We had high expectations for Santa Fe but it turned out to be pretty middle class and had an abundance of pottery stores. We took the stroll Lonely Planet recommended but that’s it. Lonely Planet suggested two alternate routes to Taos: the eastern and western. The eastern one is called the High Road to Taos. It features some of the locations of the movie The Milagro Beanfield War.
The first stop on the High Road to Taos was in Chimayo, the home of Santuario de Chimayo and the El Posito, a hole in the floor of a side chapel filled with healing earth. You can order your own vial of the dirt from the website but we bought ourselves a small vial of the dirt with a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe on it. Just in case.
People come here to get the healing dirt and take the dirt to their loved ones to heal them from their illnesses. There was a room full of crutches by the entrance of the side chapel so apparently the dirt works.
One of the reasons to visit Taos was to see some of the filming locations of Easy Rider. Unfortunately I totally forgot it when we arrived. The opening scene of the movie was filmed in Taos and the building is still there but we didn’t remember to visit it. We stayed in El Pueblo Lodge and had plans for a side tour in the morning.