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Tarantulas de Taos

When the 1955 sci-fi flick “Tarantula” went to the big screens, the creators banked on the fear of spiders that pumps through the veins of the American temperament like venom from a black widow. In the movie, spiders were cast as 100-foot-tall … more

Wilderness Act marks 52nd year

Having been raised on a small ranch in the Taos Valley, I am lucky enough to have grown accustomed —­ though I hope never oblivious — to the incredible wild beauty that cradles this community. There are few places in the world where you can be … more

Lost in the wilderness

Big mountains. Bigger skies. Volcanic rifts and rolling clouds. Every kind of weather. The very things that make Taos awesome — in every sense of the word — are the very same elements that can also make it dangerous. Toxin and antidote bound … more

Burned in wood: Study uses tree rings to trace Taos-area fire history

Ellis Margolis tears a shield-sized slab of bark from a rotten ponderosa pine stump up Taos Canyon and shakes it above his head. “That’s evolution, man,” Margolis exclaims, gripping the hunk of sturdy tree armor with both hands. His … more

Get ‘lost’ on this late-summer hike in Taos

While summer is starting to fade in Northern New Mexico, there is still time for some great summer hiking. Lost Lake is an emerald-green alpine pool tucked just under the high ridge that leads to Wheeler Peak. A hike of more than 5 miles through … more

Water matters: Deal sweetened for aquifer mapping in Taos County

When it was time for Trudy Valerio Healy to accept mil gracias for the Healy Foundation’s latest gift to UNM-Taos, she looked out over the audience, brushed aside her iconic black bangs and spent her impromptu speech thanking everyone in the … more

Otters of the Río Grande

There is literally nothing as good as spending a hot weekend on the river. You’ve got sun, dogs, food, a little fishing and plenty of playing around. But few people know that the sands of the Rio Grande is home to another community of party … more

Taos regional water plan hits milestone

Spanish partidas, law 3: “Las cosas que son de todos y todas – son l’agre, sol, [lluvia], agua y el mar.” “The things which belong in common to all the living creatures of the world are the air, rain, water, the sea and its shores; for … more

Summer hiking in Taos: Gold Hill up and over to Deer Creek Trail

The wildflowers are bursting into bloom in the meadows high above Taos. Now is the perfect time to head up to the peaks above Taos Ski Valley to experience the beautiful and challenging hikes that begin there. The summit of Gold Hill is one of … more


Pictured is the Gold Hill summit — the north approach. more
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