Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

Our area offers opportunities for every taste, age and physical ability; from outdoor recreation to quiet reflection, scenic drives with plenty of cultural and historical tours and detours, as well as fantastic shopping and dining. We have gathered a selection of ideas that are great year round, but there are always exciting events upcoming in the Town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley and daytrips in the region and you can find more about those on our links page.

Outdoor Activities

Although there are many ways to enjoy this area, arguably one of our best features is our natural beauty, and all the many ways one can explore that beauty. 

Fly Fishing
Spin Fishing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Horseback Riding
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Rock Climbing
River Rafting
Disc Golf

Kids and Families Activities

Traveling with kids requires different kinds of options, although we think many of these are great adult dates also this list is kids and family friendly activities.

Ice Skating
Public Parks
Twirl Playspace
Mitchell Storyteller Cinema
Scenic Drives
Enchanted Circle
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Hooper Pools (Southern Colorado)
High Road to Santa Fe
Hopewell Lake/Chama
Southern Colorado Loop
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Arts, Cultural and Historic Tours and Detours

The Couse House
Blumenschein Home and Museum
Harwood Museum of Art
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
Governor Bent Museum
Holy Trinity Historic Church, Arroyo Seco
Kit Carson Home and Museum
Taos Pueblo UNESCO Heritage Site
Turquoise Tours Daily Offerings
Greater World Earthship Community
Milicent Rogers Museum
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Overlook Trail
Historic St. Francis of Asis Church, Ranchos
Dennis Hopper's Gravesite 

Shopping, Dining and Spa

Dining Recommendations
Taos Ski Valley
Stray Dog Cantina (Year Round)
192 at The Blake (Year Round)
The Bavarian (Seasonal hours, know before your go)
Black Diamond Espresso (Year Round (with closures) caffeine and grab and go snacks)
The Blonde Bear Tavern (Located at Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, Seasonal hours, know before your go)
Cafe Naranja (Located at Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, Seasonal hours, know before your go)
SnakeDance Inn (Seasonal, Lunch and Dinner)
The Saint Bernard (Ski Season, lunch on the deck, traditional european fixed menu dinners, reservations strongly encouraged)
The Café at Saint Bernard (Crépes and hot drinks)
There are lots of places to get food in Taos. We have the national chain fast food, and dozens of local eateries, but featured here are just some of our personal favorites.

Lambert's of Taos (Fine dining w Patio)
Orlando's New Mexican Café (The spot for local green and red chile dishes)
The Love Apple (Fresh, inspired dishes, great atmosphere)
La Cueva Cafe (Mexican, downtown)
KOKO Coffee Deli Carry-Out (Fantastic grab-and-go sandwich, soup, salad, deli items, and baked goods, plus all the cafe drinks)
Toribios Mexican (Fast, Mexican!)
Guadalajara Grill (North and South of downtown locations, fast, Mexican)
Donabe (Asian Fusion downtown)
Sushi a la Hattori at Overland (Long wait/no to-go at peak times, feisty owner, great views of Taos Mountain, generally wonderful Japanese cuisine)
Arroyo Seco
Abe's Cantina and Cocina (New Mexican and Grill (AM), package liquor and bar)
The Wake and Take (Vegan bowls and smoothies)
Taos Cow Ice Cream (Scoop shop by the Rio Lucero)
Sol Food Market and Café (Coffee, sandwiches, soups and salads plus specialty grocery)
Aceq (Fresh, casual dining)
Sabroso (Happy Hour, Dinner)


Taos Ski Valley

Edelweiss Lodge and Spa
The Blake Spa and Wellness Center
Essential Massage and Spa Therapies
The Living Spa
Taos Sage Waters Spa
The Face Place




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