If you live in the south, you might have seen a meme circulating about your state having 12 seasons instead of four. According to that list, most southern states currently are in/on “Hell’s Front Porch” with “Second Summer” on tap right after “False Fall”.
Forget about “False Fall” and come experience “Real Fall” in Taos Ski Valley
. In September, Taos Ski Valley historically experiences daytime tempertures in the low 70s/upper 60s and nighttime temps in the mid to upper 30s (source: Accuweather).
It’s also when the crowds have cleared and kids are back in school, making it the perfect getaway without the chaos, clamor, or heatstroke. And when the weather is fine and the skies high-altitude blue, who doesn’t want to take advantage of our disc golf
, mountain biking
, horseback riding
, or simply taking a scenic chairlift ride up Chair 4 to the base of the Kachina Peak
(10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily and then on weekends only starting on Sept. 2 through October, weather permitting).
Early evenings in the ski valley will be cool enough for fleeces and light down jackets so that you can sit by the Resort Plaza’s fire pit to take in the starry skies and good conversations—or quiet reflection—before snuggling under a warm duvet in your mountainside condo or hotel room
If you visit Taos Ski Valley before September 30, take advantage of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Blue Bus
. The “Blue Bus” offers free rides from the town of Taos
to Taos Ski Valley
and back again, three times daily on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (see the full summer 2019 schedule
The bus stops in the charming and unique communities of El Prado, Arroyo Seco, and Valdez along the way.
In Arroyo Seco
you will find restaurants, galleries, and shops like the Arroyo Seco Mercantile
where Pat can help you pick a beautiful silver and turquoise Native American bracelet or ring from a well-curated selection or point out alternative, unusual gifts for self and others.
If you take the Blue Bus into Taos proper, make sure to walk around the Taos Farmer’s Market
on the main plaza (Saturdays through October, weather permitting) and then wander into the charming John Dunn Shops
which offer everything from fancy to comfortable shoes and clothing, to woven textiles and beads, to a locally owned bookstore with thoughtful selections.
And don’t forget about the Taos Country Club
. Our 18-hole golf course is in New Mexico’s top five! Even if you’re not a golfer, swing by, grab a burger and beverage on the club’s terrace, and soak in the panoramic view of Taos Mountain and the Taos Plateau.
The setting alone is well worth the trip.
Last, but certainly not least, September heralds Taos Ski Valley’s Oktoberfest
. So dust off those lederhosen and drindls and get ready to hoist a stein or two on September 14 and 15 (and consider staying overnight
in the ski valley, if you do). There will be activities for all ages. Steins are available for advance online purchase
at a discounted price.
So come join us and toast the beauty of where the Rockies begin, during the autumnal season with its eye-popping and soul-expanding beauty and bounty.