• Discover Taos - Summer + Fall Magazine 2018

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Angel Fire: It’s the sunsets…

Visitors soon appreciate what “Angel Fire” means the first time they witness a sunset — one of those spectacles of red, orange, violet, pink, gray, white and blue that are so magic …

El animale de Taos: Bighorn sheep

Ovis canadensis, the ram, the symbol of the astrological sign Aries; bighorn sheep were known to roam the Upper Río Grande area long ago. A petroglyph of a ram was once carved into the rock of …
EAGLE NEST LAKE

Eagle Nest: Angling, art, chillin’

This picturesque community, surrounded by the open spaces of the Moreno Valley, is conveniently located in the Enchanted Circle for sightseeing and adventures. This is a great place to sit back, …
RÍO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Questa: Serene and unspoiled

This tiny, historic village on the northwest shoulder of the Enchanted Circle, is undergoing an awakening. After its main source of income ended in 2014 with the closing of the Chevron-owned …

Red River: Coolness to boot

No doubt about it, Red River’s changed through the years but the most striking thing about this small community is the way it hasn’t changed. Generations still come, year after year, to …

Taos Ski Valley: A mountain’s majesty

Surrounded by sacred wilderness and infused with the cultures of the Taos Pueblo, Hispanic and European peoples who have defined it, Taos Ski Valley (TSV) is steeped in legend and mystique. The vast, …
“LAND OF THE WALKING RAIN”

The Pueblo: A world apart

If Pueblo Peak is the heartbeat of Taos, then Taos Pueblo is its soul. No visitor should miss seeing the ancient pueblo — perhaps the world’s oldest apartment building. Here, life goes …
THE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE IN ARROYO SECO IS KNOWN AS “THE BIGGEST LITTLE PARADE IN THE COUNTRY.”

Arroyo Seco: A community of locals

All the merchants live pretty close to Arroyo Seco, typically not more than 10 miles away, or right here in the little artist’s village on the way to Taos Ski Valley. They all know each other …
NEW MEXICO HAS AT LEAST EIGHT TYPES OF RATTLESNAKES.

Things that sting (And some that don’t)

This is the best time of year to play outside and really experience the vastness of Northern New Mexico. It’s that special season after the spring winds (the kinds that can reach 60 miles an …

El animale de Taos: The red-tailed hawk

From high above, raining down over the open fields and mesas there is a common sound heard around these parts: keee-eerrrrr. The call is that of the red-tailed hawk (Buteo …
TAOS ATTRACTS PEFORMERS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD. PICTURED, REVEREND HORTON HEAT FROM DALLAS PLAYED THEIR “PSYCHOBILLY” TO A PACKED HOUSE AT TAOS MESA BREWING IN 2016.

Taos’ cool factor: Where to hear live nightly music

For a small town, Taos certainly has an impressive, vibrant music scene. Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alabama Shakes and Collective Soul have performed …
RAILROAD EARTH IS A HEADLINER FOR THIS YEAR’S MUSIC ON THE MOTHERSHIP (FORMERLY MUSIC ON THE MESA), A POPULAR THREE-DAY BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL HAPPENING ON THE GROUNDS OF TAOS MESA BREWING AND HOTEL LUNA MYSTICA 8 MILES FROM TAOS ON JUNE 1-3.
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Music, sweet music: 2018 summer/fall music guide for Taos, Enchanted Circle

Roots & Wires Presents (throughout the summer) If you love roots music, look for concerts by Roots & Wires Presents. This summer’s concerts include North Mississippi Hill Country …
SALT + WINE OFFERS “COMPLEX DISHES IN AN UPSCALE SETTING.”

Pleasing all the senses: Salt + Wine is Taos’ newest option in fine dining

Salt + Wine is Michael Wagener’s latest addition to Taos’ culinary landscape and is the new sibling restaurant to his popular Aceq restaurant in Arroyo Seco. Salt + Wine is located in …

La planta de Taos: The columbine

Three hundred and twenty known species of wildflowers and native plants can be found in the high desert of Northern New Mexico. One of the most common is the columbine. Columbines are truly …

Nature’s extravagance

Hundreds of feet beneath a steel deck arch bridge, the Río Grande (Grand River) flows unfettered as it snakes and tumbles over boulders and smaller rocks on its 1,900-mile journey from the …
THE COFFEE SPOT

Best cups o’ Joe: Taos style roasts and hosts

The list of java joints in Taos is as abundant, delectable and varied as its eateries, galleries and cast of characters. The majority of coffee shops are locally owned. They are listed below in order …
LUCY HERRMAN COOKING SCHOOL TAOS PARTICIPANTS PREPARE A MEAL IN A MORROCAN-THEMED CLASS.

Cook. Eat. Laugh. Learn.: Taos chef’s secret suppers and cooking classes plate a world of food and fun

Taos has so much to offer visitors in the summer: Hiking, biking, river rafting, ballooning, gallery hopping, live music and most important of all, exquisite dining. The number of restaurants …

It’s a dog’s life … in Taos: Dog-friendly patios and trails

Those big doe eyes say, "Please ... please, oh please take me with you," as soon as your suitcase is brought out of the closet, tossed on the bed and unzipped. So long as traveling isn't stressful to …
LABYRINTH AND PRAYER FLAGS ALONG THE WEST RIM TRAIL THAT RUNS ALONG THE RÍO GRANDE GORGE.

Hidden magic of Taos: Labyrinths, petroglyphs and waterfalls

Labyrinth on the mesa Labyrinths are found all over the world throughout time. They have been used as a form of pilgrimage or meditation and as a search for balance and wholeness. Taos has its …

Trippin’ through Taos County: Guided tours are a fun, hassle-free way to enjoy the region

WALKING AND RIDING TOURS Heritage Inspirations, LLC As a partner with Heritage Hotels, Heritage Inspirations offers hand-crafted and all-inclusive guided experiences highlighting adventure, …

Epic excursions: Heavy rapids, holes in one, heat, heights, horizons and hooves

Whether it’s your first time rocking and rolling through the lively waters of the Río Grande or you’re a seasoned rafter/kayaker, the thrill never fades. Taos …
LEANING TO CLIMB AT TAOS SKI VALLEY WITH MOUNTAIN SKILLS ROCK GUIDES.

On top of the world: Cliffs around Taos offer a treasure of climbing puzzles for beginner and expert alike

I feel the rock’s crisp texture in my hands; a cool breeze blows back my hair. Nothing is on my mind but reaching the next hold, which seems impossible, yet by using my feet and legs to stand …

A run with a view: Some of Taos’ most avid runners share their favorite routes

For you running and jogging junkies who don’t take exercise breaks while on vacation and aren’t very familiar with the Taos environs, we asked some avid local trail warriors their …

Fish on!: Building a memory — take youngster angling

Most of us treasure that wonderful moment when we first learned to fish.

Green acres … with solar heat and fine linens

A good 50 years since the Summer of Love spawned more than 30 communes and “back to the earth” communities in central and Northern New Mexico, the drive for a sustainable way of life …

Notable nooks, lovely lodgings: Inns and B&Bs that channel the true spirit of Northern New Mexico

Some folks just want a hotel room as a place to store their clothes, wash up and lay down their heads, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Others, however, like to know the history of a place, …

Only in Taos: 12 unique merchants for your shopping pleasure

Coyote Moon John Dunn House Shops (575) 758-4437 squareup.com/store/coyotemoontaos Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is alive and kicking at this …

Vintage treasure: The beauty and history of true ‘old pawn’

“Old pawn” jewelry has a special story to tell. Much like the traditional and ancient cultures of the Southwest, vintage American Indian jewelry holds against its heart a great legacy and …

Barrancos Blancos: Mound of mystery, symbol of New Mexico geo-diversity

“You see those cracks?” My grandfather would exclaim every … single … time … we traveled to Española, Santa Fe or Albuquerque from Taos. “Many men have …

Admirable works: Total Arts Gallery, the oldest art spot in town

Next year, Total Arts Gallery will be 50 years old, making it the oldest, continuously occupied, owned and operated art gallery space in Taos. Situated on one of Taos’ “gallery …

Artful places, notable faces: The museums and historic homes of Taos

Taos has no shortage of colorful and influential characters who have made their mark. If you’re an art and history hound, then be sure to explore the following places that helped solidify Taos …

Taos’ claims to fame: They’re famous, but are they ‘gente’?

Chances are, if you’ve put Taos on your Southwest itinerary, you already know the famous names linked to this mountain mesa with the river riven through it: Kit Carson, Georgia O’Keeffe, …
Citizens gather on Taos Plaza in front of the then-county courthouse on Dec. 11, 1941, after learning Germany declares war on the U.S. The building still stands. It and a small jail inside are open to the public.

Walking in their footsteps: Discover Taos’ Historic District

Just about anywhere you walk in the heart of Taos you will find yourself immersed in the history of this place and of the Southwest. A majority of the most important historic sites in Taos are easily …

The art of design, the influence of a place: The emergence of Pueblo Revival architecture in New Mexico

In August 1915, Vienna-born architect and Chicago resident Rudolf Schindler toured the Southwest, a trip that included stops in Santa Fe and Taos. Schindler, a protegé of Frank Lloyd Wright, …
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire is site of pilgrimage for many over Memorial Day weekend.

The Village of Angel Fire: A valley of honor and resort fun

Angel Fire is cool, comfortable, even tranquil in the summer, and opportunities for fun are plentiful with summer art exhibitions, chamber music, free outdoor summer concerts, art/farmers’ markets, movies in the park, shopping, birding, wildlife tours, horseback rides, sightseeing at nearby ghost towns, and so much more.

The Town of Red River: Alpine beauty and coolness to boot

No doubt about it, Red River’s changed through the years but the most striking thing about this small community is the way it hasn’t changed. Generations still come, year after year, to …
Building a snowman with Gobstoppers near the Magic Carpet lift at Sipapu.

Sipapú: First to open, last to close

The New Mexico ski resort known for the earliest opening and latest closing dates will have some new looks this winter.    Due to a fire that nearly destroyed a nine-unit complex just …
Eagle Nest Lake begins to feel winter's chill. The lake is a popular spot for ice fishing.

Eagle Nest: Abundant animals, vibrant views

Tucked inside the belly of Moreno Valley's lowest point, where a 2,400-acre alpine lake and snow-capped mountains meet, are the cozy confines of Eagle Nest – a small community with an Old West …
Zach Vanderlei snowboards down Shane's Glade on a very snowy day at Angel Fire Resort.

Angel Fire: Long rides, day or night

With views that include Touch-Me-Not, Baldy, Wheeler Peak (highest in the state), Eagle Nest Lake and the Moreno Valley, Angel Fire Resort features expansive, long trails. Especially when those views …
Cowboys, cowgirl and their horses take a break during a past skijoring event in Red River.

Red River: Focus on fun

The sun shines bright in Red River, where guests feel free to play the day away with activities like...
Snow apples in Questa

Questa: Gateway to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

Questa is becoming known for its quiet charm and the beautiful protected lands that surround this tiny village less than 30 miles north of Taos.   More and more hidden gems of properties …
Courtesy Taos Ski Valley/Kurt Schmidt

Taos Ski Valley: Swiss Alpine vibe

Like many of the small communities that dot the mountain passes of Northern New Mexico, the village of Taos Ski Valley was born from timber and ore mining.   In the 1600s, Spaniards …
The village of Arroyo Seco seems like a tranquil setting, and it is, but there's also a lot to explore in the little spot on the Ski Valley road.

Arroyo Seco: 'Un poquito de todo'

Don't let its tiny size fool you. In typical Taos County fashion, the Spanish land-grant community of Arroyo Seco packs an impressive share of...
"Peaceful Walk"   Lenny Foster

Taos Pueblo: The soul of the valley

New Mexico has a long and storied history. Only becoming a state in 1912, its association with the United States is but a blip in the timeline of this enchanted land.
Rushan Perera

Faces of Taos: Rushan Perera

Occupation: Sri Lanka native Rushan Perera, 44, didn't know Taos or much about the American Southwest, for that matter.
Rob Nightingale

Faces of Taos: Rob Nightingale

Occupation: Rob Nightingale, 53, sits comfortably on an overstuffed couch in his gallery, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art on Kit Carson Road...
Kurt Edelbrock

Faces of Taos: Kurt Edelbrock

Occupation: Kurt Edelbrock is most likely the first person you'll see upon arriving at Taos Ski Valley (TSV).
Geraint Smith  The Río Grande Gorge under winters' light.

Nature's extravagance: The Río Grande Gorge

Hundreds of feet beneath a steel deck arch bridge, the Río Grande (“Grand River”) snakes and tumbles over boulders and smaller rocks on its 1,900-mile journey from the Continental …
Courtesy Taos Ski valley/Nate Hamilton  New 'pulse gondolas' will transport parents and kids to and from the Children's Center to the base area in 48 seconds.

The reshaping of Taos Ski Valley

The founding father of Taos Ski Valley knew well that a precipitous mountain like Taos would always be a challenge to the less-experienced skier.

Aaaaaah... spas in Taos

Whether under a brisk winter's starry sky or wrapped in a peaceful, feng shui indoor environment, there's something magical and rejuvenating about floating weightlessly in a hot tub or in natural hot …

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