Nicknamed “Soul of the Southwest”, Taos exemplifies the New Mexico lifestyle with a first-class ski resort, pueblo-based World Heritage Site and outdoor activities in the majestic Rocky Mountains. It’s also a thriving art colony infused with live music, fine art, Native American galleries and an innovative culinary scene.
Things to do in Taos
Museums in Taos reflect the infamy of prior residents, including the Kit Carson Home & Museum showcasing artefacts belonging to the renowned mountain man, soldier and trapper from the 1800s. Model and oil heiress Millicent Rogers lends her name to a museum devoted to Native American ceramics, including the exquisite black-on-black pottery creations by Maria Martinez.
The most magnificent attraction in the city is Taos Pueblo, an ancient World Heritage Site with a living community of Taos-speaking Native Americans who continue to live without plumbing or electricity and cook their meals in traditional mud ovens. You can take a guided tour and buy tribal leatherworks, including moccasins and handmade drums.
An established artist colony for decades, Taos harbours numerous galleries and art museums, including the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum. Visit the circa 1909 El Rincon Trading Post to find collectables and gift items or duck into the back to see Old West artefacts.
Take advantage of Taos’ close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande Gorge. You can ski or snowboard at Taos Ski Valley resort and go white-water rafting on the Rio Grande or llama trekking with wilderness guides.
Getting around Taos
Los Alamos County Airport is a one-hour drive away. The downtown area is pedestrian-friendly and the Taos Trolley offers tours and transportation to main attractions. You can also use city buses and taxis.