Day Trips Around Taos Ski Valley
From Hot Springs to Day Spas to the Historic District to the 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.
HOT SPRINGSOjo 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 97 F 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 97 F depending on how high the river is. Clothing optional.
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 from 11/1/17 to 2/28/18. Ojo Caliente 505.583.2233
THE ART SCENE
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
Historic artist homes open to the public include Blumenschein Home 575.758.0505, the Martinez Hacienda 575.758.1000, the Couse-Sharp Site 575.751.0369 and the Kit Carson Home and Museum 575.758.4945.
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 Indian 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 Ln and stop in and get a tour. 575.613.4409 Earthship Visitors Center
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!
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. 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 Monument, 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).