Taos

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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.

Kachina Lodge
Kachina Lodge
2.5 out of 5
413 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM
The price is £73 per night from 19 Sep to 19 Sep
Located near the slopes, this Taos hotel is in the city centre, within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Park and Taos Plaza, and close to winter sports, such as ...
3.6/5Good! (502 reviews)
"Old but has potential. Beds were good and rooms were good but definitely seen better days. Door lock mechanism would tend to get stuck and you had to put your shoulder to enter. Due to covid restrictions several areas were closed like coffee shop, pool, etc. Easy walk to good restaurants. Has potential ..."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Kachina Lodge
Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Sagebrush Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
1508 Paseo Del Pueblo, Taos, NM
The price is £93 per night from 14 Oct to 14 Oct
Situated in Taos, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kit Carson Park and Taos Plaza. Taos Country ...
3.9/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Traveling with my parents. Suite model allowed us to stay together but still have needed privacy. Two bathrooms in the suite! Murphy bed very comfortable. Restaurant was good with entertainment on patio. Service at restaurant was slow but think they were understaffed like every other business in ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021

Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Taos Valley Lodge
Taos Valley Lodge
2 out of 5
615 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM
The price is £80 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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! (748 reviews)
"The downstairs coffee shop was amazing! And beautiful lobby."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2021

Taos Valley Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rural appeal yet so close to town
Rural appeal yet so close to town
911 Upper Ranchitos Rd., Taos, NM
The price is £283 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Located in the heart of Taos, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Historic Ledoux Street, Harwood Museum of Art and Blumenschein Home and Museum. La ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
An Eclectic Environment
"We had a wonderful stay in this charming and eclectic house and property. Everything was furnished that you would need. It is very convenient to Taos. But the best part is walking around and seeing the charming way Melissa has created her spaces. We highly recommend a stay here!"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

Rural appeal yet so close to town
Charming Santa Fe Style 2br 1.5ba Vacation Condo off the Taos Plaza
Charming Santa Fe Style 2br 1.5ba Vacation Condo off the Taos Plaza
210 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM
Situated in Taos, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Home and Museum and Taos Plaza. D.H. Lawrence Ranch and Taos Center for the Arts are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Great Location
"Comfortable, clean, quiet, and just a short walk to the plaza. Had everything we needed to enjoy our stay."

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

Charming Santa Fe Style 2br 1.5ba Vacation Condo off the Taos Plaza
Burch Street Casitas Hotel Taos
Burch Street Casitas Hotel Taos
3 out of 5
310 Burch Street, Taos, NM
Located in the heart of Taos, this luxury holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Home and Museum, Taos Center for the Arts and Taos Plaza. Taos ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (98 reviews)
"Everything we needed for a few days in Taos - love the location! Soooo clean and friendlyowners available to answer all questions! Thank you!"

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2020

Burch Street Casitas Hotel Taos
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