One hour north of Santa Fe and just south of the Colorado border, you’ll find the very wonderful town of Taos. Situated in an extremely scenic part of the state, backing up to the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos is certainly one of a kind! Sure, Taos Ski Valley is world famous for its amazing terrain and short to non existent lift lines, there is so much more to this Northern New Mexican town. And, during the summer months, its often overlooked or only visited as a day trip for people staying in Santa Fe. Well, let me tell you that this place has so much more to offer all year around.
First and foremost, this is the place for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. There is no other destination in the great state of New Mexico that offers more opportunities to get outside and enjoy than the Taos area. If you are a hiker, 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.
Don’t forget about Taos’ museums and first on the list is 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.
The most visited site surrounding Taos is by far the Gorge Bridge which also holds the distinction as the seventh highest bridge in the country. 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.
No trip to Taos would be complete during the Spring and Summer months without a descent of the mighty Rio Grande. Whether its a full day Taos Box rafting trip or a half day Racecourse rafting trip, everyone must experience the thrilling rapids and amazing canyons and landscapes of one of the best known and certainly historic rivers in the country. Check it out!