Looking for a low key place to stay in the foothills of Northern New Mexico’s highest peaks? Taos is a wonderful destination for the entire family with many lodging options as well as the jump off point to an immense amount of outdoor recreation and cultural history. Below is a list of things to do in Taos during your stay:
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge sits 565 feet above the mighty Rio Grande and offers amazing views upstream and downstream. Bring your binoculars and you may be lucky enough to spot a herd of the newly reintroduced big horn sheep roaming around the canyon walls. One of our most favorite whitewater runs flows right underneath the bridge, The Taos Box.
Taos Ski Valley
The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area’s pioneers, an amalgamation of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures. Summertime in Taos Ski Valley mixes the cool of the forest with the warmth of the New Mexican sun. Numerous hiking trails wind through the surrounding Ponderosa and Aspen forests, many following frigid mountain streams. Hike to the highest point in New Mexico, ride the ski lift or mountain bike on this challenging terrain.
If you are a hiker looking for things to do in Taos, The highest peak in New Mexico sits at 13,161ft in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. The views are plentiful from start to finish on this amazing climb. If you are not up for strenuous hike, just do the first section which will take you to Williams Lake where you can enjoy a nice picnic.
Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
Millicent Rogers Museum
Stop into this museum for a peek into the arts of the Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo arts that make up Taos. You will find dazzling pots, paintings and jewelry.
The Harwood Museum of Art
This is a great stop for everyone visiting Taos and located just steps from the Taos Plaza. The mission of the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the arts, especially those created in, inspired by, or relevant to northern New Mexico. The Harwood’s permanent collection includes over 4,000 works of art and a photographic archive of 17,000 images spanning a period from the 19th Century to the present. The collection is a unique record of both the community’s rich multicultural heritage and Taos’ role in the development of seminal American art.
5 Star Burgers
Voted the best burger in New Mexico by USA Today, you cannot lose here. It is a great place to take the entire family for an array of burgers, sandwiches, salads, a great kids menu as well as an array of local beers. The green chile cheeseburger is a must before you leave New Mexico.
Choose either location north or south of The Plaza for a warm hearty breakfast. This is a favorite of locals for their delicious red chile!
Twirl Toystore and Playplace
The Twirl Toystore and Playplace is one of the best things to do in Taos for a family vacation. Let your imagination run wild in this maze of wonder located on the back side of The Plaza. The outdoor play space will delight all children and the abundance of fairly priced toys will have you coming back more than once during your stay!
White Water Rafting
If you haven’t booked your Taos rafting trip yet, don’t miss out! Find the New Mexico whitewater rafting trip for you and your family, and join New Mexico River Adventures for a truly memorable experience.
Made in Taos
Made in Taos, at MadeInTaos.com is a resource dedicated to all things Made in Taos, For Taos, and about Taos. MadeInTaos.com reports on local arts, activities, and events. If you are coming into town check them out for a list of local happenings.