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Old 11-21-2010, 11:46 PM
 
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Default Driving from COS to Taos

Has anyone driven from COS to Taos? We are planning on making this drive over Christmas and are trying to get an idea of how tricky the drive is, especially if there is weather.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:56 PM
 
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We got married in Taos and came up through Pagosa Springs when Monarch Pass had 20' on the ground. It can be a little tricky with the snow but taking the long way down takes you past Pagosa Springs as well as Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch and that's really what it's all about right there. Directly to your question, Monarch Pass can be down right viscous and is simply closed during heavy storms.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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An alternative if the weather is bad through Monarch Pass is to take I-25 to US-64 in New Mexico (Cimarron exit). Chances are, the roads will be better over Raton Pass than Monarch Pass. If all else fails, you can take the I all the way to Santa Fe, and then go up the back way. Any one of the three routes is a very pretty drive, provided the weather cooperates.

Just check the road conditions before you go. If it's bad in one area, you have other options.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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I second Maynerd's post. I've traveled to Taos more times than I can remember and never had any trouble taking the I-25 route to 64 route.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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I second Maynerd's post. I've traveled to Taos more times than I can remember and never had any trouble taking the I-25 route to 64 route.
Thanks!
Yes, we go to Taos often (but before we have been coming from the west and come up thru Santa Fe), so we do not really need to do a particularly scenic route in the winter... just the least tricky in winter weather and fastest. I will check out this route.....

(and will maybe check out Monarch Pass when we drive down this summer!)
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:24 PM
 
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I second Maynerd's post. I've traveled to Taos more times than I can remember and never had any trouble taking the I-25 route to 64 route.
Yes, I agree. Pretty much south of Raton Pass you won't have snow on I-25, but it can get a little tricky when you exit 64 and head west/northwest going up by Angel Fire (I forget the name) and around the lake, but shouldn't be an issue. Monarch is much trickier!
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Well, weather always makes any drive trickier.

Aside from that, it's a quick and nice drive once you get past Pueblo and points south. I've always done 25 South and over Raton Pass. Once in NM, the route through Cimarron Canyon is really pretty. When in Taos - try and do a little road trip to a hot springs nearby - it's a beautiful drive and a nice way to soak away some stress: New Mexico Hot Springs | New Mexico Spas | New Mexico Resort | Southwest Spa | Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa | 800.222.9162

Plus they serve some great food in the restaurant there.

Last edited by mtngigi; 11-26-2010 at 08:54 AM.. Reason: added information
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