Guidelet: Taos: The Jewel of the Land of Enchantment

A travel guide to Taos, NM, United States | Target Market: hikers, rafters, artist, diners, historians | A travel guide by: Victoria

Taos does small-town America like no other. With a rich mix of cultures, Spanish, American Indian, Southwest and Anglo, this little town is a melting pot of arts, personalities, ideas, businesses and food. Though the town itself is home to only about 12,000, and the surrounding counties make up about 40,000 people, the town is vibrant and full of activity and fun. It's a great location for hiking, biking, skiing, gallery gazing, bar hopping, relaxing and so much more. The locals call this charming little town "vacation land", because it seems that the people of this town have decided that their beautiful little oasis in the desert would be just that. With more local businesses and establishments than you can count and countless activities year-round, you're sure to be able to make the most out of this visit.
Taos: The Jewel of the Land of Enchantment", a travel guide to Taos, NM, United States

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to Taos, NM, United States


Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Why visit:

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge offers a beautiful scene overlooking the Rio Grande valley, the town of Taos and the surrounding mountains. Secluded from the rest of town, this site offers a quiet, peaceful retreat with a substantial, bike-friendly trail. You'll enjoy the smell of the sagebrush, the desert air and the extraordinary scenery.

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, a tour attraction in Ranchos de Taos United States

Wired Cyber Cafe

Why visit:

Like coffee? Wired is one of the most unique and charming coffee shops you'll ever come across. Extensive and well-maintained outdoors, a library of books, chess tournaments, WiFi, a computer lab and the best smoothies in town will ensure you have a top-notch breakfast experience.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 705 Felicidad Ln


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Wired Cyber Cafe, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Kit Carson Park

Why visit:

Kit Carson Park is the central park right smack in the middle of downtown Taos. It's a great place to take children, as it offers some of the best playgrounds in town. While the kids play, you can enjoy a trail that circles the park and goes through a historic graveyard, where Kit Carson himself, a famous military figure, is buried.

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at Las Milpas


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Kit Carson Park, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Cow

Why visit:

Are you ready for some world class ice cream? The locally made Taos Cow Ice Cream is available at Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco, and it has been voted one of the top ten ice creams in the world! If that isn't reason enough to pop into this cute little cafe, you can also enjoy a delicious gyro, a gourmet cup of coffee or homemade flakey pastries. You'll also be smack in the middle of the Arroyo Seco marketplace, full of art galleries, clothes and gift shops.

a day,lunch,dinner,very cheap,just show up option
at 485 State Hwy 150


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Taos Cow, a tour attraction in Arroyo Seco United States

Taos Ski Valley

Why visit:

This is a must-see in Taos, New Mexico, whether it's ski season or not. The Taos Ski Valley is rated a world class ski resort, with famous slopes every skier would compliment. Even if you've missed the snow, the Ski Valley offers a number of beautiful hiking trails and sights, including the highest point in New Mexico: Wheeler Peak.

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at 90 PO Box


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Taos Ski Valley, a tour attraction in Taos Ski Valley United States

Wheeler Peak Summit

Why visit:

If you have a full day and you're a serious hiker, you won't want to miss Wheeler Peak. It's the highest point in New Mexico, and it makes for an exhilarating hike. While it doesn't seem to arduous in mileage (it's about 5 in total), a large portion of it is going straight up a mountain, and will therefore take some time and wear you out. Give yourself an evening of rest after you conquer this peak!

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at New Mexico 87514


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Wheeler Peak Summit, a tour attraction in Arroyo Seco United States

Millicent Rogers Museum

Why visit:

For a little taste of history, stop by Millicent Rogers Museum. This site offers thousands of pieces of Native American history, including pottery, clothing, art, paintings and more. This museum will give you a true taste of the Southwest. Give yourself at least an hour to tour this eclectic site.

a day,lunch,very cheap,just show up option
at New Mexico 87514


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Millicent Rogers Museum, a tour attraction in El Prado United States

Taos Pueblo

Why visit:

One of the most striking things about Taos, New Mexico is the American Indian pueblo which has been there for at least 1000 years. Commonly called the oldest continuously settled community in North America, the American Indians of this pueblo never gave up their land but fought for and retained it. The Pueblo allows visitations and tours where they show you around the ancient and still inhabited buildings, tell you about their culture and give you a glimpse into authentic American Indian life.

a day,lunch,very cheap,check option
at New Mexico 87514


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Taos Pueblo, a tour attraction in  United States

Pueblo Balloon Company

Why visit:

If you happen to make it to Taos during the Balloon festival between October 24 to October 26, you'll wake up to a sky full of hot air balloons. You'll have to wake up early and pay a fee to ride, but to look down at Taos from the skies is an experience like no other. See the true dimensions of the Rio Grande Gorge and the Taos mountains.

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at New Mexico 87514


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Pueblo Balloon Company, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Plaza

Why visit:

The Plaza is the central location of Taos, and it's definitely one of the first places you'll want to check out. You'll see countless art museums, gift shops, and authentic Southwestern products, as well as a host of delicious restaurants. The plaza also offers a number of bars, such as Taos Inn, which frequently host local musical talent.

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at South Plaza


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Taos Plaza, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Governor Bent House and Museum

Why visit:

Another dose of history from Taos! Governor Bent House and Museum offers a look in on the time period of the first territorial governor of New Mexico. Governor Bent was killed by the local American Indians in Taos. The museum tells you the full story, as well as offering you artifacts from the 19th century.

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at South Plaza


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Governor Bent House and Museum, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Devisadero Peak Trail

Why visit:

One of the lovely things about Taos is the variety of trails, from desert to mountain. Devisadero offers the best of both worlds as it scales the small mountains which surround the town. You can look over the homes and businesses of Taos from the desert peaks above, and get a great view of the mountains.

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at US Hwy 64


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Devisadero Peak Trail, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Arroyo Seco New Mexico

Why visit:

Arroyo Seco has been called the "jewel" of Taos. About ten miles from the main part of town, and technically its own residency, Arroyo Seco is home to a crowded little marketplace full of shopping, local food and artistry. You can stop in Arroyo Seco on your way to Taos Ski Valley, as it's right on the way.

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at US Hwy 64


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Arroyo Seco New Mexico, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Martinez Hacienda

Why visit:

If you want to see an authentic early 19th century Northern New Mexico home, this is the place to go. One of the few remaining residencies of its time, this twenty-one room house will share the story of a time period and a famous Taos family.

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at US Hwy 64


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Martinez Hacienda, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Harwood Museum of Art

Why visit:

Part of the University of Northern New Mexico, the Harwood Museum of Art aims to collect, preserve and display the art culture native to Northern New Mexico. You'll enjoy traditional Spanish art, modern and contemporary art from the Land of Enchantment. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the artistic tradition of the region.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 238 Ledoux St


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Harwood Museum of Art, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Cottams Rio Grande Rafting

Why visit:

Near the Taos area, Cottams Rio Grande Rafting is the best resource for river adventures in the area. You can rent all the equipment you need and buy your passes to ride the river. You'll have the option of traveling to the calmer parts of the river for a relaxing drift, or stay focused and take on the rapids.

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at 4 State Road 570


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Cottams Rio Grande Rafting, a tour attraction in Pilar United States

Trading Post

Why visit:

The simple "Italian Restaurant" which heads this building is infinitely misleading. There are too many reasons to list to make this a must-stop-resterant while you're visiting Taos. "Chef", the endearing, award winning chef and artist who runs the business along with his wife Kimberly, has put together an eclectic menu along with a host of exciting specials. With an open bar, great wine selection, top-notch servers, five star food and gallery of the chef's paintings, you'll have plenty to enjoy when you stop in this surprising little restaurant.

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at 4 State Road 570


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Trading Post, a tour attraction in Ranchos de Taos United States

Lambert's

Why visit:

Widely renowned as the nicest restaurant in town, Lambert's is the place to go if you want to really treat yourself to an evening of fine dining. You can enjoy the bar downstairs or the lounge upstairs, a menu full of gourmet, unique foods and a drink selection like no other. It's pricey, but well worth the stop if you're a dining junkie.

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at 123 Bent St


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Lambert

Love Apple

Why visit:

You won't find a restaurant quite like this anywhere but New Mexico. This 19th century chapel was converted into a small, fine dining establishment complete with locally sourced, organic food. A rustic atmosphere and quality regional flavors distinguishes this restaurant as one of the best in town. Make reservations.

a dinner,varies,must schedule option
at 803 Paseo del Pueblo Norte


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Love Apple, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Adobe Bar

Why visit:

It's one of the best bars in the heart of Taos, and it's always teeming with locals and their talented musicians. The food prices are fair, the beer is good, and the atmosphere is better. Better yet, if you're staying at the Taos, it's directly attached to this popular bar, so you won't have to walk far if you've had one too many.

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at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte


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Adobe Bar, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Caffe Tazza

Why visit:

This might be the most "Taos" place you come across during your stay in this unique little town. Cafe Tazza doesn't try to impress anyone, but that's exactly what's most impressive about it. The staff and regulars embody the local vibe and community like no other. You'll enjoy the art display, unique painting, and take-one-leave-one bookshelf, as well as the delicious food. Spend your morning with coffee at the Caffe Tazza, either inside or outdoors.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 122 Kit Carson Rd


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Caffe Tazza, a tour attraction in Taos United States

KTAOS Solar Center

Why visit:

For the best live-music experience in town, stop by the KTAOS Solar Center. This venue is shared with the local radio station, KTAO 101.9FM. It's the best place to catch the biggest artists in town, good beer and good people. It's a little out of the way, so be sure to bring a designated driver!

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at PO Box 1844


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KTAOS Solar Center, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Anaconda Bar

Why visit:

For a higher class bar experience, try the Anaconda Bar. Though it's a bit pricey, you'll enjoy superior food and service, as well as occasional live entertainment. This is the place you may catch some of the high-profile celebrities who like to stick around the Taos area.

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at 317 Kit Carson Rd


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Anaconda Bar, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Drum Factory Outlet

Why visit:

Taos Drum boasts having the largest selection of American Indian drums in the world, handmade by local Indians from the Taos Pueblo. The drums are 100% authentic, even made with real animal hides. A great stop to getting a lasting and entertaining souvenir from your trip.

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at 317 Kit Carson Rd


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Taos Drum Factory Outlet, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Earthship Visitor Center

Why visit:

There's a lot of history in Taos, but the Earthship Visitor Center offers a glimpse of the future as well. The Earthship community is full of houses made out of common trash, such as tires and glass bottles. Don't be fooled though! These homes are absolutely beautiful on the inside and out. The community is largely self-sustained, getting energy from solar panels and food from greenhouses.

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at 2 Earthship Way


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Earthship Visitor Center, a tour attraction in Tres Piedras United States

Taos Mesa Brewing

Why visit:

For some great local beer, good entertainment and first-class sunset views, visit the Taos Mesa Brewing. With indoor/outdoor seating, this microbrewery and restaurant gives you a real taste of the local community The culture of the mesa, the lawless community of hippies and societal outliers, frequents this bar in the middle of the desert, so you're sure to find some...interesting conversation to say the least.

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at 20 ABC Mesa Rd


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Taos Mesa Brewing, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Bull Of The Woods Trailhead

Why visit:

Wander through the mountains and wilderness of New Mexico on the Bull of the Woods trail. Located at Taos Ski Valley, this trailhead offers diverse scenery, an easy trek and breathtaking views. You might want to avoid this one in the middle of the winter, but if the snow is sparce, you're good to go on this must-visit trail.

a day,free,just show up option
at 20 ABC Mesa Rd


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Bull Of The Woods Trailhead, a tour attraction in Taos Ski Valley United States

Angel Fire Resort

Why visit:

Angel Fire is a gorgeous little town right outside of Taos and located in the mountains. Secluded, green and mountainous, you'll find Angel Fire to be a town not quite like any other. It'll be hard to believe desert-y Taos is right below you. The resort offers golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, tennis, golf and more.

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at 10 Miller Lane


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Angel Fire Resort, a tour attraction in Angel Fire United States

Taos Clay

Why visit:

Taos Clay is a lovely little art studio which offers a free high-art pottery display with reasonably priced pieces, and also offers various pottery classes. Some last for several weeks, while others day day classes ideal for a short stay. Pottery is a wonderful, meditative art which fits right in with the overall culture of Taos.

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at 10 Miller Lane


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Taos Clay, a tour attraction in El Prado United States

Taos Mountain Casino

Why visit:

One of the best things about vacationing near Indian territory is the legality of casinos! Unlike most casinos, Taos Mountain Casino serves no alcohol and doesn't allow smoking. However, it is a wonderful place to eat and have a little fun for the evening, and maybe even make a little money while you're at it.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 10 Miller Lane


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Taos Mountain Casino, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Cid's Food Market

Why visit:

Staying for an extended amount of time? Consider doing your grocery shopping at the local health food store: Cids. Cids offers locally grown food and healthier options for the local residents. You'll also find that Cids is a central location for people to share their goods and services on the bulletin board, as well as support local fundraisers.

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at 623 Cam Del Paseo Pueblo Norte


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Cid

Taos Saturday Farmers Market

Why visit:

If you're in Taos on a Saturday don't miss the Farmers Market! Not only will you be able to get your hands on the food of local farmers, as well as eat at several of the yummy food stands, but you'll also enjoy local music. Most Saturdays, local talent is invited to play traditional Spanish music, traditional Indian music, or even contemporary or classical tunes. It's a local event you won't want to pass up.

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at 623 Cam Del Paseo Pueblo Norte


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Taos Saturday Farmers Market, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Black Mesa Winery Tasting Room

Why visit:

The Black Mesa winery is the best spot to pick up locally made wines and tastes. You can enjoy your wine in the house with tastings, glasses or bottles, as well as an assortment of appetizers. Have wine with cheese or hummus on the shady patio, and you can even bring your pet!

a just show up option
at 623 Cam Del Paseo Pueblo Norte


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Black Mesa Winery Tasting Room, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Weaving Southwest

Why visit:

Weaving Southwest offers tons of classes and workshops in which you can learn to turn yarn into a beautiful tapestry. There's truly no better way to enjoy the Taos experience than getting involved with the local art scene. The establishment is owned by third-generation Teresa Loveless who belongs to this establishment through and through. Many workshops are seven days long, so this is great for extended-stay visitors.

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at 216-B Paseo del Puerto Norte


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Weaving Southwest, a tour attraction in Taos United States

San Francisco De Asis

Why visit:

San Francisco is a 300 year old church, still used and in perfect condition. It has been called the "most painted church in America", and shows off the durability and mastery of adobe-styled housing. Every year, ceremoniously, the church members come to lay down a layer of mud to keep this old building strong and fresh. It's a must-see for the historic significance, great photography and easy access.

a day,night,free,just show up option
at 216-B Paseo del Puerto Norte


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San Francisco De Asis, a tour attraction in  United States

The Coffee Spot

Why visit:

Located in El Prado, the Coffee Spot is a primary stop for coffee and breakfast lovers everywhere. With some of the best breakfast bagel sandwiches in existence (trust me, I've tried them), and a shady, endearing spot to enjoy it, it's a great local stop for breakfast. You can also stop in the gift shop for a T-shirt or souvenir.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 900 Paseo Del Pueblo


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The Coffee Spot, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Out Back Pizza

Why visit:

Everyone loves pizza, right? You're really going to love Taos Out Back Pizza. Complete with the local Taos vibe, a colorful group of employees, and paper and a bucket of crayons on every table, it's a pizza experience like no other. If you decide to buy by the slice, be warned, their pizzas are delicious...and HUGE.

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at 712 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur


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Taos Out Back Pizza, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Why visit:

Ojo Caliente is one of the oldest natural health spots in the nation. These bubbling springs come at a price, but it's well worth it for a full day of relaxation, massages and enjoying the heat of this volcanic aquifer. Along with the springs, you'll also be able to enjoy public and private pools, yoga and meditation activities.

a day,fixed price,just show up option
at 50 Los Banos Rd


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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, a tour attraction in Ojo Caliente United States

Taos Institute for Glass Arts - tiga

Why visit:

You might not be too familiar with glass arts, but this institution is. Their mission is to spread awareness and appreciation for this contemporary art form, and they do an excellent job of it. If you just want to enjoy the art, try going on a New Mexico Art Glass Trail which will lead you along your way to enjoying the best glass arts the town and state have to offer.

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at 50 Los Banos Rd


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Taos Institute for Glass Arts - tiga, a tour attraction in Española United States

Purple Sage Cafe

Why visit:

Yet another charming cafe with delicious local food. If you stop into the Purple Sage Cafe for breakfast, try the smothered breakfast burrito. It's huge and absolutely doused in red or green chile, or both! The Purple Sage is a clean-cup little restaurant and a little less showy than some of its local counterparts. It makes up for it with some of the best breakfast foods in town.

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at 1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur


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Purple Sage Cafe, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Koko

Why visit:

Need a quick bite to eat? KOKO Cafe is your perfect choice. This little restaurant does an incredible job of bringing together all of the local tastes into one little restaurant. All of their products are highly healthy, locally purchased or made in the house. You can grab anything from a sushi or salad to go to a warm quiche or southwest breakfast burrito (to die for). Or, if you want to stick around, you can also eat in the small cafe and talk with the very friendly owner and employees.

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at 1381 Paseo del Pueblo Sur


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Koko, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Sushi A La Hattori

Why visit:

Sushi is my absolute favorite food and I eat it everywhere I go. Take my word for it, this is the BEST sushi place I have ever been to. Not only will you enjoy top notch, beautifully prepared sushi, but you can also enjoy it outside in front of a gorgeous view of the mountains or overlooking the cute zen-style garden the restaurant offers. Sushi with a view, now that's what I'm talking about.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1313-1385 Pso Del Pueblo Norte


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Sushi A La Hattori, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Diner

Why visit:

Taos Diner is simply a staple for the locals of Taos. It's likely the most frequented breakfast spot in town, and if you want the real Taoseńo (that's what they call the locals) experience, you're going to want to stop in. The snarky menu leaves a message to the customers from the servers..."Caution: Avoid Injury, Don't Tell Me How to Do My Job", and yet the staff is friendly and efficient. A charming local favorite with an excellent breakfast and lunch menu.

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at 908 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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Taos Diner, a tour attraction in Taos United States

John Dunn House Shops

Why visit:

The John Dunn House Shops offer some of the best local attire shopping in town. These are the more expensive spots, but they're also where you can find some of the most quality, authentic crafts in town. Unique fabrics, local eateries, a beautiful pedestrian walkway, galleries and clothing shops will lead you into a wonderful shopping experience.

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at 908 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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John Dunn House Shops, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Plaza Live

Why visit:

Taos Plaza Live is an event held every Thursday evening from June to August featuring local music, festivities, arts and fun. Party with the locals during this endearing tradition, and get a feel for a real culture of fun and enjoyment.

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at 908 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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Taos Plaza Live, a tour attraction in Taos United States

clarke and co

Why visit:

Shopping on vacation isn't for women only! Clark & Co is a men's locally owned casual clothing store which offer contemporary styles. In a world where most of the clothing options are brandname and corporate, this clothing store offers a boutique style that is increasingly hard to find.

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at 908 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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clarke and co, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Eske's Brewpub

Why visit:

Eske's Brewpub is another local bar in Taos which handcrafts its own beer. A cozy spot located in the heart of Taos, the Plaza, Eske's Brewpub is a great place to bring family and friends, or even to come alone.

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at 106 Des Georges Ln


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Eske

Taos Center for the Arts

Why visit:

Taos Center of the Arts is a great place to catch the best art shows in town. From plays to film festivals, the TCA brings together the best of Taos art and puts it on display right in the middle of town.

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at 121 Civic Plaza Dr


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Taos Center for the Arts, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Moby Dickens

Why visit:

Are you a bookworm? Don't miss Moby Dickens Bookshop, which offers two stories of books largely geared towards the interests of the town. You can spend some time away from town, taking haven on the second floor and reading. Or, take home any book you'd like for a reasonable price. Oh, you can also pet kitties.

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at 124 A Bent St. #6 Dunn House


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Moby Dickens, a tour attraction in Taos United States

The Alley Cantina

Why visit:

The Alley Cantina, located in one of the oldest buildings of the plaza, is definitely a local favorite. Live music, events, and a ton of local character, it's definitely one of the hottest spots of Taos nightlife.

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at 121 Teresina Ln


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The Alley Cantina, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Dragonfly Café and Bakery

Why visit:

Dragonfly is a bit of an outlier even to Taos. This European-style cafe offers a host of unique cuisines, like bison burgers and beet and goat cheese salads, along with beautiful, colorful interior design and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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at 402 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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Dragonfly Café and Bakery, a tour attraction in Taos United States

el gamal

Why visit:

Taos has almost every kind of cuisine there is! At El Gamal, you'll get top notch middle eastern dishes that are all guaranteed vegetarian. There is even an authentic middle-eastern style lounge to enjoy either after you eat or while you're waiting for your food.

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at 402 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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el gamal, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Navajo Gallery

Why visit:

This is the gallery of one of the most famous artists in Taos, R. C. Gormon. Gormon is a Navajo Indian from Arizona, but he has made Taos his home for the last couple of decades. He's famous, among other things, for surrealist depictions of Navajo women. A must-see for art lovers everywhere.

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at 210 Ledoux St


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Navajo Gallery, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Spa & Tennis Club

Why visit:

If you need a place to stay fit during your visit to Taos, the Taos Spa & Tennis Club is your best bet. You can enjoy full spa treatment, indoor/outdoor pools, children facilities, and physical therapy (by appointment).

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at 210 Ledoux St


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Taos Spa & Tennis Club, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Stephen Kilborn

Why visit:

The Stephen Kilborn Gallery features the work of Mr. Kilborn, a potter and painter. He offers a unique, abstract style which often features the local scenery and beauty of Taos.

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at 210 Ledoux St


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Stephen Kilborn, a tour attraction in Taos United States

New Mexico River Adventures

Why visit:

New Mexico River Adventures is another great option when you want to get some river action. You can rent equipment to go kayaking or rafting, all at a fair price. There's nothing quite like rafting in the Rio Grande River Gorge.

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at 2217 Hwy 68


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New Mexico River Adventures, a tour attraction in Embudo United States

Angelfire Ski Valley

Why visit:

Another great ski valley in the Taos area, Angelfire Ski Valley makes the most out of the gorgeous scenery of Northern New Mexico. A bit more secluded than even the Taos Ski Valley, this is perfect for skiers who love to have the slopes to themselves.

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at 2217 Hwy 68


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Angelfire Ski Valley, a tour attraction in Angel Fire United States

Blumenschein Home & Museum

Why visit:

This adobe residence was built all the way back in the late 1700s. Visiting the Blumenschein Home and Museum gives you a taste of the 1920s Taos art scene where Earnest Blumenschein, founder of the Taos Society for the Arts, once lived.

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at 2217 Hwy 68


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Blumenschein Home & Museum, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Fechin House

Why visit:

The Fechin House allows you to enter the world of the famous Russian-born artist Nicolai Fechin. It features art not only from him, but also from artists from all over Taos. A dose of history and artistic culture, it doesn't get much better than that.

a day,very cheap option
at 2217 Hwy 68


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Fechin House, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Henningson Fine Arts

Why visit:

If fine art is your style, Henningson Fine Arts is a must-stop for you. This museum and galley features photography, glass art, sculpture and a host of other pieces from local artists.

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at 235 Morada Ln


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Henningson Fine Arts, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Enchanted Circle

Why visit:

The Enchanted Circle is a self-drive tour of some of the most beautiful towns in Northern New Mexico. Make your way from Taos driving north on NM 522 to Questa, then go east to go through Red River, Eagles Nest and Angel Fire. Finally, get on US 54 West to find yourself back in Taos. The unique mountains of Northern New Mexico are absolutely breathtaking scenery and a must-see from all angles.

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at 235 Morada Ln


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Enchanted Circle, a tour attraction in  United States

Guadalajara Grill

Why visit:

Don't leave Taos without trying this charming restaurant. Order from a huge menu up front and have your food taken to you. You can score anything from shark tacos to fried ice cream at this excellent New Mexican food stop.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Paseo Del Pueblo Norte


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Guadalajara Grill, a tour attraction in Taos United States

5 Star Burgers

Why visit:

The name of this restaurant doesn't lie. With, by far, the best burgers in Taos, if you want to try a wonderful mix of American and New Mexican cuisine, this is the spot. Do not miss the green chile burger.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1033 Paseo del Pueblo Sur


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5 Star Burgers, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Twirl Toy Store

Why visit:

A must-stop when you're taking the kids with you. Twirl Toy Store offers a variety of toys, but also an exciting colorful playground right in the back of Taos Plaza. Your children will thank you later.

a very cheap,just show up option
at 191-305 Cam De La Placita


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Twirl Toy Store, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Dreamcatcher B&B New Mexico

Why visit:

One of the best options for a stay in New Mexico is a Bed & Breakfast option. The Dreamcatcher B&B offers a Southwestern-styled residence with authentic New Mexican food and gorgeous interior design. You'll have plenty of room outdoors to relax, or a fireplace inside if you're staying for the winter.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,fixed price option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Dreamcatcher B&B New Mexico, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Dead Cholla Trail

Why visit:

The Dead Cholla Trail takes a short hike in and out of the Gorge Valley. You'll find rock climbing opportunities and a whole lot of tranquil peace and quiet. The hike is short, but the destination is superb.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Dead Cholla Trail, a tour attraction in  United States

Yerba Canyon Trail

Why visit:

A great hiking and horseback riding destination, this trail starts in the Taos Ski Valley and is full of Aspens and gorgeous mountain views. You'll go up an entire 3700 feet in elevation, so be sure and bring plenty of water. Not recommended during Winter.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Yerba Canyon Trail, a tour attraction in  United States

Oeste Vista Trail

Why visit:

A lovely loop trail with an excellent view of the highest peak in New Mexico: Wheeler Peak. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the two tables along the way, enjoy the forestry, and afterwards (or before) head down to Angel Fire to check out the local scene.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Oeste Vista Trail, a tour attraction in Angel Fire United States

Wild Rivers Recreation Area

Why visit:

This is a great central spot for plenty of hiking, nature-watching and trailing activities. It's rarely crowded and often feels as if you and you guests have the park, and the rustic New Mexico landscape, all to yourself.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Wild Rivers Recreation Area, a tour attraction in  United States

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Why visit:

After a delicious dinner or lunch in the plaza, stop by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for dessert done right. You can get a gourmet cup of coffee and choose from the huge assortment of fudges and chocolate smothered goodies. It's the best candy shop in town.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Williams Lake

Why visit:

Two miles from a trailhead near the top of the ski valley, Williams Lake is the midpoint between the beginning and end of the Wheeler Peak trail. The lake is nestled at the bottom of a cove of mountains often covered in snow, making for a beautiful natural mix of greens, browns, blues and whites in this can't midd spot. Explore a little and you might just find the waterfall hidden in the trees.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Williams Lake, a tour attraction in Taos Ski Valley United States

Ledoux Street

Why visit:

This historic street is complete with several great art galleries, including the well-known RC Gorman. This area gives you a great taste of Taos at the turn of the century, a culture full of painters, gardens and walled courtyards.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Ledoux Street, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Las Comadres

Why visit:

Las Camadres is run by a group of friends who showcase their handmade arts and crafts items. There is a very friendly and open vibe about the place, as any wanderer is likely to run into one of the artists themselves. The gallery offers art for sale for anyone's budget.

a day,free,just show up option
at 416 LA Lomita Rd


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Las Comadres, a tour attraction in  United States

E.I. Couse Historic Home and Studio

Why visit:

E.I. Couse was a prominent art figure in Taos art history, and this intimate tour will give you a glimpse right into his life. If you're lucky, you'll even have Couse's granddaughter herself as the tour guide. The home is left just as he had it, perfectly preserved, making it an excellent historic site to put on the map.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 146 Kit Carson Rd


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E.I. Couse Historic Home and Studio, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Taos Rockers

Why visit:

Northern New Mexico is known to be one of the most important fossil-hunting areas in the world. At Taos Rockers, you'll be able to get a taste of this with an eclectic rock and fossil collection. With affordable prices, you'll be able to take home one of the beautiful specimens this spot has to offer.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 146 Kit Carson Rd


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Taos Rockers, a tour attraction in Taos United States

Historic Bath House

Why visit:

Built in 1868, the historic bath house of Ojo Caliente has been totally restored and made available for the public to enjoy. See how people chose to use the natural hot springs over a century ago while you take your own modern-day trip to the spa.

a day,free,just show up option
at 50 Los Baños Drive


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Historic Bath House, a tour attraction in Ojo Caliente United States

Ghost Ranch

Why visit:

Northern New Mexico is one of the best places to find fossils in the world, and Ghost Ranch is one of the best in New Mexico. Come to Ghost Ranch to do your own fossil hunting, digging deep into the history of Earth when New Mexico was once covered in ocean.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1708 U.S. 84


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Ghost Ranch, a tour attraction in Abiquiu United States

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