Taos, New Mexico

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Taos, New Mexico

A Mountain Escape

A destination defined by its legendary history, Taos is framed by the alpine peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and home to the famed Taos Pueblo - one of New Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. A prominent blend of native, artistic and outdoor cultures collide in this eclectic enclave.




Taos Weather


Nestled in the Rio Grande Valley below the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, weather in Taos, New Mexico, reflects its altitude and its desert location. Summers are pleasantly cool, with an average daily temperatures ranging from 75 degrees (F) to 85 degrees (F). Winter temperatures range from nighttime lows of 10 degrees (F) to an average of about 48 degrees (F). The sun shines on average 280 days a year, and even in winter, the middle of the afternoon can be quite mild.

Taos Museums

  • E.L. Blumenscheine Home & Museum - The restored and maintained home of Ernest L. Blumenschein, who purchased this 1797 hacienda in 1919 and launched, effectively, the first art colony in Taos. Collections include Blumenschein’s own work as well as that of Taos Society artists
  • La Hacienda de los Martinez - La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez), this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire
  • The Harwood Museum of Art - The second oldest art museum in the state whose mission is to  collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the arts, especially those created in, inspired by, or relevant to northern New Mexico
  • Millicent Rogers Museum - Art patron Millicent Rogers settled in Taos in 1947. Her collection formed the core of one of America's most important collections of Southwestern arts and design
  • Taos Art Museum at Fechin House - Located in the historic home of Russian born artist Nicolai Fechin, the Taos Art Museum's permanent collection includes over 300 works of art by more than 50 Taos artists
  • Kit Carson Home & Museum - Purchased by famed cowboy Kit Carson for his bride in 1843, this 3-room adobe home displays artifacts, antique firearms and other pioneer belongings, Kit Carson memorabilia and an exhaustive supply of books about New Mexico
  • The Couse-Sharp Historic Site - In 2001, The Couse Foundation was formed to preserve the home and studio of Eanger Irving Couse, the prominent early 20th-century painter of American Indian subjects. Couse was one of the founders of the Taos Art Colony and first president of the Taos Society of Artists

Taos Shopping

  • Taos Pueblo – Visit shops selling pottery, jewelry, hand-woven rugs and other Native American crafts
  • Taos Plaza – The heart of Taos featuring several shops, galleries and restaurants
  • Bent Street - Just a few blocks from the plaza is home to some of the Southwest’s most distinctive contemporary galleries and boutiques
  • John Dunn House Shops – Feature unique, independently and locally owned shops, galleries and eateries
  • Ledoux Street Shopping District – Walk and enjoy murals, sculpture gardens and galleries
  • St. Francis Plaza – This shopping area includes galleries, crafts and restaurants

Annual Taos Events

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow - Experience this traditional dance competition and festival each June at the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Taos Lilac Festival - Celebrating the heritage of lilacs in Taos, including a pet parade & costume contest, live entertainment, foods & crafts vendors and many family-friendly activities
Rodeo de Taos - Celebrate the wild west and rodeo traditions of northern New Mexico each June at the Taos Rodeo Grounds
Toast of Taos Arts & Wine Festival - Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery, sample local wines and experience a round of golf at the Taos Country Club
Fiestas de Taos - Parades, food vendors, a royal court and family-friendly events celebrate the two patron saints of Taos –– Santa Ana and Santiago
Taos Music Festivals - Kit Carson Park and the Taos Mesa Brewing Amphitheater attracts top-notch folk, rock, and jazz musicians throughout the year
The Taos Wool Festival - At Kit Karson Park is a "must see" event for fiber lovers and craft lovers alikefeaturing yarns, and artistic creations, kid's hand-on activities, workshops and food vendors
SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) Story Telling Festival - An impressive lineup of tellers spinning their tales in concerts, children stories, workshops and more
Taos Fall Arts Festival - A celebration of  the visual arts and artists of Taos
The PASEO Outdoor Art Festival - Free Art Festival held annually in Taos featuring national and international installation artists
Taos Pueblo Christmas Eve Procession - The intertwining of Native traditions with the re-enactment of the procession of the Virgin Mary combine to make this a moving ceremony of bonfires and church bells, religious history and faith

Attractions and Activities

  • Taos Ski Valley - Ski, sled, board, hike and bike in the mountains north of Taos
  • Taos Pueblo – A UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark that has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years
  • Taos Plaza - Center of the Taos Historic District featuring live concerts, shops, galleries, and restaurants
  • Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - At 650 feet (200 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States
  • Enchanted Circle - Scenic roadway linking Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River and Questa
  • Wild Rivers Recreation Area - Located in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, this backcountry byway features an 800-foot deep canyon where the Rio Grande and Red River comes together
  • Black Rock & Stagecoach Hot Springs - Man-made hot springs
  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - At an average elevation of over 7,000 ft, these rugged, wide-open plains are dotted by volcanic cones, steep canyons and the upper reaches of the Rio Grande Gorge