The villages of Llano San Juan, Llano Largo, and Santa Barbara in the Peñasco area were first settled by Spanish colonists in 1796, the same year as Taos. The definition of a "llano" is a "broad, treeless plain," but Llano San Juan and Llano de La Yegua are charming, lush green valleys. (They can be seen as green jewels even from a great distance on Google Earth or Google Maps satellite view.) They encapsulate the charm of all of the New Mexico High Road villages: old adobes, grazing horses, golden meadows, wildflowers, vestiges of a centuries-old way of life.
Go back the way you came, toward Peñasco, and at the stop sign take a right turn back onto SR 75 and continue the scenic drive toward Vadito.