Cool nights and refreshing mornings await in the Village of Taos Ski Valley. Embraced by the rugged southern Rockies, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, beauty unfurls from high alpine peaks to the valley mesa, making it a year-round destination. The whole family can enjoy this northern New Mexico gem.
It is easy to unplug and get outside in any season, surrounded by awe-inspiring views and the sacred energy of the mountains. The Village of Taos Ski Valley (9,207-12,481 ft.) is where New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak (13,161 ft.), is nestled in the 1.5 million acres of the Carson National Forest. The area’s unique topography offers an array of active adventures; horseback ride, picnic, rock climb, or fish along the mountain streams and meadows, where aspen groves reach beyond the emerald evergreens. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride, raft down the thrilling Rio Grande Gorge, or tour the precious Taos Pueblo. Hikers who dream of steeper pitches and cooler temperatures will be thrilled by a day on the Bull of the Woods, Williams Lake, South Boundary, or Wheeler Peak Summit trails. Hike or bike a vast network of meandering trails in the Carson National Forest, Northside Recreation area, and Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.
Our unique natural light has drawn artists from across the globe to capture its glow. Vibrant earth tones meet firey sunsets that keep the sky ablaze long after sunset. Dazzling sunflowers arrive in August to dance in summer breezes among seas of rolling sagebrush dotted with blooming Chamisa. All one needs is a hammock among the trees to admire the famously blue clear skies in spring and fall. Enjoy observing the abundant bird species, Bighorn Sheep, Elk, and the elusive Pronghorn. Trout abound in this magical place where it is still possible to find solitude in many idyllic fishing spots.
Our dazzling dry powder drapes the 1,294 acres of skiable terrain in winter, perfect for snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding (for all abilities), and backcountry snowmobile tours. New or experienced skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts 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 the Carson National Forest.
You’ll savor the wide variety of delectable dining options in Taos Ski Valley and the surrounding area, ranging from casual to upscale, many with farm-to-table seasonal menus. Stock your condo with groceries and margarita fixings from our local market. Start your day with rich coffee, spicy huevos rancheros, or a breakfast buffet at the mountain’s base. Sit by the Rio Hondo at lunchtime, relax, grab a green chile cheeseburger, or spice things up with the famous New Mexico green and red chile enchiladas and award-winning local beer. Grab a Wienerschnitzel and beer at the top to enjoy a stunning view of Kachina Peak.
The friendly village spirit and welcoming energy make for an unparalleled quality of life that has always attracted like-minded folks. The chaotic pace melts away here, 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 multiple 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. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, local jewelry, fine art, and warm woolen apparel in our base area boutiques. Or catch up on the latest outdoor fashions and the warmest boots as you dream of your next run down Thunderbird Road.
You’ll leave with an attitude of gratitude for nature’s abundant beauty experienced in Taos. In our sacred surroundings, everything is possible.