Northern New Mexico is home to several must-visit destinations, and Taos is certainly one of them! Located just over an hour from our Chimayo bed & breakfast, this Southwest village offers a wide variety of experiences for visitors. Thousands of years ago, it was believed to be the fabled “City of Gold” by nomadic tribes. Today, it is a hub of inspiration for artists, a learning experience for history buffs, and a must-visit destination for skiers. Here are just some of our guests’ favorites things to do in Taos, NM that we’re sure you’ll to try!
After finding your favorite things to do in Taos, NM, it’s time to start planning the rest of your vacation! Request your free copy of our Chimayo Vacation Guide right now and you’ll instantly receive a full list of our area’s top activities and attractions including local hiking trails, museums, restaurants, shopping, events, and more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the ultimate New Mexico getaway.
The Most Fun Things to Do in Taos, NM
1. High Road to Taos
This is the route most of our guests take from Chimayo 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. This journey is a great warm-up for Taos and makes getting there even more fun!
2. Taos Pueblo
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.
3. Ghost Ranch in Taos
This 21,000-acre land was once the home of famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe. It was also the subject 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!
4. Taos Plaza
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!
5. Taos Ski Valley
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.
6. Hacienda de los Martinez
Located approximately two miles west of Taos, Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few Colonial Period “Great Houses” still in existence. Lovers of history will enjoy exploring the Hacienda’s 20 rooms and two courtyards that provide a look into what life was like for ranchers during the early 1800s. The gift shop is also a great spot to find unique souvenirs such as bultos, quilts, and vividly colorful textiles.
7. San Francisco de Asis Church
The San Francisco de Asis Church is one of the area’s most picturesque adobe structures and a hotspot for photographers. It was built in the early 1800s and is the only original church which remains intact in the Taos area. Beside the church, you’ll find even more old adobe buildings that provide insight into the construction methods used with the timber and adobe materials. It’s the perfect spot to snap a few photos and learn more about New Mexico’s traditional architecture.
Escape to the Southwest With Casa Escondida
Located in the historic village of Chimayo, our unique bed & breakfast inn is unlike any other northern New Mexico accommodation. With traditional New Mexican charm in a tranquil mountain setting, you’ll hardly find a more romantic place to relax and experience the culture of the Southwest. Each of our guest rooms boasts New Mexican antiques and decor with all the modern luxuries you desire. Our guests will also be treated to a hot breakfast with a unique Southwest flair each morning. Whether you’re traveling for a romantic getaway or “just because,” you’ll want to take advantage of Casa Escondida’s exclusive vacation packages and specials. Book your stay at Casa Escondida today for the ultimate getaway to New Mexico!