Good job, Dave; that's a yes on both counts. This is the beginning of Scenic Side Trip #25, which runs from Santa Fe north to Abiqui, and on to Tierra Amarilla, where it connects to US-64, which it follows up and over 10,507 foot Brazos Summit (the highest point on any through highway in New Mexico), across the Rio Grande Gorge, then through Taos, Angel Fire, and Cimarron before reconnecting with I-25 in Raton.
I really love this particular Side Trip. Abiqui was both the home and the primary inspiration to Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the foremost American painters of the 20th Century, and you can really see her work in the surrounding landscape. The road north from there, US-84 past the Ghost Ranch, is strikingly beautiful, with red rock cliffs and interesting geological formations, but it's US-64 east from Tierra Amarilla that's the real thrill. When you reach Brazos Summit, you get the view of the Mystery Cliff in photo #5. That's the Brazos Cliffs, a gigantic block of Precambrian quartzite that's more than 2,000 feet tall, and yes, that's big enough to disrupt the weather flowing in from the plains.
For drivers who love twisty roads, it should be noted that US-64 up and over the summit is considered one of the finest motorcycle routes anywhere. I'm always talking about my, "Oh, Wow!" moments, the views, events, or unique scenes off the side of the road that make my eyes go all-the-way wide. The unobstructed view of Brazos Cliffs provided an "Oh, Wow!" moment. The ride down the other side on US-64? Now that was an "Oh, boy!" moment, and it went on and on for miles, with sweeping curves, expansive views, and (almost) no other traffic. I don't have pictures of that section of road. When I'm having that much fun driving, I totally get into a zone, and I don't even think about stopping for photos!