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Hooks, headwaters, heat, horizons and hooves

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Cast a line, hook a trout in one of Northern New Mexico’s beautiful rivers and streams such as the Río Grande, Red River, Río Costilla, Cimarrón and Upper Río Hondo. Experience the thrill of taking a wild whitewater run through the Class IV rapids of the world-renowned Taos Box of the Río Grande. Silently rise into the big, stunning Taos sky in a hot air balloon. Saddle up for a horseback trail ride or take the kids on an unforgettable, educational lunch hike or multi-day hike with llamas into pristine Taos County backcountry.

And after a day in the wild, soak your bones in the legendary springs featuring sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Also found at Ojo are hiking and biking trails, yoga and birding opportunities.

 

And while you’re out there, gaze in delight at the sighting of bighorn sheep or a soaring bird of prey. Outdoor adventures in Northern New Mexico are as unique and memorable as the landscape and nature held within.

 

Outfitters for fly fishing, whitewater rafting and horseback riding:

 

Fly fishing

 

Taos

Blue Yonder Fly Fishing

blueyonderflyfishing.com

(575) 779-9002

 

Cutthroat Fly Fishing

cutthroatflyfishing.com

(575) 776-5703

 

Solitary Angler

226C Paseo del Pueblo Norte

thesolitaryangler.com

(575) 758-565

866-502-1700

 

Taos Fly Shop

338 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

taosflyshop.com

(575) 751-1312

 

Zia Fly

ziafly.com

(575) 779-3000

 

Red River

Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing

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FagansFlyFishing

(575) 770-9451

 

Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest Fly Shack & Lodge

eaglenestflyshack.com

(505) 485-8328

 

Ute Park

Doc Thompson’s High Country Anglers

flyfishnewmexico.com

(575) 376-9220

 

Velarde

Land of Enchantment Guides

loeflyfishing.com

(505) 629-568

(505) 927-5356

 

 

Whitewater rafting

Big River Rafts

bigrivertrips.com

(800) 748-3746

 

Cottam’s Río Grande Rafting

cottamsriogranderafting.com

(800) 322-TAOS (8267)

 

Far Flung Adventures

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(575) 758-2628

 

Los Rios River Runners

losriosriverrunners.com

(575) 776-8854

 

Native Sons Adventure Company

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(575) 758-9342

 

New Mexico River Adventures

newmexicoriveradventures

(800) 983-7756

 

New Wave Rafting

newwaverafting.com

(800) 984-1444

 

Horseback riding

A.A. Taos Ski Valley Wilderness Adventures

aataosskivalleywildernessadventures.com

(575) 751-6051

 

Bobcat Pass Trail Rides (Red River)

bobcatpass.com

(575) 754-2769

 

Cieneguilla Stables (Pilar)

(575) 751-2815

 

Nancy Burch’s Roadrunner Tours (Angel Fire)

nancyburch.com

(575) 377-6416

 

Red River Stables

redriverstables.com

(575) 754-1700

 

Río Grande Stables

riograndestables.com

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Rides in Taos Ski Valley on the weekends, and trail rides in Lama, New Mexico — in between Taos and Questa — daily.

(575) 776-5913

 

Taos Indian Horse Ranch

Taos Pueblo

(575) 758-3212

 

 

Best fishing holes

1. Río Grande (Pilar and John Dunn Access): This year marks the five-year anniversary of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument designation. Having this river in our backyard is one of the things that makes Taos special. It is a mighty river full of personality. Playing nice one day and being withholding the next. But it is this very challenge that makes the river grand.

 

2. The Red River (Lower Hatchery Stretch): This river is a staple. It is well stocked and managed and gives the fisherman or woman an opportunity to wade in right from the parking lot, or be a little more adventurous and hike downriver into the Red River canyon to find a bit more solitude.

 

3. The Cimarron: Only 45 minutes from Taos, this tailwater fishery is a favorite for both tourists and locals as it provides miles of easily accessible river that winds through a canyon of exposed rock and large pines.

 

— Emily Roley, Taos Fly Shop guide

 

 

 

 

 

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