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Taos, NM

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Taos

Explore Taos to experience a slice of American Indian culture, artistic celebrations, national parks and a huge collection of heritage sites.

Come to Taos to explore some of New Mexico’s most significant American Indian and Hispanic cultural centers. Historic and artistic landmarks abound in this laidback town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico.

The name Taos means “place of red willows,” and this small town hosts a number of protected Native American sites. Visit the Native American village Pueblo de Taos, a couple of miles from the town to learn about the Taos tribe’s culture and way of life.

Head to the Governor Charles Bent House where you’ll learn about the American-Mexican war of 1847 and some of New Mexico’s more recent history. Expand your knowledge at the Kit Carson House and the Martinez Hacienda, which both host museums about the region’s past and the relationship between Hispanics, Native Americans and Anglo-Saxons.

Artists began settling in Taos in the late 19th century and the town gained a reputation as an art colony. Some of the studios of artists that once lived here have been preserved. See where artists such as Mabel Dodge Luhan and Leon Gaspard once worked. Experience the Harwood Museum of Art, the Millicent Rogers Museum or the Taos Art Museum. See the convergence of western contemporary styles and native pueblo works.

Explore some of the region’s natural beauty with a visit to the Rio Grande gorge. Hike around this stunning rocky valley 20 minutes drive from the center of town. Book a white water rafting tour for an adrenaline charged adventure down the river.

See the highest point in New Mexico at the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. Take a challenging day hike to the 13,161-foot (4,011-meter) peak or ride the chair lift. Bring your camera to capture stunning views across the mountains.

Taos is located 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Santa Fe. A public shuttle bus service provides transport between the airport and the center of town on weekends. Rent a car to tour the enchanted circle drive that meanders through the Carson National Forest and up into the breathtaking mountains that surround Taos.

Where to stay in Taos

Kachina Lodge
Kachina Lodge
2.5 out of 5
413 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM
The price is $85 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located near the slopes, this Taos hotel is in the city center, within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Park and Taos Plaza, and close to winter sports such as ...
3.5/5Good! (458 reviews)
"Taos Architecture, Art Gallery, Nature in the back hard, and Mountain View. Also Historical."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Kachina Lodge
Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
1005 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM
The price is $132 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Situated in Taos, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Taos Plaza Theater and Arts Center and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Taos Plaza. Historic Ledoux Street and Harwood ...
4.3/5Excellent! (430 reviews)
"The hotel was clean, staff friendly and helpful and economically priced."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Taos Valley Lodge
Taos Valley Lodge
2 out of 5
615 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM
The price is $89 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located near the slopes, this Taos motel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Navajo Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts, and Taos Plaza. Kit Carson Park ...
3.7/5Good! (712 reviews)
"Incredibly nice staff and large rooms"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Taos Valley Lodge
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Spacious 1100+ sq Foot two Bedroom Just 2 Blocks From Base!
Spacious 1100+ sq Foot two Bedroom Just 2 Blocks From Base!
Angel Fire, NM
The price is $100 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in the mountains, this condo building is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Carson National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Eagle ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Perfect for a getaway
"The building is dated, but the apartment is cutely decorated. It’s actually much larger than it appears in pictures! Only drawback was the three flights of stairs, but for the price we managed just fine!"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Spacious 1100+ sq Foot two Bedroom Just 2 Blocks From Base!
Snakedance Condominiums
Snakedance Condominiums
3 out of 5
110 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM
The price is $165 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Set amidst the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out aparthotel in Taos Ski Valley is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carson National Forest, Taos Ski Valley, and Wheeler Peak ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)
"Beautiful Spot and good reception"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2021

Snakedance Condominiums
Alpine Village Suites
Alpine Village Suites
3.5 out of 5
100 Thunderbird Rd, Taos Ski Valley, NM
The price is $115 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in the heart of Taos Ski Valley, this spa aparthotel is steps from Carson National Forest and Taos Ski Valley. Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area is 0.1 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (288 reviews)
"First time to Taos and glad we stayed in the ski valley at Alpine Suites. Great place to visit in the summer (July), especially when you are escaping 100 degree temperatures! Loved the cool, crisp air, mountain views, wildlife, and tranquil setting - plenty to do, hiking, biking, fishing...bring ..."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Alpine Village Suites
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