Absorbing the sweeping canyon and mountain views
Hot-air ballooning and touching down for a water landing in the Rio Grande
Winter diversions at the Taos Ski Valley village and resort
A 1,000-year-old pueblo adobe settlement, a UNESCO Heritage Site
Peaceful paddleboard outing in the mountains
Walkway leading to the historic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church
Cycling through the historic heart of the city
Outdoor socializing around a storefront campfire
A bohemian mecca in the high desert
1,000 Years of Settlement
Among the most famous monuments in Taos is Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe village inhabited for more than a millennium by the Taos Native American tribe. Beyond the ancient pueblo, Spanish culture can be explored at the Hacienda de Los Martinez or the San Francisco de Asis mission. The mélange of cultures is evident in the local cuisine, which can be sampled at more than 50 restaurants, including home-style Spanish-themed eateries, microbreweries and five-star fusion dining.
A Working Artists’ Colony
Ever since the first artists arrived in the 1920s, Taos has been a mecca for creative minds. Painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, metalwork and multimedia pieces can be admired at numerous private galleries or at museums such as the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum. If you’re not sure where to start, take a 45-minute art tour of the town and get an overview of the creative side of Taos. Those who want to create their own masterpieces can attend workshops or classes in everything from stone carving to welding.
Both desert and mountain activities await in Taos. If you’re up for a challenge, consider a gorgeous high-altitude hike at Williams Lake, or plan a camping trip in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Visitors flock in the winter months to the world-class Taos Ski Valley, which features five ski resorts. For the best view of the valley, take a ride in a hot-air balloon. For a more low-key adventure, consider a scenic vehicle tour to discover sites like the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Wheeler Peak and the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.