PARENTS WARNING: TAOS IS TOO...
PARENTS WARNING: TAOS IS TOO DANGEROUS FOR KIDS AND BEGINNERS. PARENTS WARNING: DO NOT SKI AT TAOS WITH YOUR KIDS UNLESS THEY ARE EXTREMELY EXPERIENCED. THE SO-CALLED 'GREEN' (EASY) SLOPES ARE MISLABELED - THEY ARE STEEP AND DANGEROUS. YOUR KIDS COULD BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED.
My girlfriend and I recently went skiing in the Taos Ski Valley. As beginners, (It's been a long time since I've been skiing and this was her first time) we examined the Taos ski map carefully looking for 'green' (easy) trails to ski on.
Within minutes of leaving the ski lift, she was seriously injured on the so called 'easy' trails. To my shock, the 'easy' Toas slopes are extremely steep and dangerous. They do not even remotely resemble the slopes marked 'green' at the more honest resorts in the state to the north.
It's easy to understand why Taos Ski Valley mislabels the slopes as 'green.' If they disclosed the true difficulty of their slopes, beginners and parents skiing with their children would change their ski plans to a safe location. The truth is that Taos has no slopes a beginner should ski except for an extremely tiny and overcrowded bunny slope.
During the two hours that we were in the medical facility getting her treated, several children were admitted for serious injuries. One had a fractured femur. Another a broken spine. Furthermore, the facility was crowded beyond belief.
If you're a beginner or will be taking your kids skiing with you, avoid Taos like the plague.
Taos Spa & Tennis Club
The Taos Spa & Tennis Club of Taos has a lot to offer, from relaxing Spa to exercise classes, tennis, racquetball and kid club (swim and tennis lessons).
Entrance is $12 per adult for an entire day.
Victory Alpaca Ranch
I am easily surprised and was at the sight of a large herd of Alpacas in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The Victory Ranch breeds and raises them for sale as well as for their fine quality wool Their giftshop includes Alpaca wool sweaters. Besides admiring their stock, you can board your llama here! Just outside Mora, NM on NM Hwy 518 - about 40 miles south of Taos.
Cimarron Canyon State Park, Pallisades Sill
High in new Mexico's High Country, set with clear running water, seasonally snow-peaked mountains, rock climbing sills, canyon niches, and gorgeous forests ... Cimarron Canyon has alot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. Its part of a 33,116 acre wildlife area - the largest in New Mexico teaming with Elk, deer, bear, turkey and grouse attracting hunters in the fall and winter. Wildlife viewing is plentiful as songbirds, elk, deer, bear, turkey and grouse call the park home. "You are now at the Great Plains - Rocky Mountain boundary. The Cimarron Range, one of the easternmost ranges of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in this part of New Mexico. Elevation 6,800 feet." State Park: "This high mountain park is part of a state wildlife area and is managed by the New Mexico State Park Division in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Trout fishing is excellent in the Cimarron River and the park offers fine opportunities for backcountry hiking and wildlife viewing. The crenallated granite formations known as the Pallisades are popular with rock climbers." Pallisades Sill: "These spectacular cliffs are cut by the Cimarron River through igneous rock known as a sill and composed of the rock type monzonite which was emplaced some 40 million years ago as these southern Rocky Mountains were being uplifted. Elevation 8,000 feet. "(roadside historical marker)
Take the Enchanted Circle...
Take the Enchanted Circle drive, going through Angel Fire and Red River. Great scenery and nature shots. Also, after Red River, there's a small pull-off where you can walk down to the river.
The photo attached here is of the Red River itself.