Fun Day Trips from Taos
Hot Springs & Day Spas to the Historic District & Taos PuebloWhile a visit to Taos Ski Valley can be all consuming and soul satisfying, the Town of Taos and the surrounding region has a wealth of other alluring places to visit and things to do. There are many forays away from Taos Ski Valley that can run as short as a few hours to day-long outings.
Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort is located in the foothills of the Carson National Forest, in the town of Ojo Caliente, between Santa Fe and Taos. Five different springs with different temperatures and mineral content; indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 85-106F. Bathing suits required. 505.583.2233
Black Rock Hot Springs are located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo near the Junction Bridge and confluence of the Rio Hondo and Rio Grande, It is about a 5-10 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. Two mud-bottomed rock pools on the west bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional.
Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs are located north of Taos, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo. It is about a 15-20 minute walk off a dirt road. Ask locals for directions. Three shallow sand-bottomed rock pools on the east bank of the Rio Grande. Pool temperatures are usually about 97F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional.
Get directions to Black Rock Hot Springs and Manby Hot Springs.
Alpine Village Suites Spa Services Packages include Integrative Deep Tissue Massage (customized to your personal needs), Hot Stone Therapy and the popular Indian Head Massage. You can enhance your massage treatment with add-ons that include Face Therapy, a Hot Oil Scalp Treatment, or Reflexology. Top-of-the-line organic Ayurvedic massage oils and rich non-invasive skin care products are used to create a total experience for you. Book your appointment at the hotel's front desk. 575.776.8540
Edelweiss Spa uses all natural products and offers a menu of treatments tailored to suit every need, including custom deep tissue massage, warming hot stones, rehydrating facials and deep cleansing body scrubs. 575.737.6900
The Blake Spa & Wellness Center embraces the philosophy of the Circle of Life that has been practiced throughout the ages by the resident European, Hispanic, and Native North American cultures as well as the indigenous people of the Alpine countries of Europe. Treat yourself to Massage, Yoga, Aromatherapy, Skin Care, and Body Treatments. 575.776.5340
El Monte Sagrado Living Spa where you will experience the extraordinary treatments of the Living Spa™ designed to heal mind, body and spirit. Winner of Spa Finders Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Massage Therapist, top 10 for Mind-Body-Spirit and top 10 for Environmental Practices. This is the perfect spot to unwind after an exhilarating day on the slopes. Town of Taos 575.758.3502
Ojo Caliente Hot Springs has a full service spa, private outdoor pools, detoxifying mud pool. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, come soak your bones in the steamy, soothing hot springs of Ojo Caliente and get a massage. Bring your lift ticket or season pass from any New Mexico Ski Resort and receive either 20% off Springs entry during ski season. Ojo Caliente 505.583.2233
ICE SKATING and SWIMMING
The Town of Taos Youth and Family Center has a winter ice rink, outdoor skateboard park, indoor game room, and year round swimming pool with slides and separate kiddy pool.
Public Skating hours are normally Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1:30pm-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. But call to verify as as hockey tournaments can affect open skating times. Cost which includes skate rental, is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Call 575-758-4160 to confirm open skate times.
The pool hours vary with the season. Adult admission is $3 and $2 for children. Call 575-737-2583 for hours and pool information.
THE ART SCENE and HISTORIC HOMES
The Town of Taos has one of the nation’s best small-town art scenes. This includes excellent museums like the Harwood Museum of Art in the artistic enclave of Ledoux Street 575.758.9826 , the Millicent Rogers Museum on the north side of town 575.758.2462 and the Taos Art Museum in the former home of noted artist Nicolai Fechin 575.758.2690. The Kit Carson Home and Museum is located in the center of town on Kit Carson Road 575.758.4082. Historic artist homes open to the public include the Couse-Sharp Historic Site 575.751.0369,
Three hour sessions of painting Instruction for beginners to advanced painters can be booked with the Pat Woodall Gallery. Taos is the place to expand your creative energies!
There are also dozens of galleries and countless artist studios, film festivals, live theater, lectures and special events can be found on LiveTaos.com and the Taos News Entertainment as well as the Taos Ski Valley Events Calendar.
HISTORY and CULTURE
Taos Pueblo is the only Native American community in the United States designated as a World Heritage Site and is a sight to behold. Its multi-story adobe structure is home to numerous artisans, who sell handmade pottery, jewelry, leather goods and other arts and crafts to visitors. Guided tours conducted by Pueblo college students highlight the culture, history and people. Tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and run every 20 minutes on the hour. 575.758.1028 Taos Pueblo
Heritage Inspirations cultural tours provide an immersive cultural and activity based tours with hand-crafted, all-inclusive guided experiences highlighting adventure, art, culture, and heritage. Guests interact with locals, hear their stories, history, and traditions while visiting cultural sites. Guests will develop an insight to the diversity of the people and adventurous landscape and natural wonders. Custom and private tours are available. 575.779.5516
THE GORGE BRIDGE and EARTHSHIPS
The Gorge Bridge. Head west from Taos on US 64 stopping for a stroll over the High Bridge spanning the immense Taos Gorge. At 565 feet (172 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the seventh highest bridge in the United States and 82nd highest bridge in the world. The bridge has appeared in several films, including; Natural Born Killers, Twins, White Sands, She's Having a Baby, The Signal, Paul, Wild Hogs, and Terminator Salvation.
Earthship Community. Two miles past the bridge on the right is the Earthship community. An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds. Earthship structures are intended to be "off-the-grid-ready" homes, with minimal reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. They are constructed to use available natural resources, especially energy from the sun and rain water. Take a right onto Love Tree Lane and stop in and get a tour. 575.613.4409 Earthship Visitors Center
Taos Ski Valley Winderness Adventures will take you on one of the most picturesque snowmobile tours you will ever experience. Big Al will be your guide up to 12,000 foot peaks with incredible views. The tour includes riding time on the snowmobiles and warm clothing if needed. Call for reservations and more information 575-751-6051.
SNOWSHOEING, BACK COUNTRY and CROSS COUNTRY SKIINGYou can take guided snowshoeing tours with Heritage Inspirations or go on your own. Snowshoe or back country ski (skin) up to William’s Lake—a 4-mile round trip hike from The Bavarian. Other options include Gavilan Trail (3.3 miles one way), Italianos Canyon Trail (3.7 miles one way), Bull of the Woods/Long Canyon Trail (3 miles one way), Manzanita Canyon Trail (4.2 miles one way) and Yerba Canyon Trail (3.9 miles one way). All of these trails are accessible from Road 150, the Taos Ski Valley road. More trails including popular cross country ski trails can be found at Carson National Forest. Please be aware of avalanche danger in the mountains in the winter season. Check out the updates from the Taos Avalanche Center for avalanche advisories. Skis and Snowshoes can be rented at Cottams's Ski Shop. For a groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails check out the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area in Red River.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDESRiding the soft desert wind with Pueblo Balloons in a hot air balloon is the perfect way to celebrate your special occasions with friends, family or when romance is in the air, and there is no better place to enjoy it than here in Taos, New Mexico. Our year round balloon flights provide guests beautiful panoramas of Taos and the Sangre de Cristo's before we drop down into the Gorge and kiss the historic Rio Grande river as it gently flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. This is the most thrilling balloon ride anywhere. After the flight we celebrate with the traditional Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast where you'll be presented your official Flight Certificates. The memories will last a lifetime.
FLY FISHINGBoth the experienced angler and the novice will find success in the rivers and streams surrounding Taos Ski Valley year round. Fly Fishing for native cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout. Hire a local guide from Cutthroat Fly Fishing, the Solitary Angler, or head out on your own for mountain lakes and streams a hour's drive from Taos Ski Valley, such as the Rio Grande, Chama River, Red River, Eagle Nest Lake or the Cimarron River.
GOLFEnjoy panoramic mountain views while you swing at Taos Country Club. Golf Digest four-star rated championship course features gently rolling hills, challenging arroyos and four tees to accommodate all skill levels. The pactice driving range is 17,000 square feet with 5 course-like greens to help you hone your skills. Experienced PGA professionals can help you at the pro shop, ask a question, book a lesson or upgrade your clubs. The course and driving range are open from April through October and tee times can be reserved by calling 575-758-7300.
DRIVE THE ENCHANTED CIRCLE
Take a day and cruise one of the state’s most beautiful circular drives. Head north from Taos on NM 522 to Questa, then turn east into the Sangre de Cristos on NM 38 to the Old West-style town of Red River. Climb Bobcat Pass and descend into the lush and isolated Moreno Valley, passing Eagle Nest town and lake, and the resort community of Angel Fire. Then climb Palo Flechado Pass and return to Taos on US 64. Ski areas, ghost towns, places to bike, fish, bird watch, rock hunt and hike abound.
The landscapes made famous by the great Modernist American painter Georgia O’Keeffe are on display during a drive to the area around Abiquiu, about two hours southwest of Taos. Visit Ghost Ranch, a 21,000-acre educational, recreational and spiritual retreat where she spent several summers. Look online for directions to “The White Place/Plaza Blanca” and roll through the plaza in the village of Abiquiu, where she had a house (open in summer for tours by reservation). In summer, swimming at Lake Abiquiu beckons!
CHAMA: CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD
Enjoy a gorgeous early morning, 2-hour drive over the Brazos Mountains from Taos to Chama on US 64, then catch the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the nation’s longest and highest narrow gauge commercial rail line. America’s best scenic railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, zig zags between the Colorado and New Mexico border for 64 miles, through steep mountain canyons, high desert, and lush meadows. Coming home, swing down US 84 past Abiquiu through “O’Keeffe Country” and along the verdant Chama River Valley to Espanola, then up the Rio Grande Gorge back to Taos.
GREAT SAND DUNES
Head north through San Luis and Fort Garland, Colorado to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preseve, an hour beyond the state line. The nation’s largest and tallest dune field sits at the foot of stupendous alpine peaks. Stop to refuel the belly and auto in nearby Alamosa, which includes a brewpub and numerous places to eat, and return via Manassa (home of the “Manassa Mauler,” i.e., Joe Dempsey).