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14 minute drive from Taos Regional Airport to city center
A visit to Taos is like a visit to nowhere else on the planet. Nestled in a curve beneath the lofty Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos is the ancient heart of the Enchanted Circle. A unique blend of cultures, a rich artistic heritage, and outstanding natural beauty combine to bring the visitor an experience full of variety and adventure. No matter the time of year, Taos offers outdoor experiences from the mountain top to the expanse of the mesa, from the cornflower blue skies to the wild and scenic rivers.
Beyond its reputation as an artist colony of old and home to the ageless Taos Pueblo, Taos is probably best known for its skiing and snowboarding—and for good reason. Some of the most challenging, pristine terrain in the American west can be found here at the legendary Taos Ski Valley. The powder is dry, the weather is fine, and the lift lines are friendly. And although there’s plenty of steep-and-deep for the experts, beginner terrain and a world-class ski school make Taos a great winter destination for the whole family. You can even catch some early spring skiing if you’re just not ready for the season to be over yet.
In summer, the mountains, mesas, and dramatic Rio Grande Gorge provide ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking, and the area’s rivers and lakes call out to rafters, kayakers, and fly fishers. You can play a round of golf (or disc golf!), explore the terrain on horseback, or head out into the wilderness for a glamping excursion under the full moon. There’s really no limit to the opportunities for outdoor fun. Taos is home to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, comprising more than 240,000 acres of public lands for all to enjoy.
Fall may be the most glorious season in Taos, with ideal temperatures and quieter sidewalks. A trip into the mountains affords a view of spectacular autumn leaves with yellow quaking aspens and the occasional burst of orange and red. It’s a perfect time to hover over the Taos mesa in a hot air balloon or go on a trek through the woods with a troupe of friendly llamas (really!).
Regardless of the season, the essence of Taos can always be appreciated through our many excellent museums of art and culture, our bevy of art galleries ranging from the classic to the quirky, and the variety of shopping opportunities; whether you’re in the market for a sculpture or a Stetson, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for in Taos.
No trip to Taos is complete without visiting Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been continually inhabited by the Native people of Taos for over 1000 years. Also steeped in rich history is the San Francisco de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos, built in the early 1800s and made famous by legendary artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Modern attractions like the vertiginous Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the Greater World Earthship Community abound as well.
Whether you come to Taos for the arts and culture, the outdoor adventure, or just the chance to be somewhere different, we can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful and unique corner of the planet.
The most common way people get around in Taos is by personal vehicle, and rental car options exist at the Taos Regional Airport as well as downtown. Having a vehicle in Taos affords flexibility to visit out-of-the-way destinations that aren’t served by public transportation (see below). Metered parking is available downtown in and near Taos Plaza, and there is a free parking lot behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish just behind the Plaza.
At times our historic roads can be a bit narrow and busy, and parking can sometimes be difficult to come by. So here are a few options that let you sit back and let someone else take the wheel.
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) runs small buses (known as “The Blue Bus” or “The Chile Line”) throughout downtown Taos as well as to Taos Ski Valley and nearby Angel Fire, Red River, Española, and Santa Fe. Some routes are free and some have a (very reasonable) fare.
Private charter services exist as well, and a few rideshare options are available, though they are not always known to be reliable.
If you’re going a little farther afield and traveling between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, hop on the Rail Runner Express, a commuter train that services both metropolitan areas.
Lodging options in Taos run a very broad gamut. For those wanting to commune with the earth, teepees or earthships can be rented. For those with an antique bent, rustic cabins and historical B&Bs are available. If modern conveniences are a must, a number of hotels—ranging from basic to atmospheric—run the length and breadth of the Taos area. If you’re in the mood for a treat, luxury hotels and inns both in town and in Taos Ski Valley are ready to pamper you. Add to that ski chalets, homey inns, and quirky hostels, there’s a place for every head to rest in Taos.
Taos Air is a public/private partnership dedicated to providing air service to/from Taos and the Enchanted Circle region. Partners include: