Dallas to Taos

Taos Cultural Institute

Driving Directions from Dallas to Taos

Drive time is approximately 11 hours.

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Take I-635 toward DFW International Airport. Just north of the airport entrance, I-635 ends and merges into Highway 121. Immediately exit right onto Highway 114. Stay on 114, past the Texas Motor Speedway, for about 28 miles until it intersects US 81/287. Take the US 287 North exit toward Decatur/Wichita Falls. Continue on US 287 through Wichita Falls toward Amarillo. Just east of Amarillo, US 287 ends and intersects with I-40. Take I-40 West through Amarillo into New Mexico (don’t miss Cadillac Ranch, just west of Amarillo). Proceed with either of the following routes:

  • Most Direct Route: Continue on I-40 through Tucumcari and Santa Rosa to Highway 84. The Pecos River Railroad Bridge in Santa Rosa was immortalized in the movie version of The Grapes of Wrath. Santa Rosa is also home to the fabulous Blue Hole, a bottomless cavern lake used for scuba diving and other water recreation. I-40 is the old Route 66 at this point, which continues west through Albuquerque and into Arizona. Several miles West of Santa Rosa, take Highway 84 North to I-25 toward Las Vegas, New Mexico. You will be traveling through cretaceous sediments that date back over 65 million years as you travel north through Anton Chico and into Las Vegas. Exit on NM 65 and go past Commerce Street and Grand, then turn right (north) on 7th Street.
  • Most Scenic Route: At Tucumcari, exit off of I-40 onto Highway 104 North toward Las Vegas, New Mexico. (Note: there are no gasoline stations between Tucumcari and Las Vegas on this route.) To the Northwest of Tucumcari is Conchas Lake State Park, a recreation area surrounded by acres of grasslands. As you travel north toward Las Vegas, the open grasslands will allow you to see the mountains surrounding Santa Fe and extending north to Taos. As you approach Las Vegas, NM 104 becomes NM 65. Stay on NM 65 past I-25, Commerce Street, and Grand, then turn right (north) on 7th Street.

Outside the Las Vegas city limits, 7th Street becomes NM 518. Take NM 518 North toward Mora. Continue on NM 518 through Mora and Angostura (old settlements that are still agriculturally based), and then on through Tres Ritos and Sipapu (more modern, visitor-oriented locales). The entrance to the SMU-in-Taos campus will be 14 miles past Sipapu on the left, flanked by adobe walls.

Continuing into Taos

To reach Taos, continue on NM 518 until it intersects NM 68. Turn right on NM 68, which becomes Paseo del Pueblo Sur (South Pueblo Road) and takes you directly into Taos.

  • The Taos Visitors Center is 2 miles on the right
  • The Bean South (Taos’ version of Starbucks) is 2.5 miles on the right
  • The Taos Plaza is 4.5 miles on the left
  • The Fechin Inn (800-811-2933 or 505 751-1000) is 5 miles on the right
  • Download a map of Taos hotels, restaurants, and points of interest.

For more Information

Contact us at taosci@smu.edu or 214-768-1303.

For more information about the Taos area, visit the Taos Chamber and Visitors Center.

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