Points of Interest in Taos, NM
Taos, NM is just 20 miles up the road from our headquarters (so it’s a short drive after your river trip), with great food, fun activities, and unique things to see.
If you’re in the mood for delicious local cuisine, you’re in luck if you find yourself in Taos! La Cueva is a small, Pueblo-style eatery with patio, located on Paseo Del Pueblo Sur close to the Taos Plaza, offering traditional Mexican dishes. The Guadalajara Grill is a local favorite with 2 locations in Taos, specializing in Mexican dishes and offering an extensive menu- including American, Latin, and Mexican cuisine, with steak, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. Lambert’s of Taos is a sophisticated, upscale setting for contemporary American food with a lounge and shaded patio, serving locally sourced dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as handcrafted cocktails and a wine list with over 100 options. Another local favorite is Old Martina’s Hall, a historic, adobe music hall, that serves a New Mexican menu and has an events calendar loaded with dance nights and music acts. No matter whether you’re looking for a posh dining experience, or an intimate, casual meal with friends, these 4/4.5 star-rated eateries will fill your belly and delight your palate; they are just a few examples of the diverse dining experience of Taos!
MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, & ART
Even though Taos seems like a sleepy little mountain town, it is rich in creativity; with an eclectic collection of concert halls, bars, historic buildings, and galleries. One of the most popular spots is the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, a micro-brewery/restaurant and music venue that hosts incredible local talent, smaller touring bands, and a bunch of fun events while featuring 12 distinct house beers on draught at all times. Taos’ world-famous solar radio station KTAO has a venue at the north end of town, aptly named the KTAO Solar Center, bringing in popular touring bands and big-name acts with an outdoor amphitheater setting as well as a Climate-controlled concert pavilion with live events & a dance floor, plus a bar & 2 radio stations. The Alley Cantina is a local hidden gem just off the Taos Plaza, with drinks, sports on TV, shuffleboard, pool & frequent live music. If you’re in search of fine art, local wares, handmade gifts, or a unique keepsake to remember your visit, Taos holds an abundance of fine art galleries, mercados, street vendors, and clothing shops. The Taos Plaza is a hub of shops and monuments within the Taos Downtown Historic District- a great place to explore!
CULTURE & POPULAR ATTRACTIONS
The Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the United States. It’s located just 1 mile North of the town of Taos, and is a UNESCO world Heritage site. The Pueblo is open to visitors every day until 4pm, and is a cornerstone of Northern New Mexico heritage and culture. Built in 1965, the High Gorge Bridge is 10 miles Northwest of Taos, and sits 565 feet above the beautiful Rio Grande as the 7th highest bridge in the United states, and 82nd highest in the world. It has made appearances in pop culture for decades, featured in many movies filmed in New Mexico. The Taos Earthships are a group of structures and homes on the Taos Mesa . The concept began in the 1970’s to build passive solar, off-grid homes with natural and upcycled materials. Tours are available, and lodging in some is offered as well.