Mary Hall and Adam Rondepierre are on the ultimate American road trip and they’re sharing their journey with Teva. The trip heats up (literally) in New Mexico, the land of spicy fajitas, smooth singletrack and snowcapped mountains standing guard over cracked desert earth. Here’s their guide on where to eat, sleep and play (and of course, what to pack). Meet our guest bloggers HERE!
Adam: Closer inspection revealed the small flyer taped to the window at La Cueva Café was actually an empty box of gluten-free flour. Great advertising, I thought, we’re eating here. A plateful of not-too-spicy yet radically flavorful New Mexican-style chicken fajitas, supplemented with a healthy serving of mouth-watering Sopa de Tortilla, and I was content for the rest of the day.
Mary: Splurging on a night out of organic local ingredients is absolutely worth it at The Love Apple. This place is as down to earth as Taos itself, with a menu rivaling any in Portland. The dishes are season-specific and pride themselves on being 100 percent made-from-scratch. Save room for their apple rhubarb pie!
Adam: Minutes from town is Highway 150, the steep road that snakes along the Rio Hondo River up to the Taos Ski Valley. There are a handful of quiet campgrounds right off the highway, providing a free place to spend the night—or 14—with easy access to the river and many nearby trails. We chose the Cuchillo De Medio.
Mary: Adobe and Pines Inn is an eight-room bed and breakfast rich in history and hospitality while remaining affordable. Each room is unique in southwest décor and charm and most rooms have a fireplace! Adobe and Pines Inn offers complementary firewood and a three-coarse breakfast each morning.
Adam: The hike to Williams Lake may only be two miles, but it’s an incredibly scenic trek with a 1000-foot elevation gain. Spring conditions meant knee-deep snow and a frozen lake, but the summer sun will fix that quickly.
Mary: The South Boundary Trail is the trail every mountain biker talks about in Taos. It’s over 20 miles of single track that can be broken up into shorter routes or an end to end that will awe you with views (and cardio!).
Adam: Golden sunsets illuminate Pueblo Peak, providing a different photo-worthy moment each afternoon from Highway 64.
Mary: Black Rock Hot Springs. Two soul soothing natural pools are gathered right off the bank of the Rio Grande River. Driving directions to the trailhead can be found from a simple Google search. High-clearance vehicle required, nudity recommended.
Both: Just up the highway from Taos is Great Sand Dunes National Park, a unique natural phenomenon that you need to see to believe. Snow capped mountains stand guard above the highest sand dunes in North America, providing visitors with abundant hiking, photo-ops and slopes to sled.
Mary and Adam will be sharing their adventures with us all summer as they guest blog and run their online vintage shop, Lucille and Found. Follow along here on the Ember blog for travel guides, spontaneous stories, and style tips from the road. Tag us with your own road trip adventures on Instagram @Teva #tevaroadtrip.