Lots of distance in between civilization..
It's best to make sure your auto is in tip top running condition before you decide on a road trip to this part of NM..the distance in between towns of any size is quite a lot and with the mountain passes you never know what might be just around the next bend..We encountered a snow storm the first week in October when we visited here so make sure you check weather conditions and keep your auto in good running condition if you are planning a road trip to this area. It's always best to prepare for the worst even if you don't expect it.
Traffic Congestion around Taos Plaza
The traffic was awfully congested for a medium size mountain town. There was about a 50 car backup from the main intersection going into the plaza at one point. Almost reminded me of New Jersey traffic.
Rio Grande - make sure you hold your kid's hand
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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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
PARENTS WARNING: DO NOT SKI AT...
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.
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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