Vadito means "little ford." There is not much of a town; most of the homes and farms of this rural community follow the river valley on both sides of the road. Forest Road 469, on the north side of the road, branches off into Forest Road 3, which is part of the old Spanish Camino Real or "Royal Road."
Beyond Vadito, enjoy the drive through the lovely valley of Placita. At the “stone wall” intersection, the High Road turns left onto State Road 518 to Ranchos de Taos.