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:
Blue Yonder Fly Fishing
Cutthroat Fly Fishing
226C Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos Fly Shop
338 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Fagan’s Guided Fly Fishing
Eagle Nest Fly Shack & Lodge
Doc Thompson’s High Country Anglers
Land of Enchantment Guides
Big River Rafts
Cottam’s Río Grande Rafting
(800) 322-TAOS (8267)
Far Flung Adventures
Los Rios River Runners
Native Sons Adventure Company
New Mexico River Adventures
New Wave Rafting
A.A. Taos Ski Valley Wilderness Adventures
Bobcat Pass Trail Rides (Red River)
Cieneguilla Stables (Pilar)
Nancy Burch’s Roadrunner Tours (Angel Fire)
Red River Stables
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.
Taos Indian Horse Ranch
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