Taos Travel Guide

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    Taos is a work of art
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  • the contrast of colors and Adobe clay
    the contrast of colors and Adobe clay
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Taos Things to Do

  • Taos Pueblo

    It is on Navajo reservation. So they charge what will prevail; that being $10. This is for a guide tour and the tour takes about 20 minutes tops. You only see a couple of rooms/apartment portions. The whole visit is not worth the effort. Photos not allowed

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  • Ranchos de Taos

    This is an adjacent community to Taos, and really an extension of the area sites. The main attraction in the community is San Francisco de Asis Mission church. It is a monument built by Franciscan clergy in 1772 and the church got completed 1816. Georgia O'Keefe paintings are of this church. The adobe walls are very thick for preservation of the...

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  • Rio Grand-West Rim Trail Hike

    This is a 9 mile one way hike along the Rio Grand river.The trailhead begins at the Rio Grand Gorge bridge and goes south. I went in for about 4 miles and returned due to exhaustion for the day on hiking . The trail is sandy and in some places rocky. It is all flat and the views of the river canyon are great.

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  • Rio Grand-Rift Valley Hike off Hwy 68

    This is a hike; one of many along Hwy 68. A lot appear to be hiking on flat sandy surfaces, making the hike rather mundane. This hike is 9 mile RT if you go all the way in a loop. I went yin about 3 miles, and returned the same way after the scenery all was the same. it mostly is for bikers to take.

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  • Rio Grand Hike to river

    This hike is wonderful and somewhat of a challenge, but worth it all. The hike is about 3 miles one way. It goes down an old road called Hwy 570, but due to rock landslides it closed many years ago. You have to traverse over/around some of these rocks. The descent is about 700 feet, so the same back up. The views looking down and back up are great.

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  • Rio Grand Gorge Bridge

    This is a fabulous view of the Rio Grand 800 feet below plus the bridge over it. You can walk onto the bridge to look down and around. There is a center nearby that only has restrooms and picnic tables.

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Taos Restaurants

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  • Interesting Menu and Staff

    $22 as of July 2013. The Dragonfly is a neat looking place in one of the artsy parts of Taos near Taos Pueblo. They have a nice outdoor seating area and the inside is cool. The menu tends toward healthy food and Middle Eastern Food. It is also a bakery so there are plenty of good baked goods. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday and 9 AM...

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  • Good Mexican Food In Quality Inn

    $17 as of July 2013. As you might expect, Los Amigos has some New Mexican style Mexican dishes but also regular US style steak, pork chops, chicken, and seafood. The food is well-prepared and service was fine. Try the meatloaf early bird special. Decent list of wines and beers too. Hours are 5:30 PM to 9 PM.

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  • Good Chinese Food

    $9 as of July 2013. This looked like a fairly typical Chinese Restaurant inside and the menu had the usual items; maybe a few extra dishes. Large portions. Nice people running the place. Hours are 11 AM to 9 PM Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday; and 11 AM to 9:30 PM Friday and Saturday. I really enjoyed my Shredded Pork in Hot Garlic Sauce, nice...

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  • Fantastic Enchiladas

    Ogilvie's is located on the east side of the Plaza on the second floor. Go inside the shops entrance and then look for the stairs.This Mexican food restaurant is very clean and well kept. The wait staff is efficient and knows the menu. The tables are spread out so that you are not on top of a neighboring table. In the summer you can eat on the...

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  • Best Mexican In Taos!

    There are many reviews of Orlando's on the internet, all quite favorable. We dined here for lunch and were not disappointed in the least. I would say that in three weeks of travelling throughout the Southwest, this was the number one Mexican restaurant.The sauces were truly those of the Taos area, the tamales were large and plump with meat, the...

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  • Typical Food Fare

    The food was okay but nothing special. After reading the menu, I decided to try something different instead of a burger. So, I ordered the fish sandwich which was described as piled high on top of a luscious bun with asiago flavor. I got thre measly pieces like fish sticks and no flavor at all of fish. The asiago overwhelmed the sandwich. Price for...

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Taos Nightlife

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  • Nice Motel Bar

    Most hotel bars are kinda depressing and mostly good to just get a drink or two. The bar at the Quality Inn is frequented by guests and a group of locals. A few local women said they like to come here because the bar is "discreet". My rum and coke was strong and decent sized. They had snacks and popcorn for free too. Nice people. Casual to dressy...

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  • Two Steppin' Fun!

    The lounge is located in the old part of the Sagebrush Inn. It apparently has been around since the 1920s. When I came across the street from my hotel to the lounge I was afraid that I had been given bad information. From the highway, it didnt look like it was open. I walked around back and found a courtyard and the entrance to the lounge and...

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Taos Transportation

  • Getting to Taos: the High Road

    You will almost certainly need a car to get to Taos, unless you are on an organised tour. There are two possible routes from Santa Fe, the Low Road and the High Road. The former is quicker and apparently quite scenic in its own right, but with all day in which to make the journey we chose the High Road. This follows Highway 503, with a detour via...

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  • You take the high road and I'll take the...

    Getting to Taos is part of its attraction. Both the low road and high road which leads you there are beautiful though there may be a few more scenic villages to stop along the high road. It's only about 70 miles from Santa Fe either way but these are not super highways and deserve your time to fully explore. So, allow a few hours at the least and...

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  • Getting to Taos

    Taos is located about 70 miles to the north of Santa Fe or 120 miles to the north of Albuquerque. New Mexico Route 68 connects Taos with Santa Fe and Albuquerque. US Route 64 connects Taos with Farmington and I-25.

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Taos Shopping

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  • Shop at the Plaza

    There are many shops all around the plaza to look for gifts or souvenirs of Taos. It's a little pricey but you can find some cool stuff. Lots of indians stuff as well.You can also shop for art or food.

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  • Quick place for food and liquor on 522

    Midtown Market is outside of Taos in Arroyo Hondo, at the corner of NM522 and the Hondo-Seco road. They have a selection of liquor, beer, wines, convenience foods, and snacks. The lounge will be opening soon. Look for Tina's Burritas, a local prepared food item. Typical convenience store prices.

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  • hand made imports

    This shop was full of the trinkets that you want to take home with you, to remember your stay in Taos. I bought a straw hat and it came in handy. A hat costs around 25 dollars.

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Taos Local Customs

  • The Taos Pueblo - 1000 year of Indian's...

    The Taos Pueblo was a real cool place to visit. Especially for me coming from Switzerland, I had never seen a real Indian "village" before and how they live. We took a guided tour, which was great. I learned a lot. The tribe is called Red Willow, they still talk their own language (Kiowa-Tanoan) and have their own traditions, which the guide was a...

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  • drying chillies

    Drying chillies, using chillies in food, and using them in decoration-it's all part of New Mexico. The people love the little buggers and I would think they would make them their State flower if they could! I like spicy food but I learned that when locals say it isn't hot it's probably a bit hotter than you are used to. So, when in New Mexico you...

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  • Taos Traffic

    Driving in Taos: The main highway through town tends to get crowded because there is no official Taos bypass (there are back route bypasses used by the locals). This causes some locals to adopt kamakazy driving tactics when trying to get onto the highway. Some locals go out of thier way to let side traffic merge into the highway. Tourists are...

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Taos Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic is a Drudgery

    The main street-Hwy 68 or Paseo del Pueblo Sur is the only route into the town and beyond. it has tow lanes each way for part of the way, but still the vehicles back up tow or more blocks.

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  • Parking is Expensive

    WAtch where you find a place to ;park. along the streets are metered slots that cost about $1+ per hour. The other choice is to park in a private lot that is $5 and going up. The only know free lot I noted was in the Kit Carson Park on the north end of downtown, and only two blocks from the center

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  • Rio Grande - make sure you hold your...

    The Rio Grande gorge is beautiful. You stand on this bridge and look down at a gorge of water. I have to admit the fences are quite open, I was really worried for my daughter and did not let go of her hand for a second while walking to the middle of it and back

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Taos Off The Beaten Path

  • Vietnam Veterans memorial

    This is located just after Angel Fire community and just before Eagles nest. it is on Hwy 64 going east of Taos. The drive to get there is hard and long at 25 miles on winding road with many switchbacks. I was at the memorial on Armed Forces Day. so flags were displayed along the road 3-4 miles both ways. It is a nice memorial and many vets come to...

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  • Eagle Nest

    This small community of 500 people is about a hard drive of 25 miles through the Cimarron Canyon mountains on Hwy 64 going east. It winds at speeds of 20-30 MPH and a switch turn is about every 1/2 miles. Tedious. Eagle Nest has a lake for fishing and boating if the level was high enough. The town is about tow blocks long.

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  • Wild Rivers- El Aguaja Trail

    This is a one mile switchback down to the Red River bottom. It is a fairly easy hike, and takes maybe 30 minutes each way. Descent is 600 so going up can be exhausting. The views oto the river are great. The wilderness is on Hwy 378, 3 miles off of Hwy 522 that comes through Questa, which is 15 miles from Hwy 64 at the north end of Taos 7 miles.

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Taos Sports & Outdoors

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    by aussiedoug Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    Should start by saying that Taos Ski Valley is a SKIING ONLY ski resort., so sorry to any snowboarder out there because as a surfer I think snowboarding is very cool indeed.

    The area has a reputation for some pretty difficult skiing, but I'm here to assure that me, a mediocre intermediate level skiing absolutely loved it.

    We loved how pleasant it was to ski in the sunshine with the air temperature being a tad more mild than skiing the U.P. with our Wisconsin relatives! (the master of understatement strikes again! LOL!).

    To reinforce that it's for everyone. Of the 110 trails 24% are beginners, 25% intermediate & 51% are expert. With an average snowfall of around 300 inches & an average of more than 300 days per year of sunshine...,WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!

    Equipment: We brought all our own gear, including skis, but you could hire/rent anything you need, including clothes, there at a number of places in Taos Ski Valley.

    Taos ski Valley is currently scheduled to stay open till April 11, 2004. so you still have plenty of time to get out there you Americans, particularly you Texans, southern Colorado people & all New Mexicans!

    Yep, looks scary alright!
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  • Animals Thrive along the Rio Grand

    There are big horn sheep, elk and mule deer along the river and some smaller animals for the carnivores, plus a number of eagles soaring throughout the canyon. It is a treat to see them, and I was with one along the trail for a couple of hundred yards as I was hiking. The big horn sheep let me get within 20 feet, and I really was trying to avoid...

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  • Visitor Center

    Getting out of the traffic. The visitor center is at the corner of Hwy 68 and Hwy 585; Paseo del Pueblo Sur and Pueblo del CAnon. They have a lot of brochures to choose from. The layout is very nice and two people are there to help and guide. Also sell trinkets there.

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  • Browsing the galleries: Lenny Foster

    Probably our greatest day-time pleasure in the town of Taos itself was in simply strolling the streets, people-watching in the Plaza or coffee shop, and visiting some of the numerous shops and galleries. Of the latter, the one that impressed us the most was Lenny Foster’s Living Light Studio. Lenny is an incredible photographer, and we were lucky...

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Top 5 Skiiing Destinations: Taos

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Park City may have a film festival and Sun Valley may have celebrities, but no ski town in the Western US has the same opportunities for non-skiers as Taos, New Mexico. With four different ski areas, there are plenty of opportunities for skiers of any level, but non-skiers are not excluded. At Red River ski area, tubing starts at 4:15 pm, just after the slopes close, and Angel Fire ski area has the Polar Coaster – 1,000 feet of hills and a lift to take tubers back to the top. Angel Fire is also well-lit for night tubing. Taos is home to the Enchanted Forest in the Carson National Forest, which offers wide, groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For non-snow activities, Taos is a long-standing center for wellness treatments and bodywork practitioners. A popular spot for these practices is the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, where sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters flow from a subterranean volcanic aquifer. For those interested in the cultural history of the area, the Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historical Landmark. In fact, the multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years. Nearby, the town of Santa Fe provides more artistic and cultural opportunities, as does Ghost Ranch, the famous ranch and home of artist Georgia O'Keefe.

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