“A place of red willows,” otherwise known as Taos, New Mexico is a town rich in culture and history. Taos received its name from nearby Taos Pueblo to the north, which was established around 1200 A.D. After a period of Spanish colonization in the 1600’s, the area was named Don Fernando de Taos. The 1800’s saw a period of fur trappers settling in the region followed by a flock of painters and artists in the early 1900’s. In 1915, six artists formed the Taos Society of artists and began a trend of paintings which featured Native Americans in the pueblo. A few of these paintings now serve as a tourists attraction for thousands of annual visitors to Taos.
The city of Taos remains an epicenter for culture and arts, with shopping, dining and adventure mixed it. It is possible to say that one will truly never be bored in Taos. Between the historic landmarks, exquisite cuisine, quaint and abundant lodging, art galleries, cultural festivals, outdoor activities, wedding venues, spas to relax, and shopping options till you drop, Taos welcomes anyone, and everyone. The region is home to a ski resort, UNESCO world heritage site, jaw-dropping landscapes of mountains and gorges, and artists that will make you gawk at true talent and beauty. Taos can be reached by car or plane via the regional airport just 8 miles away from city center.
Museums & Historic Landmarks
A must-do activity in Taos is make a list of museums, landmarks and iconic destinations to visit. It is easy to spend days at a time stumbling from attraction to attraction, learning the diverse history saturated throughout Taos. Most of the popular spots revolve around art and the unique architecture of the region. A few include:
●Ernest L. Blumenschein House
●Eanger Irving Couse House and Studio
●The Harwood Museum of Art
●D.H. Lawrence Ranch
●Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
●Millicent Roger Museum
●Kit Carson Home & Museum
All around the world, there are ski resorts established to cycle skiers and snowboarders through like ranchers herd cattle. Taos Ski Valley partners with the United States Forest Service, which makes Taos Ski Resort is unlike any other mountain out there. Rugged terrain and groomers unite on nearly 1,300 acres of skiable territory. It should be noted that a majority of the trails require expert skill to navigate a total vertical drop of 3,281 feet in places. The epicenter of the ski area is Kachina Peak which isn’t quite a 14er, but stands out at an impressive 12,481 feet. 2018 brought the addition of a new high-speed quad chairlift from the base up Al’s run providing an efficient way to reach the top of the mountain in minimal time.
Skiing and snowboarding however, is not everyone’s cup of tea. Experience the Taos Valley on snowmobile, by snowshoe, or perhaps relax at a local spa or rejuvenate the Ojo Caliente hot springs.
Imagine floating up in the sky via the basket of a hot air balloon, look over the edge and see the gaping Rio Grande Gorge in the valley below. If this makes you a little queasy, try your hand at one of dozens more summer activities in Taos. Horseback and llama riding is a popular family-friendly outing. New Mexico is not all desert and pueblos, areas near Taos such as the Rio Grande or Rio Hondo Rivers are a fisherman and woman’s dream! Snag a northern pike, rainbow or brown.
Take a ride up the chair lift and enjoy the mountain scenery backed by endless bluebird skies. Rent a mountain bike and explore forests, trails and meadows for miles. After a few days of on-the-go outdoor activities, take a train ride and relax as a coal-fired steam engine carries you along a 64-mile route winding through the incredible New Mexico scenery. This is also a great option for fall to peep the fire-like Aspen trees splashed against the mountains like a painting.
Looking for an authentic gift or artisan-crafted item for your home? Look no further than the local shops of Taos, filled to the brim with Taos-made products and goods. Stroll down Bent Street and purchase a custom, hand-made Native American drum, ceramic accent pieces for the kitchen, or gourmet goods like chile powders and mouthwatering cornbreads. Peruse one of the many pop up goods or farmers market for one-of-a-kind items you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world.
In Taos, there is a reason to celebrate all year long. The Taos Community Auditorium and Kit Carson Park are home to an event nearly every weekend of the year! Musicians and artists flock to the area for a wide variety of art shows, festivals and annual staple events. Taos provides something for every age and interest. Check out a few of the following events to get a taste of what is offered:
- Taos Winter Wine Festival
- Not Forgotten Outreach Veteran Appreciation Ski Week
- Taos Springs Arts
- Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Races
- Lilac Festival
- Movies on the Green at Kit Carson Park
- Running and Bike Races
- Music in the Park
- Bacon and Brews
- Las Fiestas de Taos
- Music from Angel Fire
- Glam Trash Fashion Show
- Taos Wool Festival
- Mountain Hot Air Balloon Rally
No doubt about it, Taos is a glorious place to play in all year round. Revel in the Southwest culture, escape into nature, indulge in the distinctive cuisine, celebrate diversity and artistic talent, or simply relax in the peaceful bliss. With activities to keep you constantly busy, Taos is a no brainer for your next residence or home away from home.