Excellent excursions

Hooks, headwaters, heat, horizons and hooves


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



Blue Yonder Fly Fishing


(575) 779-9002


Cutthroat Fly Fishing


(575) 776-5703


Solitary Angler

226C Paseo del Pueblo Norte


(575) 758-565



Taos Fly Shop

338 Paseo del Pueblo Sur


(575) 751-1312


Zia Fly


(575) 779-3000


Red River

Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing



(575) 770-9451


Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest Fly Shack & Lodge


(505) 485-8328


Ute Park

Doc Thompson’s High Country Anglers


(575) 376-9220



Land of Enchantment Guides


(505) 629-568

(505) 927-5356



Whitewater rafting

Big River Rafts


(800) 748-3746


Cottam’s Río Grande Rafting


(800) 322-TAOS (8267)


Far Flung Adventures


(575) 758-2628


Los Rios River Runners


(575) 776-8854


Native Sons Adventure Company


(575) 758-9342


New Mexico River Adventures


(800) 983-7756


New Wave Rafting


(800) 984-1444


Horseback riding

A.A. Taos Ski Valley Wilderness Adventures


(575) 751-6051


Bobcat Pass Trail Rides (Red River)


(575) 754-2769


Cieneguilla Stables (Pilar)

(575) 751-2815


Nancy Burch’s Roadrunner Tours (Angel Fire)


(575) 377-6416


Red River Stables


(575) 754-1700


Río Grande Stables


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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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