In the Plaza, You Are Worlds Away!

Spend a Day in Our Village

When all of the snow is long gone and the warm days stretch gloriously until sundown, Taos Ski Valley transforms into a summer adventure paradise. At 9,321 feet, you’ll find the heart of the Valley at the base area of the mountain - The Resort Plaza.

Upon entering Taos Ski Valley, there is a junction at the Bear Parking Lot where you can choose to take a left to proceed to RV Parking and Twining Road up to The Bavarian or take a right to park closest to the Plaza entrance. Take the right – you’ll now see the green ski slopes and lifts of Taos Ski Valley Resort rising above you. If you need directions or specific area information, look for our small Info Chalet to your left. One of our friendly Chamber Ambassadors can help guide you.

Taos Ski Valley Visitor Information Center

After you park your vehicle, look for the welcoming wood archway into Resort Plaza. Go ahead and meander the wood deck to the center of the Plaza and take in the views – or even better, settle into a comfortable deck chair. As the day goes on, the sunlight shifts on the trees, mountainside, and occasional afternoon cloud formations making for perfect slow, natural theater.

Monsoon summer rains and flowers on the Resort Plaza

If you have that hangry person in your group, look to any of the Plaza's excellent take-away options to turn their frown upside down. Foodies will want to check out exciting new food cart addition A La Cart 2, a satellite of local favorite casual gourmet A La Cart on Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the Town of Taos.

Pulled pork tacos from A La Cart Taos

If a breakfast or lunch burrito is always your go-to, Bump’s Market is your destination of choice for deliciousness. If the mention of charcuterie, or fig, funky cheese, and prosciutto oven-fired pizza makes your mouth water, pair your pick with canned beer, wine, or a cocktail within 192 at The Blake’s summer menu. For the ‘fastest lift in the Valley’ look no further than Black Diamond Espresso, where coffee, tea, milk steamers, and specialty hot chocolate are ready to elevate your senses.

Black Diamond Espresso coffee and snack at Taos Ski Valley

Longing to visit a store with items that are uniquely you? Color and comfort reign at exotically lovely Andean Software. Take home a handwoven alpaca wool tapestry, fine Peruvian blanket, or any of the jewelry, clothing or fine textiles for yourself or for gifts. Each is hand-selected in Bali, India, Ireland, Mexico, Turkey and the United States, it's a fantastic collection of wearable art!

Luxury clothing and gifts at Andean Software in Taos

Getting ready for adventure is what it’s all about at the Plaza sporting goods stores! BootDoctors has everything from footwear and casual wear to rugged hiking supplies. Be sure to get any trail information as you get outfitted from head to toe to go conquer your favorite trail.

Cyclists from lower elevations will want to take advantage of the electric bike rentals at Taos Sports (near chairlift #1). Explore the hills with ease with silent electric assistance! Their pedal-assisted mountain bikes conserve your energy so that you can see and do more during your visit. If you are mountain biking Taos Ski Valley for the first time or if you are new to mountain biking, get your legs warmed up on the Pioneer Flow Trail near the Resort Center and practice there before going to the more advanced Green Chile Flow Trail.

Electric Bike rentals in Taos Ski Valley

Hikers have several stunning scenic options from the base area. Hike streamside along the Long Canyon Trail to see the abundant Columbine bloom, accessed by the always popular Bull-of-the-Woods Trail. Remember that if you aren’t used to the altitude, plan a simple walk to make sure that you are sufficiently acclimated for any longer hikes planned.

Wildflowers and mountains streams in Taos Ski Valley

An escape from the heat awaits; recreation, leisure, dining and shopping are all available from the outdoor comfort of the Taos Ski Valley Resort Plaza! Our open Member Businesses are eagerly complying with all of the state directed Covid-Safe Practices (CSPs) and ask our visitors to do the same.