Located just over an hour from the historic village of Chimayo, you’ll find another New Mexico destination well worth the drive. Taos, NM was discovered by nomadic tribes thousands of years ago and believed to be the fabled “City of Gold.” It is also known as the inspiration for great artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Aldous Huxley. From historic sites, fascinating art galleries, and exciting skiing opportunities, there is always something fun to see and do in this beautiful city. Here are just some of our guests’ favorites things to do in Taos, NM that we’re sure you’ll love too!
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5 Fun Things to Do in Taos, NM
High Road to Taos
From Chimayo, take NM 76 towards Taos. Along the journey, you will drive through some of northern New Mexico’s most quaint and charming towns. Some of the first villages you will encounter include Ruchas, Cordova, and Ojo Sarco. These towns are well known for woodcarving, rugs, pottery, and other artifacts. In Las Trampas, you’ll find spectacular Spanish-colonial architecture and the San Jose de Gracia de las Trampas. As you continue along through the Carson National Forest, you’re sure to see the San Francisco de Asisi. This is a 19th-century church made immortalized by many artists. This journey is a great warm-up for Taos and makes getting there even more fun!
This traditional Pueblo village is a living community that still houses several Taos Indians. The Taos Pueblo has thrived for more than 1,000 years and is designated as a National Historic Landmark and World Heritage site. Visitors are welcome inside the village to experience the everyday life of the locals and explore the historic Pueblo houses. Tradition dictates that no running water or electricity are allowed inside, so you’ll discover a whole new way of life inside the village.
The Ghost Ranch in Taos
This 21,000-acre land was once the home of famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe. It was also the star of many of her most famous paintings. The stunning beauty of the land has led it to become an interfaith retreat center of the Presbyterian Church. With the mission to enrich lives, Ghost Ranch offers a wide variety of activities for its guests including workshops, week-long retreats, yoga, and outdoor recreation. With multiple hiking trails, horseback riding excursions, bodywork sessions, and museums, you could spend an entire day at Ghost Ranch!
Since its construction 300 years ago, Taos Plaza still lives as the beating heart of the historic district. Visiting the plaza grants you the perfect opportunity to explore the culture of Taos. Browse the picturesque art galleries, find some of the best boutique stores for shopping in Taos, or enjoy a live concert from May to October! No matter what you decide to do, taking a stroll through the plaza is an absolute must!
Taos, New Mexico Skiing
Taos Ski Valley is one of the best winter destinations in New Mexico! Rumored to stand on sacred ground, Taos Ski Valley is a place of great cultural significance. It is also here where you will find numerous ski trails, snow tubing, ski schools, and plenty of dining! Whether you’re an avid skier or are just a beginner, we guarantee you’ll never forget a fun-filled day on the Taos slopes.
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