About Taos


Taos is a beautiful small town nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico. The area has many fascinating layers of history, from the early Anasazi peoples and their modern Pueblo Indian descendants, to the Spanish conquistadors of the sixteenth century, to the artists and writers who flocked to Taos throughout the twentieth century, including people such as D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Agnes Martin, whose work can be seen at the Harwood Museum. Many of its adobe buildings date back hundreds of years, and its plaza is one of the finest in the Southwest. Taos Pueblo, over a thousand years old, is a United Nations World Heritage Site and may be the oldest continuously inhabited building in the United States.

Taos lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, near the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge. The bridge which spans the gorge is the second highest on the U.S. Highway System, at approximately 650 feet above river level. There are many ski areas nearby (downhill, cross-country, and snowboarding), wonderful trails for hiking and horseback riding, and some of the nation's best mountain biking trails.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Town of Taos 

Bed and Breakfasts

Adobe and Pines

Palacio de Marquesa
La Dona Luz Inn
La Posada de Taos
Casa Gallina
Taos Country Inn Bed and Breakfast 
Old Taos Guest House
Casa Benavides
San Geronimo Lodge
American Artists Gallery House
Inn on La Loma Plaza
Cottonwood Inn
The Stewart House
Adobe and Stars
Touchstone Inn and Destination Spa

Hotels

Hotel Don Fernando
El Monte Sagrado
Taos Inn
Sagebrush Inn

Motels
El Pueblo Lodge

Youth Hostels
The Abominable Snowmansion

Taos Ski Valley

The Bavarian

Near the Chama

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
The Abiquiu Inn

Where your dog can stay while you're on the river

10,000 Wags


WHERE TO EAT

El Meze
The Love Apple
Orlando's
The Trading Post
Lambert's
Mondo Italiano
De La Tierra at El Monte Sagrado
Doc Martin's at the Taos Inn

Cafes

KOKO, Coffee, Deli and Carry-Out
Elevation Coffee
Wired Coffee Cyber-Cafe


HOW TO GET AROUND

Public transportation
Taos's Chile Line has two routes through town.

Rental cars
Hertz offer car rentals and can provide pickup and delivery services, as needed; call Hertz at 575-751-3119.


OTHER  ACTIVITIES

General
Rock climbing: Mountain Skills
Ballooning: Pueblo Balloons
Horseback riding: Taos Indian Horse Ranch; Rio Grande Stables; Big Al's Wilderness Adventures
Llama trekking: Wild Earth Llama Adventures
Wildlife and cultural tours: Wild River Tours
Golfing: Taos Country Club
Hiking: Carson National Forest
Stargazing: Night Sky Adventures
Literary readings and Taos Storytelling Festival: S.O.M.O.S.
Photography tours and workshops: Geraint Smith Photography
Yoga: Shree Yoga

Shopping
The John Dunn Shops
Toto Home
Emily Benoist Ruffin Jewelry
Moby Dickens Bookshop
Lenny Foster: Living Light Photography Gallery
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
Taos Artisans Gallery
Twirl Toystore and Playspace
Michelle's boutique

Courses
Habitat for Humanity - Building homes for low-income families

 

RED RIVER

Horseback Riding, Fishing, Hunting: Red River Stables

 

ANGEL FIRE

Golfing: Angel Fire Resort
Horseback Riding: Roadrunner Tours

 

SANTA FE AND NEARBY

Santa Fe Walkabouts - hikes to Bandelier, Puye, and in the Sangre de Cristo mountains
Bandelier National Monument
Santa Fe
Valle Escondido
Valle Vidal
Sanctuario de Chimayo
Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

 

ELSEWHERE IN NEW MEXICO

Gila Wilderness Ventures - Horseback Pack Trips

For more information on Taos, go to www.taos.org or The Taos Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on New Mexico, go to www.discovernewmexico.com or www.newmexico.org.