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

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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, art, culture and heritage across New Mexico, including Taos full- and half-day tours. A full menu of options are provided, such as Taos Woman’s Full Moon Yoga Retreat, a half-day active tour hiking the Río Grande del Norte National Monument and Taos Pueblo, and a Journey Within A 3-Day Taos Glamping Adventure. For more information, visit heritageinspirations.com or call (575) 779-5516.

Turquoise Tours

turquoisetours.us

(575) 776-TOUR (8687)

To get a real sense of us Taoseños you can choose to “hear the stories from locals, cook traditional foods with locals, ride a mountain bike with a local and maybe even stay with a local.”

Turquoise Tours offers four distinctive excursions that must be booked in advance:

Taos Highlights Tour, Historic Walking Tour, Taste of Taos Food Tour, Winery Tour and Mountain Biking Tours.

For more details, go online to turquoisetours.us.

Historic Taos Trolley Tours

taostrolleytours.com

taostrolleytours@aol.com

(505) 550-5612

Wonder why so many doors and windows are painted in “Taos blue?” Interested in knowing how the Penitentes came to be in Taos? These and many other questions will be answered on a fully narrated trolley tour. What locals refer to as simply, “The Trolley,” (celebrating its 30th anniversary) this enlightening excursion offers two tours: Taos Pueblo Excursion or the History and Culture Tour to ride around the winding, scenic streets of Taos, including the Plaza, La Hacienda de los Martinez, Millicent Rogers Museum and the famous San Francisco de Asís Church.

The Pueblo Excursion narration begins at the Plaza, passes more notable places along the way and makes the short trip to the Pueblo — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — for an hour-long visit. Ticket price includes Pueblo entrance fee. This tour also makes a stop at the Hacienda de Los Martinez (but the tour does not go inside).

The History and Culture Tour is basically the same as the Pueblo Excursion, except instead of stopping at the Pueblo, it goes to Millicent Rogers Museum instead. Ticket price includes entrance fee to the museum.

The Pueblo and History and Culture tours run twice daily from May through October. There are two boarding locations: the Taos Visitor Center on Paseo del Pueblo Sur at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and at Atira’s on Taos Plaza at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center, on the Plaza at Atira’s, from the tour guide or online at taostrolleytours.com.

Taos Pueblo Tours

Without giving too much away, tour guides (who are typically students) tell you the rich, colorful and sometimes tragic history from a perspective that can’t be found in a textbook or in a brochure. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and registered National Historic Landmark.

Tours start at 9 a.m. daily and run every 20 minutes. There is no charge for a tour, but gratuities are appreciated.

For more information contact the Taos Pueblo Tourism office at (575) 758-1028 or visit taospueblo.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Steven Bundy Photography

Taos

stevenbundy.com

(760) 518-1530

Join Steven Bundy on his “High Road to Taos,” “Abiquiú and Ghost Ranch,” “San Luis Valley, Colorado,” “Highway 17, Colorado/New Mexico,” or “Turquoise Trail” photo tour.

Tours can be customized. Discounts for groups.

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC

Taos

deyoungphotoworkshops.com

(900) 360-3609

Veteran pro Michael DeYoung offers custom one-day photography tours and adventures in Taos, Taos Ski Valley, to the Río Grande Gorge, along the High Road to Taos, to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument and to Abiquiú and the famed Ghost Ranch. Tours are offered throughout the year except in July and August.

Geraint Smith Photography

Arroyo Seco

geraintsmith.com

(505) 501-4880

Geraint Smith offers year-round full- and half-day photo tours and multi-day photography workshops in Taos, Abiquiú, the Río Grande Gorge and other locations around Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Individual instruction into basic through advanced digital imaging is also available.

Taos Print and Photography Service

Taos

taosprint.com

(575) 425-1587

Photography guides Gak Stonn and Jim O’Donnell

Stonn and O’Donnell’s photo tours are typically prescheduled a month to six weeks in advance and focus on Northern New Mexico into southern Colorado. For upcoming tours, you can check the Taos Print and Photography Service Facebook page, or email info@taosprint.com and let them know what kind of tour interests you.

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