Taos Things To Do & Activities - Art Galleries Taos Pueblo
Inhabited for 1000 Years
Never a dull moment
Taos travel ideas bring together the historic, the artistic and the unique cultural heritage of Northern New Mexico. Located in a valley below the stunning Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos is also a hotbed of outdoor activities.
Continuously inhabited for 1000 years, Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Tours allow an insider’s look at the unique architecture and living style of the Pueblo people. The Pueblo is still home to many residents, and artisans sell their wares from some of the Pueblo’s structures. Check ahead of time as the Pueblo is closed for certain religious and traditional ceremonial days; other ceremonial and feast days are open to the public.
The plaza dates back to 1598, when Basque explorer Don Juan de Onate established a mission and trading post here. Unfortunately many of the original building burned down, but the original intent of the plaza and its historic atmosphere remain. Today, the plaza and surrounding streets are home to an entertaining collection of galleries, shops and restaurants.
Taos is home to five fascinating museums that host collections both modern and historic. Several of the museums themselves are housed in historic buildings, such as the Spanish-style “Great House”—one of the few remaining today. Exhibitions include traditional and contemporary Hispanic religious and domestic arts, pottery, paintings, photography and graphics, and a wide range of arts and crafts from the many cultures of northern New Mexico.
Ski, sled, board, hike and bike in the mountains north of Taos. Taos Ski Valley has some of the best powder conditions and challenging terrain in North America. In the summer, the Ski Valley and surrounding area offers incomparable hiking and mountain biking trails.
You can be there and back again, yet still experience a world of wonder.