Windless days have been few and far between here in Santa Fe. With a rare calm afternoon, we decided to make a quick run to Taos. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the 80-mile trek to this very scenic part of northern New Mexico. Our first stop was the Gorge Bridge, about 10 miles northwest of town on US-64. The 1,280-foot span was named the most beautiful long span steel bridge in 1966, one year after its dedication.
As impressive as the bridge is, the gorge is the real star. The Rio Grande River flows some 650 feet below the steel span, making this the fifth tallest bridge in the United States.
The center of activity in the town of Taos is the town square. It's surrounded by adobe-style hotels, restaurants and shops.
Tucked on a small street just off the square is this cute quilt shop. Of course, I had to step inside. The shop features bolts of Southwest-style fabric. (It's too bad I purchased the New Mexico fabrics for our travel quilt last year!)
Like Santa Fe, Taos is a very "artsy" town. Jewelry stores and galleries abound, so you don't have to go far to find something that catches your eye. While strolling down a quiet street we spotted this sculpture that looked quite Bullwinkle-like!
One sunny afternoon in Taos is just enough to get a taste of the place. We look forward to making a lot more time for our next visit.