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 CA $93 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located near the slopes, this Taos hotel is in the city center, within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Park and Taos Plaza, and close to winter sports such as ...
3.6/5 Good! (551 reviews)
"This is a charming older property. My room had been recently remodeled with wood flooring, new fixtures, and paint. The staff was helpful, patient, and professional while dealing with an extended power outage due to an early winter storm. Pet friendly with a large, attractive outdoor courtyard."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Kachina Lodge
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 CA $124 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in Taos, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Taos Plaza, Navajo Gallery, and D.H. Lawrence Ranch. Taos Plaza Theater and Arts Center and Taos Center ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (474 reviews)
"Room was clean, bed comfortable, interior appeared recently updated. Customer service of the staff at the desk, restaurant, and bar was excellent. The hotel is a collection of buildings with rooms that have external doors like a motel rather than interior doors. The door to our room was not fully ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2021

Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Taos Valley Lodge
Taos Valley Lodge
2 out of 5
615 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $114 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 ...
3.7/5 Good! (780 reviews)
"Very nice"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Taos Valley Lodge
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Hacienda Encantada Near Town w/ Mountain Views and Private Setting Hot Tub
Hacienda Encantada Near Town w/ Mountain Views and Private Setting Hot Tub
Taos, NM
Situated in Taos, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Historic Ledoux Street, Harwood Museum of Art, and Blumenschein Home and Museum. Taos Art Museum ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great weekend in Taos
"This house was perfect for our two family visit to Taos. Close to town but felt like country, beautiful outside space and fully equipped house made our stay one we will want to repeat. We have stayed at many VRBO Properties and this is one of the best. The decor is beautiful and comfortable for 4 ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 16, 2021

Hacienda Encantada Near Town w/ Mountain Views and Private Setting Hot Tub
Taos Studio w/Shared Hot Tub in Historic District!
Taos Studio w/Shared Hot Tub in Historic District!
Taos, NM
Situated in Taos, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Taos Art Museum, Kit Carson Park, and Taos Center for the Arts. Bent Gallery and Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
Taos Wool Weekend
"Once we figured out how to turn on the heat (thermostat in the bathroom) we got warm and cozy for a wonderful Taos Wool Festival weekend. Close to everything and walking distance to Plaza for Saturdays am Farmers Market in the season. Bed was comfortable."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Taos Studio w/Shared Hot Tub in Historic District!
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 vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kit Carson Home and Museum, Taos Center for the Arts, and Taos Plaza. Taos ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (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 Apr. 21, 2020

Burch Street Casitas Hotel Taos
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.

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