Summer Activities

Summer is a great to visit the Taos area lots of outdoor activities and sites to see for the whole family. Here is a sampling of things to do and places to visit with direct links to additional information or businesses. If you have any questions about these or other area attractions, feel free to call us for answers or more information.

White water rafting on the Rio Grande

White Water Rafting- When the snow starts to melt, water streams in from Colorado and the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountain to keep the waters of the mighty Rio Grande flowing. Taos area rivers provide whitewater opportunities for everyone from the first time rafter who just want to get their feet wet to adrenaline junkies who want more challenging river experiences; trips range from a few hours to a few days.

Far Flung Adventures
Cottam’s Rio Grande River Trips
Los Rios River Runners

 

Horseback Riding in TaosHorseback Riding- Come ride gentle horses with friendly, knowledgeable guides in the Land of Enchantment. Appropriate for the whole family, there are horseback trips starting the Taos Ski Valley ranging from one hour on beautiful mountain trails to all day trips above timberline. You can even go on a llama trek in the Sangre de Cristos or into the Rio Grade Gorge areas.

Fly Fishing in Northern New MexicoFishing- Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado are hosts to a wealth of healthy mountain streams and rivers with tremendous opportunities for fishing for a variety of species of fish on private and public waters.

Rock Climbing in Taos- Rio Grande GorgeRock Climbing- Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures offers guided climbing and instruction for all skills levels throughout northern New Mexico- from Taos Ski Valley to the Rio Grande Gorge. If you are a first time beginner wanting to experience rock climbing New Mexico in a safe professional setting; or you’re an intermediate to expert rock climber looking to hone your skills, climb a classic New Mexico multi-pitch rock climb, beat the crowds, put up first ascents, or sport climb at your limit. The professional staff at Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Guides can take you to the perfect New Mexico rock climbing area for your ability level and give you a skill and/or memory to last a lifetime.

Hiking in Taos Ski ValleyHiking

chairliftridekidsSummer Chair Lift Rides in Taos Ski Valley- Taos Ski Valley's easiest and most relaxing way to escape the heat and enjoy the mountain scenery. Take in the spectacular views, blue skies and clear mountain air while riding the chairlift. At the top, experience unobstructed views of alpine peaks and abundant wildflowers. Open seasonally Thursday through Monday from 10-4:30. (For more information, go to http://www.skitaos.org/)

frisbee golfFrisbee Golf in Taos Ski Valley- It's Disk Golf - test your skill, keep the score, enjoy the views and spend a day in the mountains. Located around the base area and on Strawberry Hill this is a great way for the whole family to get together and try to outdo each other. Play is FREE and Rental discs are available at Taos Ski and Boot at the base of Lift #1. Disk Golf is open daily from June 21st until Oct 1st. (For more information, go to http://www.skitaos.org/)


Mtn Biking in Taos Ski ValleyMountain Biking- The Taos area has some of the country’s most spectacular biking from classic road rides over mountain passes to mountain bike trails to the area’s highest peaks. There is now a recreation area dedicated to mountain biking complete shuttles as well as a number of well documented rides in the mountains with guides and shuttles available from area bike shops.

  • Northside at Taos Ski Valley- Come ride your mountain bike at Taos Ski Valley's only approved summer recreational area, and some of the best alpine mountain biking anywhere. Explore approximately 25 miles of single-track trails and old grass covered two-track roads through beautiful stands of evergreen forest, expansive groves of aspen, and grassy meadows with spectacular views, all available by private land access permit. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider. With their new Shuttle Service though, you can bypass the first two or three miles of climbing and enjoy more of the mountain!

Bike Shops and Rentals

Ballooning over the Rio Grande Gorge

Ballooning- Gently gliding on the soft desert winds into the Gorge in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, this is the premier hot air balloon flight of the state of New Mexico. From snow covered mountains in the Winter, baby coyotes and deer in the Spring, blossoming flowers, bushes and cacti in Summer to colorful Fall foliage -- there is ALWAYS majestic beauty everywhere! FAA certified pilots are personable and entertaining, making even the drive to the Gorge fun.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Scenic Railroad- The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was originally constructed in 1880 as part of the Rio Grande’s San Juan Extension, which served the silver mining district of the San Juan mountains in southwestern Colorado. Today you can ride this historic railway over scenic Cumbres pass, past historic buildings, over raised trestles, through the Toltec Gorge and past abundant wildlife- it is an experience not to be forgotten. Self-guided tours of the railroad yards available.

Kids & Family Activities & Programs- The Taos area is full of great things for kids and the whole family. The natural landscape provide many outdoor opportunities as does Taos' rich culture of arts and crafts. This section provide information on a number of great things to do with kids.

Field Institute of Taos Summer CampsField Institute of Taos- Based in Taos Ski Valley and utilizing the local outdoor environment, the Field Institute of Taos offers exciting summer camps and after-school mountain bike sessions that focus on adventure, natural sciences, and local culture for children from first grade and up. F.I.Taos offers camp sessions focused on hands-on learning experiences. Each of the one and two week day camp sessions, focuses on several different themes (archeology, river ecology, wildlife biology, orienteering, etc.) exploring each theme and our surroundings through hikes, field notes and drawings, organized activities, art projects, and games.

The Jillana Ballet School- The Jillana School is an intensive summer program in Taos Ski Valley, directed by Jillana, authorized teacher of the Balanchine Technique & Balanchine Style, and is fashioned for the young pre-professional.

Taos Youth and Family Center

Twirl Toystore and Kidspace

Pottery Classes at Taos Clay Studio

A Kid’s Place- A Kid's Place is a fully licensed and insured childcare center conveniently located in Arroyo Seco on the Taos Ski Valley Road (State Road 150) between the town of Taos and the Taos Ski Valley. (575) 776-8995

Kit Carson Park- Kit Carson Park and Historic Cemetery is located 1 ½ blocks north of Taos Plaza at 211 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte. This 19 acre park features a ¾ mile walking and jogging track around the perimeter. The park provides multipurpose courts for tennis and basketball as well as three baseball fields. There are also large open fields suitable for soccer, frisbee and just relaxing. Kit Carson Park also has a playground for children ages 2–12 as well as ample picnic and barbecue areas throughout the park. Kit Carson Cemetery is over 150 years old and is the final resting place of Kit Carson, Padre Martinez Governor Bent, Mabel Dodge Luhan and other prominent Taoseños. Amenities include a walking/jogging trail, two fields for soccer practice, two little league ball fields, one t-ball field, one picnic shelter, a bandstand, several picnic areas, basketball court, and a tennis court. Hours: 7:00 AM to 8 PM daily during the summer.

The Hardwood Museum of Art Kids Programs

Tennis & Golf-

  • Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge- 10 hard courts available by appointment with pro shop and services available.
  • Taos Spa & Tennis Club- Taos Spa & Tennis Club offers comprehensive tennis programs featuring clinics, private, semi-private and group lessons for adults and juniors. Non-members welcome.
  • Taos Country Club and Golf Course- The Jep Wille designed course features spectacular desert scenery with silver-green sage brush and challenging arroyos (Awarded 4-star rating by Gold Digest). The Taos Country Club offers one of the most dramatic and exciting golf games you’ll ever experience.
  • Valle Escondido Golf Course- This semi-private 9-hole course is located at 8,500 feet in a hidden valley nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just outside of Taos. The sky meets the earth for an unusual golf experience in the beautiful high country of Northern New Mexico.

Swimming- If the refreshing waters of the Rio Grande are too cold for you, there are a number of options for swimming in Taos during the summer. Whether for recreation or training, the most popular options are listed below.

  • The Taos Youth & Family Center houses an indoor aquatic recreation area with indoor kids pool, water slides, and a lap pool open to the public for a modest fee.
  • Quail Ridge Tennis and Swimming- Crystal clear, warm blue water…the temperature of the 33′x66′ pool hovers around 80 degrees. There is a separate, fenced 10′x10′ kiddie pool that is 18″ deep. Open daily 8am-8pm, the pool is reserved from 8am-9am as adult lap time. Swimming lessons for all levels, children and adults, available during the summer.
  • Northside Health & Fitness Center- Located on Taos’ north side near Arroya Seco and Taos Ski Valley, the Northside Health & Fitness center is open all year with complete gym with personal trainers, aerobics classes, a weight training area, as well indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and childcare. Day visits available.
  • Taos Spa & Tennis Club- Located on Taos’ south side, the Taos Spa and Tennis Club is open all with full training and spa facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and even tanning beds. Day visits available.

Taos Pueblo- Taos Pueblo, located in Taos at the base of the sacred Taos Mountain, is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years and the architecture of Taos Pueblo actually inspired “Pueblo Architecture” as it is known today. Taos Pueblo offers self-guided and guided tours of the Pueblo daily from 8am to 4:30pm, except when tribal religious activities require a closure of the Pueblo. More than 40 shops and galleries showcase Taos Pueblo artists. Admission and camera fees are required when you visit.

Exercise Facilities

  • The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa has an exercise room with stationary machines, free weights and yoga supplies, and some machine weights available to all Edelweiss guests.
  • High Altitude Training Gym- Located in the heart of Taos Ski Valley, this gym offers day passes to use their facilities with classes offered regularly throughout the winter. (575)
  • Northside Health & Fitness Center- Located on Taos’ north side near Arroya Seco and Taos Ski Valley, the Northside Health & Fitness center is open all year with complete gym with personal trainers, aerobics classes, a weight training area, as well indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and childcare. Day visits available.
  • Taos Spa & Tennis Club- Located on Taos’ south side, the Taos Spa and Tennis Club is open all with full training and spa facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and even tanning beds. Day visits available.

Spa Services

  • The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa has Taos Ski Valley’s premier day spa offering a range of massage therapies, body scrubs, and facials to Edelweiss guests and outside guests alike. Appointments are essential.
  • Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa- Considered a sacred spot by the prehistoric Pueblo Indians who inhabited the mesas and valleys, and referred to the Spaniards as the "hot eye" of a deep volcanic aquifer. The only natural hot spring in the world with combination of five bubbling waters: iron, arsenic, lithium, soda and sodium.

Area Museums- Taos offers the history and art enthusiasts a great number of museums which shine light on the area’s rich late Spanish Colonial and artistic histories. Among the more popular museums in Taos are:

  • Blumenschein Home and Museum
  • Taos Art Museum
  • Harwood Museum of Art
  • Millicent Rogers Museum of Art
  • La Hacienda de Los Martinez
  • Kit Carson Home and Museum- If you want a glimpse into the modest lifestyle of Taos's frontiersmen, head to this 3-room adobe home, a block east of the Taos plaza. Built in 1825 and purchased in 1843 by Carson -- the famous mountain man, Indian agent, and scout -- it was a wedding gift for his young bride, Josefa Jaramillo. It remained their home for 25 years, until both died (exactly a month apart) in 1868. (575)758-4613 or 758-4945
  • Bent House and Museum- This residence of Charles Bent, New Mexico Territory's first American governor, offers an interesting peek into the region's at-times brutal history. Bent, a former trader who established Fort Bent, Colorado, was murdered during the 1847 Native American and Hispanic rebellion, while his wife and children escaped by digging through an adobe wall into the house next door. The hole is still visible. Period art and artifacts are on display at the museum, just a short block north of the plaza.
  • The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi- Located in Ranchos de Taos and built in 1772, this is one of the southwest's most photographed, painted and famous churches. The feast of St Francis is celebrated annually in the church and in the village of Ranchos de Taos on October 4. The church is always open to respectful visitors.

Art Galleries- Art permeates nearly every aspect of life in Taos. From the living art of sunset on Taos Mountain to paintings for sale in nearly every restaurant, art in all its forms can be found just about everywhere in Taos. The center of the city of Taos has over 100 quality art galleries and museums displaying a wide variety of disciplines. The magic light and a long history of famous local artist have long made Taos a mecca for artist and art collectors alike. Many famous artists both past and present have made Taos their home and the plethora of present day galleries and art museums are a testament to Taos’ rich history of art and artists. While there are too many to list individually, an afternoon spent walking around the center of Taos will provide the opportunity to visit a wide variety of art galleries.

Recreation Areas and Other Attractions

  • Northside at Taos Ski Valley Winter and Summer Recreation Area
  • Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area: Carson National Forest
  • Wild Rivers Recreation Area
  • Bandelier National Monument- Home of the Anasazi, who are the ancient ancestors to the Pueblo Indians. Bandelier's Visitors Center has excellent exhibits and an interpretive film on the Anasazi. Additionally there are underground kivas in the canyon floor and rooms carved out of soft volcanic rock high in the canyon walls.
  • Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa- Considered a sacred spot by the prehistoric Pueblo Indians who inhabited the mesas and valleys, and referred to the Spaniards as the "hot eye" of a deep volcanic aquifer. The only natural hot spring in the world with combination of five bubbling waters: iron, arsenic, lithium, soda and sodium.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Heron Lake State Park
  • Rio Grand Gorge Bridge- Built in 1965, it was called the "Bridge to Nowhere," as there was not enough funding to continue the road from the other side. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande and 1200 feet across, it is the second highest suspension bridge in the United States. The view from atop the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is incomparable. From the vantage point you can see for miles across the high desert sage, with the slash through the landscape that is the gorge always drawing your attention away from everything else. There is a small visitor’s center on the western side of the bridge and there are pedestrian walks on either side allowing unequaled views down into the gorge.
  • Greater World Earthship Community Visitor’s Center- Earthships are "completely independent, globally oriented dwellings." In other words they are completely self-sustaining or "off the grid." The structures are built from recycled materials (mainly tires and bottles) and utilize solar and wind power. They also maintain catchment systems to provide water for all needs. Mike Reynolds has become world famous as the designer and chief proponent of earthship living and was the mastermind behind Taos’ Greater World Earthship Community. The visitor center located just west of the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge is open to the public and provides insight as to how these “off the grid” homes work.
  • The Valle Vidal- Donated in 1982 by Pennzoil to the People of the United States for its outstanding wildlife and scenic values, this 100,000-acre paradise sits between Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch and Philmont Scout Reservation, in the heart of the Sangre de Cristos. Its lush forests and fragile alpine meadows are home to a component of the largest herd of elk in the state. Often called the "Yellowstone of New Mexico", this national treasure is close to being given the full permanent protection it deserves. The Valle Vidal offers outstanding opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking and driving and can easily be visited from Taos in a day trip.

Scenic Drives- While there is no ugly way into or out of Taos, some area routes are more beautiful than others.

  • The Enchanted Circle- The Enchanted Circle contains many surprises. Not the least of these, for those unfamiliar with northern New Mexico, is the diversity of the landscape. This 86-mile trip through the Southern Rocky Mountains will dispel any thoughts of New Mexico being strictly a desert state. The circle is anchored by Wheeler Peak, which at 13,161 feet is the highest crest in New Mexico. Taos is the hub of the circle and a perfect base from which to make the trip in a single day.
  • The High Road to Taos- The High Road to Taos proves that the shortest way is not always the best way between two points. To travel from Santa Fe to Taos you can take the low road, which certainly has its charms or you can travel the high road, which allows you to encounter unexpected delights around practically every corner. The seasons are never more evident than when you travel the high road. The fall and spring bring bursts of color that can take your breath away. The winter brings a quite solitude that shifts life into slow motion. In the summer you feel as though you have traveled back a hundred years to a land of hay bails and grazing cattle and even buffalo.
  • The Valle Vidal- Donated in 1982 by Pennzoil to the People of the United States for its outstanding wildlife and scenic values, this 100,000-acre paradise sits between Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch and Philmont Scout Reservation, in the heart of the Sangre de Cristos. Its lush forests and fragile alpine meadows are home to a component of the largest herd of elk in the state. Often called the "Yellowstone of New Mexico", this national treasure is close to being given the full permanent protection it deserves. The Valle Vidal offers outstanding opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking and driving and can easily be visited from Taos in a day trip.

Native American Sites

  • Taos Pueblo- Taos Pueblo, located in Taos at the base of the sacred Taos Mountain, is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years and the architecture of Taos Pueblo actually inspired “Pueblo Architecture” as it is known today. Taos Pueblo offers self-guided and guided tours of the Pueblo daily from 8am to 4:30pm, except when tribal religious activities require a closure of the Pueblo. More than 40 shops and galleries showcase Taos Pueblo artists. Admission and camera fees are required when you visit.
  • Bandelier National Monument- Home of the Anasazi, who are the ancient ancestors to the Pueblo Indians. Bandelier's Visitors Center has excellent exhibits and an interpretive film on the Anasazi. Additionally there are underground kivas in the canyon floor and rooms carved out of soft volcanic rock high in the canyon walls.

Cooking Classes- Chef Chris Maher offers a range of cooking classes, private cooking parties, and wine tastings through the year in Taos. For information about regularly scheduled offerings or to contact him for custom classes or services, please contact Cooking Studio Taos.

Casinos

 

Edelweiss Lodge & Spa in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa is where luxury lodging meets world-class skiing (and snowboarding!)

Luxury has finally come to Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa blends a sophisticated ambience, an array of amenities, and professional service for a first-class lodging experience with ski-in/ski-out convenience. We've considered every detail – from the complimentary ski valet service and personal boot lockers to the on-site day spa offering a variety of treatments and services; from the beautifully appointed condominiums with picture perfect views to the quality food and service found at the Edelweiss bistro and bar. Discover what makes Edelweiss "The Peak of kLuxury in Taos Ski Valley".