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.