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Summer hiking in Taos

Alpine wildflowers cover the open fields above the tree line on the mountaintops near Taos. Although there is still some snow and the wind can be blowing, it is a beautiful time to be in the high country. The Fraser … more

Dark skies: connected to the past and future

In Taos, we enjoy darker skies than many places on earth. Growing up seeing stars and planets as familiar landmarks or coming here and glimpsing the Milky Way for the first time can bring feelings of … more

Sidetrack: Gemini

In the astrological zodiac, the sun moved from the earth sign of Taurus into the air sign of Gemini on Saturday (May 20). When people talk about their “sign,” they’re usually … more

Martens: Curious critters in the mountains of Taos

A trail of animal tracks in the deep snow caught the attention of Brian Long, a wildlife biologist and avid researcher. The tracks led him up a familiar mountain. He’d climbed it lots of times … more

Ute Mountain

Finding the trail up Ute Mountain is a challenge well-worth taking on for the views at the top. more

Hiker overcomes disease to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail

After enduring a dozen abdominal surgeries to treat a chronic disease, David Blanco decided to battle his way back to health and tackle a long-held dream - hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Blanco, a former teacher based out of Washington … more

Young, gay and spreading the national parks gospel in the U.S.

By the time Mikah Meyer's Ford van crossed the Gorge Bridge in Taos -- a span of concrete and steel standing more than 500 feet above the Río Grande -- the 31-year-old singer had already seen vast … more

Let someone know before you go

Mountaineer Aron Ralston learned some rules of outdoor adventuring the hard way.Ralston was exploring a remote Utah canyon when a boulder pinned his arm. No one knew where he was or when he expected to return. Trapped for five days, out of water and … more

Spring hiking in Taos: Cascabel Trail

By Cindy BrownFor The Taos NewsThe sounds of the river below seem to rise up and join the wind as it blows across the mesa on the east rim of the Río Pueblo. Here, rolling hills of sage, piñón and juniper frame the backdrop of Taos … more

Spring hiking: Puye Cliff Dwellings

By Cindy Brown It is a place of vast silence today, but the pueblos and cliff dwellings at Puye were once home to 2,500 Tewa-speaking people. The ancestors of the Santa Clara Pueblo lived here … more
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