Top 12 Things to Do in Taos NM
The Taos Pueblo — 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.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Built more than 125 years ago, this world renown, picturesque, narrow-gauge railroad is jointly owned by New Mexico and Colorado. The Society of International railway Travelers calls this One of the best railway experiences in the world.” Operating seven days a week from late May to mid October, the 64 miles of track travel from 7,863 feet at Chama to 10,015 feet at Cumbres pass. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance at either 1-888-Cumbres or www.cumbrestoltec.com.
The Enchanted Circle
Taos is the hub of this 86-mile National Scenic Byway circling Wheeler Peak – at 13,161 feet, the highest in New Mexico. Motorists can explore:
The Village of Angel Fire — one of New Mexico’s the fastest growing towns features world class skiing and snow sports and provides an array of activities year-round.
Vietnam Veterans National Memorial State Park — Built in 1971 by Dr. Victor Westphal and his family to honor son David killed in Vietnam, the chapel and 6,000 square foot Visitor Center with artifacts and displays enhance a visit to the beautiful Moreno Valley.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park and the Village of Eagle Nest — a favorite fishing spot, this sparkling natural reservoir serves as centerpiece to visitors stepping back into the Old West and staying to enjoy all the modern conveniences.
Elizabethtown — the first incorporated community in New Mexico is home to the Elizabethtown Museum where the rowdy history of early American mining towns lives on.
Red River — the highest community in New Mexico at 8750 feet has a history of attracting treasure hunters from pre-settlement hunters and trappers after abundant wildlife to the gold miners of the 1800’s to the visitors of today in search of clean air, beautiful scenery, and year-round outdoor recreation in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Questa and the Rio Grande Wild Rivers Recreation Area — the first officially designated wild river in the country, this area provides views and access into the 800 foot deep Rio Grande Gorge as well as a charming town and burgeoning art colony.
Taos Ski Valley — is home to one of the Top Ten Ski Schools in the country, this alpine playground combines Old World Village charm with crowd-free expert runs boutique lodges, unique shops, great restaurants and year-round fun.
Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area — encompasses 19,661 acres along the top of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, covered in alpine tundra, rare in the American Southwest.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge — the second highest expansion bridge in the United States towers 650 feet above the river with viewing sides to both sides and unforgettable sunset viewing.
Other Sites to See in Taos
- Downtown Taos Historic District
- South Boundary Trail
- Devisadero Loop Trail 108 Trailhead
- Rio Pueblo de Taos
- Kit Carson Home and Museum
- Harwood Museum of Art
- San Francisco de Asis
- Taos Art Museum at Fechin House