Driving from Los Angeles, California to Taos, New Mexico | Where to Stop, Where to Stay, + What to See and Do!
If you follow along on my instagram, you’ve already seen that I went on an epic road trip with one of my best gal pals. The trip was amazing and recharged us both. The desert definitely has healing energy and all the sights along the way were humbling and inspiring.
We started our journey from Los Angeles at 2am… yes, so that we didn’t hit any traffic. Breakfast was in a little town called Williams.
Since we couldn’t check into our first hotel until 3pm, we decided to take a detour to see the Grand Canyon. It was an incredibly humbling experience.
After the Grand Canyon, we stopped to see another hole in the ground. A meteor crater just outside Winslow, AZ. If you ever wondered what it would look like if a meteor smashed into earth… this is it.
Our first overnight stay was in Winslow, AZ. We stayed overnight at the historic La Posada Hotel.
Written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, the song “Take it Easy” was made popular in 1972 by The Eagles in which the lyrics say “well, I’m standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight”. It was indeed a fine sight! While you’re in Winslow, it is required that you get a pic of you “Standin’ on the Corner..”
The next morning, we headed out for Taos, NM. On our way, we stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park. The landscape was so beautiful. There are crystals growing INSIDE the petrified wood (nature is so freakin’ awesome) and we even saw preserved Native American petroglyphs (Newspaper Rock).
If you’re feeling peckish on the drive, I highly recommend stopping for Navajo Fry Bread.
Taos, NM… I can tell you right now, that I left a piece of my heart there. It was incredible. We stayed in an Earthship (Waybee House) which is completely off the grid! If you want to learn more or rent one for yourself checkout there website here or watch the documentary Garbage Warrior!
From Downtown Taos to the Earthship, you cross over the Rio Grande Gorge, which was slightly terrifying.
New Mexico has an amazing vibe and it’s perfect if you want to enjoy the outdoors, but also be close to civilization. We checked out the ski valley (the slopes are no joke) and we hit up the Taos Pueblo, which is still in use today.
A special treat was enjoying yoga and a soak at Ojo Caliente Spa. Yoga and a day pass to the mineral springs is $30! Total steal and totally worth it. 80 minutes of restorative yoga and about an hour of floating in the mineral springs and mud pool had us feeling like new women when we left. My favorite part? You’re not allowed to speak above a whisper and some pools are totally silent.
Oh, and definitely have a prickly pear margarita at their restaurant! Fabulous.
Our last night in Taos, it rained… and we got to see this epic double rainbow. Everytime I look at this picture, my soul sings. This earth is really incredible.
Last leg of our trip was 2 nights in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is known for it’s energy vortexes, hiking, crystal shops, and a plethora of psychics and spiritualists. Basically, if you’re a hippie, this is your mecca. I felt at home!
We hiked 3 of 4 vortexes. The Airport Vortex had our fingers and lips tingling like I’ve never felt before! Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock each had their own energy — a push and pull, a calm, a release of fear… The energy, and silence, quiets the mind and leaves you feeling balanced.
The landscape of Sedona is so gorgeous! The red rocks are really one of nature’s marvels.
We couldn’t leave without hitting up The Center for the New Age for a reading… or two… TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Sedona felt like a warm hug and it was really sad to leave. But, now I know Sedona and Taos are two places that my soul feels happy and rested… I’ll definitely be going back to both places whenever I feel like I need to get out of Los Angeles.
Restaurants of note during the trip
Turquoise Room – La Posada Hotel – Winslow, AZ
The Artesian Restaurant and Wine Bar – Ojo Caliente Spa – Ojo Caliente, NM
Oak Creek Brewery and Grill – Sedona, AZ
El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village, Sedona, AZ