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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.

Top hotels in Taos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 £77 per night

Situated in Taos, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Historic Ledoux Street and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Taos Plaza. Harwood Museum of Art and Blumenschein Home and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (251 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful hereon and the rooms are so clean and big"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hampton Inn Taos
Hampton Inn Taos
2.5 out of 5
1515 Paseo Del Pueblo S, Taos, NM
The price is £77 per night

Situated in Taos, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from San Francisco de Asis Mission Church and within 3 miles (5 km) of Carson National Forest and La Hacienda del ...

4.1/5Very Good! (549 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and helpful. Even with COVID they found a way to serve breakfast in a safe way. The room was very clean, roomy, and comfortable. Will definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Hampton Inn Taos
Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Sagebrush Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
1508 Paseo Del Pueblo, Taos, NM
The price is £76 per night

Situated in Taos, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from San Francisco de Asis Mission Church and within 3 miles (5 km) of Carson National Forest and La Hacienda del ...

4/5Very Good! (1,323 reviews)

"Window in the room, comfortable bed, air conditioner works well. But small room and tv"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Sagebrush Inn & Suites

Popular places to visit in Taos

Taos Ski Valley
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Taos Ski Valley

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and feel the powder kick up behind your skis as you speed down Kachina Peak at Taos Ski Resort in New Mexico. 

Red River Ski Area
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Red River Ski Area

Hit the slopes at Red River Ski Area, a top ski area in Taos. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Sipapu Ski Area
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Sipapu Ski Area

Hit the slopes at Sipapu Ski Area, a top ski area in Vadito. Wander the riverfront and parks while you're in the area.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

4/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Taos when you take a trip to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Visit the shops and cosy cafes in this walkable area.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

You can learn about the history of Angel Fire with a visit to Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Discover the mountain views in this relaxing area or seek out the ski slopes.

Wheeler Peak
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Wheeler Peak

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Wheeler Peak during your travels in Taos Ski Valley. Amble around this relaxing area's riverfront or seek out the ski slopes.

Top things to do in Taos

Magical Taos Adventure Discovery Scavenger Hunt
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Magical Taos Adventure Discovery Scavenger Hunt

£24
Per adult
Rio Grande Artist Nature Wandering Adventure
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Rio Grande Artist Nature Wandering Adventure

£27
Per adult

Reviews of Taos

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17 Sep 2019

Scruffy tourist trap

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Theresia

26 Jun 2019

Beautiful little town with lots to see. Must have a car; much of the really exciting stuff (Abiquiu; pueblo; earthships and more) is not in walking distance and this being the USA there’s no public transport.

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