Magazine article Sunset

Haute Route

Magazine article Sunset

Haute Route

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TRIP 4/190 MILES

SANTA FE - CHIMAYÓ - TAOS - OJO CALIENTE - ABIQUIU - MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT

WHY GO Art and life merge along this high-desert corridor, where Native Americans have handcrafted clay pottery for hundreds of years, and where Georgia O'Keeffe drew inspiration from the red rocks and landscape surrounding Abiquiu.

WHO IT'S FOR Lovers of high art who also want to explore the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the wide-open spaces of northern New Mexico.

WHERE TO STAY Ojo Caliente, one of the oldest spas in the States at 145, is famous for its healing lithium, iron, soda, and arsenic baths. Book a beautiful Cliffside Suite, with a kiva fireplace, private tub, and access to the Kiva Pool. From 5739, Cliffside Suites from $299; ojospa.com.

1 SANTA FE BOTANICAL GARDEN AT MUSEUM HILL Sure to be a welcome oasis, the 13-acre garden is slated to open this summer on Museum Hill, which is also home to the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. $5; santafebotanical garden.org.

2 EL SANTUARIO DE CHIMAYÓ One of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the country, the picturesque adobe church draws 300,000 visitors a year. The exterior is captivating, but make sure to see the retablos, or devotional paintings, inside. holychimayo.us.

3 MILLICENT ROGERS MUSEUM In Taos, admire the impeccable taste the urbane Rogers had for Southwest jewelry and Native American art. $10; millicent rogers.org.

4 THE LOVE APPLE Reserve a table at least three days ahead for this romantic organic restaurant in Taos, beloved by locals for dishes like grilled trout wrapped in cornhusks, topped with chipotle crème, and served with quinoa piñón fritters. …

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