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
Old Taos Guest House
San Geronimo Lodge
Inn on La Loma Plaza
The Stewart House
Touchstone Inn and Destination Spa
Taos Ski Valley
Near the Chama
Where your dog can stay while you're on the river
WHERE TO EAT
HOW TO GET AROUND
Taos's Chile Line has two routes through town.
Hertz offers car rentals and can provide pickup and delivery services, as needed; call Hertz at 575-751-3119.
Creative Soul Scavenger hunts in Taos and Santa Fe
Rock climbing: Mountain Skills
Ballooning: Rio Grande Balloons
Horseback riding: Red River Stables; Rio Grande Stables; Cieneguilla Stables
Llama trekking: Wild Earth Llama Adventures
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
The John Dunn Shops
Emily Benoist Ruffin Jewelry
Lenny Foster: Living Light Photography Gallery
Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
Twirl Toystore and Playspace
Habitat for Humanity - Building homes for low-income families
Horseback Riding, Fishing, Hunting: Red River Stables
Jeep Tours and Rentals: Bighorn Sports
Santa Fe and Nearby