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Taos

For The Most Adventurous

Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is tucked away in a corner of New Mexico that will take your breath away. From the rare and special place of Taos Pueblo to the mountaintops at Taos Ski Valley, Taos has quickly become a favorite stop among the most adventurous of travelers.

Shopping



  • Taos Plaza
    Taos Plaza is the center of the Taos Historic District and offers a variety of unique shops that feature authentic, made-in-New Mexico products.
  • Taos Pueblo
    Journey here and enjoy incredible shops where visitors can find authentic Native American jewelry, weaving, pottery, drums, paintings and sculpture sold in curio shops throughout Taos Pueblo.
  • John Dunn Shops
    A unique garden walkway, John Dunn Shops is a shopper’s paradise offering fun local treasures in twenty unique, locally-owned shops.
  • Overland Sheepskin Co/Ranch
    Founded in Taos in 1973, this company provides visitors with some real traditional Taos shopping selling shearling coats, designer leather jackets, fur and fabric coats, boots, clothing, jewelry, and sheepskin.
  • Arroyo Seco
    Serving as the last stop before the Taos Ski Valley, this village is a shopping paradise. Deemed as “The Jewel of Taos County,” the area offers a variety of small specialty shops, many exhibiting work by local artists and craftspeople along with a variety of restaurants and attend seasonal music events.
Local Events



  • Taos Solar Music Festival
    2-day music festival and sustainable energy fair. The festival welcomes the best of national and regional artists. Big names like Mumford and Sons and Lyle Lovett have graced the stages of Solorfest. This year’s gig is set for June 27th & 28th.
  • Plaza Live
    A weekly free summer sound series on Thursdays, Taos Plaza Live kicks off in May and runs until September 1st. Local and regional blues, swing and folk music bands rotate throughout the summer.
  • Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
    2016 marks the 24th annual balloon rally. Get up close and personal with balloonists and about 25-50 hot air balloons. A great family-friendly event.
  • The Taos Wool Festival
    This free two day family-friendly festival celebrates the regional wool market and will feature juried vendors displaying their wool, fiber, yarns, and artistic creations.
Things To Do



  • NYE at The Plaza
    Taos Plaza is the place to be on New Year’s Eve! Residents and visitors enjoy watching the countdown on the big movie screen while listening to live DJ music. There’s also a light show, fireworks, pig roast, and plenty of food vendors.
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
    Park, stretch your legs and take in some awesome views of the Rio Grande and surrounding canyon. As the second highest bridge in the US, this area offers outdoor enthusiasts an abundant amount of recreational opportunities
  • High Road to Taos
    On your way to Taos, check out the High Road, a stunning and winding road that takes you through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visitors enjoy awe-inspiring scenery and remote mountain areas such as the tiny Spanish Land Grant villages and Pueblo Indian villages.
  • Taos Country Club
    Located only five miles south of Taos, the Taos Country Club offers a spectacular par 72, 7,300 yard championship course and features breathtaking high-desert scenery surrounded by the Sangre De Christo mountains.
  • White Water Rafting Hiking & Mountain Biking
    Whether you’re planning a ½ day, full day or multi-day adventure, Taos offers this best adventures for the true outdoor enthusiast. Look into New Mexico River Adventures who specialize in White Water Rafting adventures along with other outdoor pursuits, such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. If you’re hitting the trails (wilderness skills intact), Taos offers a plethora of challenging & stunning trails.
  • Earthships
    A Taos must-see. Earthships are a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos. Visit for a day and learn all about these impressive homes or stay the night and experience completely sustainable, off-grid living.
  • Taos Cow @ Arroyo Seco
    An experience all on its own, visit Taos Cow at Arroyo Seco and enjoy traditional, all-natural premium ice create. It’s the perfect treat while exploring this unique village.
Museums



  • Millicent Rogers Museum
    Established in 1956, this Taos museum rotates its collections on a frequent basis through its galleries and is unique in the southwest because of its intimate exhibit spaces. A must-see for a taste of the rich and diverge cultural heritage of the southwest.
  • Harwood Museum of Art
    A subset of the University of New Mexico, the Harwood Museum of Art curates exhibits dedicated to the northern New Mexico. Native American, Hispanic and contemporary collections are frequent mainstays at the museum.
  • Kit Carson Home & Museum
    Located in the heart of Taos, the home was built in 1825 and originally the residence of famed Kit Carson, an American frontiersman and soldier. The only remaining physical reminders of Carson’s life, visitors can take a guided tour of the house and explore exhibits on Carson’s life and accomplishments.
  • Taos Art Museum & Fechin House
    Housed in the former abode of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, the museum opened 1998 and features many of his hand-carved furnishings and art and is now home to works from the Taos Society of Artists. A variety of exhibits and events take place every year for visitors and locals to enjoy.
  • La Hacienda De Los Martínez Museum
    On the National Register of Historic Places, the Hacienda de los Martinez is now a living museum and one of the last remaining “Great Houses” remaining in the Southwest. Get a rare glimpse of the rugged frontier life of the 1800s and can pick up bultos, quilts, and vividly colored hand-woven textiles at their shop.
Galleries



  • Pat Woodall Fine Art
    If you’re a fan of color, you have to check this out. Pat Woodall Fine Art Gallery showcases his works of art created in a working studio and also offers drop-in painting classes.
  • Ennvi Gallery
    Escaping boredom, three local Taos artists collaborated to open the Ennvi Gallery, a cooperative space featuring art, gifts, jewelry and photography. The space also a shop with some of the best vinyl record collection in Taos.
  • The Ranch at Taos
    Truly authentic, this well-crafted showplace offers Western and Southwestern themed arts-Paintings, sculptures and vintage western articles.
  • Charles Collins Gallery
    Deemed as “the most awarded artist,” Charles Collin’s gallery is a site to be seen. Located at the southeastern corner of the Taos Plaza, the gallery features sculptures and paintings all capturing the essence of the Master Mind of Consciousness.
  • Act One Gallery & Sculpture Garden
    With a perfect selection of original art at fair market value, Act One features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and fine handmade furniture.
Outdoors



  • El Río Grande del Norte National Monument
    At an average elevation of 7,000 feet, this national monument is public land comprised of 310,000 acres of valleys and volcanic cones and offers exciting trails, camping and water activities.
  • Taos Ski Valley
    Originally built from timber and ore mining, Taos Ski Valley is a charming village and alpine ski resort only 18 miles from the downtown and grants access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average 300 inches of snowfall annually.
  • Carson National Forest
    Awaiting your exploration, the Caron National Forest is home to Wheeler Peak (the highest mountain in New Mexico) Carson National Forest encompasses 1.5 million acres and boasts unlimited recreational opportunities in any season. Accessible to the El Pueblo Lodge, there are an abundance of Forest Service roads and other paths to choose from.
Skiing



  • Taos Ski Valley
    Originally built from timber and ore mining, Taos Ski Valley is a charming village and alpine ski resort only 18 miles from the downtown and grants access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average 300 inches of snowfall annually.
  • Angel Fire Ski Area
    An easy drive from El Pueblo Lodge and 8,600-feet above sea level in the Southern Rockies, the Angel Fire Ski area offers a variety of activities including skiing, snowboarding, ziplining, downhill mountain biking and more.
  • Red River
    Within an hour drive of the lodge is the mountain town of Red River. Known for its alpine and cross-country ski area in the winter there’s also hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the summer.
  • Sipapu Ski and Summer Report
    Established in 1952 as the area’s more affordable and family-friend resort, the Sipapu Ski Resort is 20 miles southwest of Taos. The area offers 5 ski lifts, 3 terrain parks and a winter ski school. Summer offers free fly fishing clinics and a scenic 20-hole disc golf course.

Piqued Your Interest?

For more information on planning your visit to Taos, upcoming celebrations or for a full list of self guided tours, please visit our friends at Visit Taos to learn more.