Treat yourself to cool nights and refreshing mornings in the Village of Taos Ski Valley and in the historic Town of Taos. Both offer daily stunning views of the rugged southernmost subrange of the Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico, watches over us, towering 13,161 feet into the sky and surrounded by millions of acres of the Carson National Forest. Year-round all can enjoy the quality of life here, where awe-inspiring natural beauty, recreation, and relaxation seamlessly blend. The friendly village spirit is grounded in the energy of the high mountains, tall trees, and meandering trails. Small but worldly, the whole family can enjoy Taos, a northern New Mexico gem.
It is easy to leave the world of screens and heed the call of the outdoors in any season. The altitudes of the Village of Taos Ski Valley (9,207-12,481 ft.) and Town of Taos (6,967 ft.) plus dry air guarantee that you’ll find every day here deliciously refreshing. Any craving for active outdoor recreation can be cured; horseback ride, hike, picnic, rock climb, or fish along the mountain streams and meadows surrounded by wildflowers and golden aspen groves dappling the emerald forests. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride, raft down the thrilling Rio Grande, or tour our precious Taos Pueblo. Hikers who dream of steeper pitch and cooler temperatures will be thrilled by a day on the Bull of the Woods, Williams Lake, South Boundary, or Wheeler Peak Summit trails. Inspiring mountain biking and hiking trails are located in the Carson National Forest, Northside Recreation area, and the nearby Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.
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In spring and fall, the vibrant colors of the trees from the mesas to the mountains dance in the breeze. Dazzling hues of greens, yellows, oranges, and reds framed by our famously blue clear skies beg you to tie a hammock among the trees to admire the show. Our wildlife includes Bighorn Sheep, Elk, and the elusive Pronghorn. Trout abound in this magical place where it is still possible to find solitude surrounded by wildlife and a multitude of idyllic fishing spots.
In winter, our dazzling dry powder drapes the area in its seasonal finery when snow activates the 1,294 acres of skiable terrain. From snowshoeing to skiing and boarding Kachina Peak or the easy slopes of Honeysuckle, we have winter fun for all levels and abilities. New or experienced skiing and snowboarding aficionados can perfect their technique with experts at the famed Ernie Blake Adult Snowsports School. Young shredders will love the state-of-the-art Rio Hondo Children’s Learning Center series of programs and the facility’s special pint-sized lifts and appropriately-sized practice terrain. Snowshoe or backcountry ski to Williams Lake and many other trails in Taos Ski Valley (along NM-150) or in the Carson National Forest.
The traffic, heat, and rush of the outside world simply melt away here, but especially when you take relaxation to another level with a rejuvenating spa treatment. Hot stone therapy, integrative massage, and foot reflexology are just a few of the treats available for self-care. If you’d like to have an in-room spa experience, many accommodations have on-site or in-room hot tubs and saunas for you to enjoy.
Finding treasures to take home or gear to rent is a pleasure in our local shops. The Village of Taos Ski Valley boasts five specialty ski shops with highly-trained ski technicians to help you buy or rent equipment. You are sure to find the right gear for every age and skill level skier or snowboarder in your group. One-of-a-kind gifts, local jewelry, fine art, and warm woolen apparel can all be found in our base area. Stock your condo with groceries and margarita fixings from our local market. Catch up on the latest outdoor fashions and the warmest boots as you dream of your next run down Thunderbird Road.
A wide variety of delectable dining options in Taos Ski Valley and the surrounding area range from casual pizza and burgers to upscale meals with farm-to-table and seasonal menus. Start your day with rich coffee, spicy huevos rancheros, or a breakfast buffet, at the mountain’s base. At lunchtime, sit by the Rio Hondo, relax and grab a green chile cheeseburger, or spice things up with the famous New Mexico green and red chile enchiladas. Sit surrounded by aspen and pine forests with a brat and beer and enjoy a stunning view of Kachina Peak.
You’ll leave with an attitude of great gratitude for nature’s abundant beauty that you’ll experience in Taos. In our sacred surroundings, everything is possible.