Rural New Mexico at its most sincere and picturesque is showcased in Truchas, originally settled by the Spaniards in the 18th century. Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War was filmed here (but don't bother with the movie – the book it's based on, by John Nichols, is waaaay better).
To see the village itself, don’t follow the main road as it turns left towards Taos, but head straight on uphill towards the Truchas Peaks. Narrow roads, many unpaved, wend between century-old adobes. Fields of grass and alfalfa spread toward the sheer walls and plunging ridges of the mountains. Between the run-down homes, some wonderful galleries double as workshops for local weavers, painters, sculptors and other artists.