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By Patrick Harris (10 McR Points) on Jan 26, 2020

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84 north from espanola to chama to state road 17 to antonito Colorado (very scenic, twisty) to 285 Romeo and catch 142 east to san Luis Colorado. 159 south takes you back towards Taos via Questa...then back down through the gorge...every possible desert and alpine landscape known.... gas, food, beer and camping opportunities abound

Scenery

Chama valley has great food at Bodes in abiquieu, rock outcroppings, mesa's and stunning rock formations (Georgia O'Keefe painted here) pinion forests til tierra amarilla and then mountain farms and ranches til chama (you could go left 9n 64 for some serious twisty riding through the Brazos cliff dwellings) continue to Antonito on a gorgeous, sparsely travelled hwy 17 with big peaks and valleys, lots of twists and great camping....285 to 142 has high desert views (watch out for wind) 142 is also high desert until san Luis where you're going to see the oldest town in Colorado and the northernmost point of the Spanish Empires expansion in North America....159 south to taos offers a nice straight ride through wild mustang's with the sangre de Cristo mountains immediately to the east while you'll catch the rio grande gorge to the west as you head back into the espanola valley after taos

Drive Enjoyment

Good paved roads, few popo, gas stations roughly every 30 to 40 miles...

Tourism Opportunities

If you like camping there are gobs of opportunities all along this route

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