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[[Image:Reduced TSV for WTTaos pueblo.jpg|thumb|300px350px|Scenery above Taos Ski ValleyPueblo]]
'''Taos''' [] is a town in [[New Mexico]] in the [[United States]], about a two hours' drive from [[Santa Fe (New Mexico)|Santa Fe]]. It is noted for its art colony, skiing, and Taos Pueblo, a photogenic American Indian community that is open to visitors under controlled conditions. These attractions have made it a popular travel destination in recent years.
First things first: "Taos" rhymes with "house" or "mouse," as pronounced in "American" English.
The town of Taos itself is one of several places with "Taos" in their name, all part of the region and contributors to its attractiveness but differing in just what the attractions are. '''Ranchos de Taos''' is a small village south of Taos proper that is notable for a spectacularly scenic and much-photographed church. '''Taos Pueblo''' is just north of town, an ancient American Indian community (and [[UNESCO World Heritage List | UNESCO World Heritage Site]]) in a particularly beautiful setting. '''Taos Ski Valley''', also known as Twining, is about 20 miles (30 km) north of town in the [[Sangre de Cristo Mountains]]. Finally, the '''Taos Box''' is a section of the nearby Rio Grande known for its superb whitewater. Before setting out for an attraction, know exactly which Taos you're visiting; attractions outside Taos proper but in Ranchos de Taos, Taos Pueblo or Taos Ski Valley are covered below with those for the town, while more distant attractions are under '''Get out'''.
===By bus===
There is limited Greyhound service to Santa Fe and to points in southern Colorado. The Town of Taos operates the Chili Line local bus system including ski season service to Taos Ski Valley. Faust Transportation (575-758-3410) provides local taxi, regional and airport shuttle, and charter bus service to the North Central NM area. Its airport shuttle is no longer operating. Twin Hearts Express Shuttle Co. (575-751-1201) also provides shuttle services to and from the Taos area. '''The North Central Regional Transit District''' [] "Blue Buses" provides free bus service Monday through Friday with routes that connect the counties and communities of Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba.
==Get around==
[[Image:Taos Fechin House.jpg|thumb|300px|Fechin House and Museum at the Fechin Institute]]
* The main plaza in Taos is a great place for people-watching. Pull up a bench and watch the world go by. The Taos Chamber of Commerce presents Taos Plaza Live every Thursday evening(summers). Details at
* A number of the houses near the plaza that belonged to founders of the art colony or other significant personages have been turned into museums and galleries.
** '''Fechin Institute''', on Paseo del Pueblo just north of the plaza, ''+1 575'' 758-2690. Tu-Su, 10AM-5PM. Located in the former home of Russian born artist Nicolai Fechin, the Taos Art Museum has works from famous Taos artists. $8** '''Kit Carson Home and Museum''', on Kit Carson Road 1/2 block east of the plaza, ''+1 575'' 758-4945. Daily, 10AM-5PM. The house of Kit Carson, with artifacts from his life and frontier life in Taos.** '''Governor Bent Home''', on Bent Street a couple of blocks north of the plaza. The former home of Governor Bent, the first Governor of New Mexico when it was territorial United States, who was killed here in a raid by angry residents who objected to American rule.
** '''Blumenschein Home & Museum''', on Ledoux Street a few blocks southwest of the plaza, ''1 575'' 758-0505. Daily, 9AM-5PM. The former home of Ernest L. Blumenschein, who became captivated by the scenery in Taos when he and a friend were traveling through and a wagon accident forced them to stay in Taos. Blumenschein told other artists of the beautiful scenery and returned to Taos, where he helped create the Taos Art Colony. $5
** '''Harwood Museum of Art''', on Ledoux Street a few blocks southwest of the plaza, ''+1 575'' 758-9826. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. A vast collection from Taos artists dating from the 18th to the 20th century. $7 *<see name="Henningsen Fine Art" alt="Henningsen Gallery and Sculpture Garden" address="235 Morada Lane, Taos, NM 87571" directions="3 blocks west of Plaza, Next to Mabel Dodge Luhan House, a short walk from the center of town and Kit Carson park" phone="575-758-1434" url="www.henningsenfineart" hours="10am-5pm daily, except holidays" price="free" lat="" long="">This gallery and aquatic sculpture park sits nestled next to the famous Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Henningsen Fine Art is a contemporary gallery featuring photography, glass sculpture, and hand carved stone sculpture.They showcase local artists. Tours given daily.</see>
[[Image:Taos pueblo.jpg|thumb|300px|Taos Pueblo]]
* '''Taos Pueblo''' [] is a [[UNESCO World Heritage List | UNESCO World Heritage Site]] owing to its history, culture, and beauty. The pueblo is open to visitors daily (fee) from 8 a.m. until 4:30, although it closes occasionally for religious ceremonies, including an extended closure in early spring, usually around Easter. There is an additional fee for photography, etc. You can drive to the pueblo if you don't mind the frustration of navigating through downtown Taos traffic, but Taos Trolley Tours visits it on one of their regular tours and may be a less aggravating way of getting there. Note that there's now a casino at the pueblo, if you go for that sort of thing; this one is notable for being entirely non-smoking.
{{infobox[[Image:Reduced TSV for WT.jpg|thumb|The "Taos Hum"300px|Scenery above Taos is a well-known center for "spiritual" activities of various kinds, some of them relating to the curious and possibly mythical phenomenon of the Taos Hum. Many visitors claim to be able to hear a persistent, low rumbling or buzzing sound not attributable to the traffic of town or other obvious sources. Possible explanations have been posed ranging from the pedestrian (static discharges in the mountains, power lines that are heard but not seen) to the outlandish (secret government facilities nearby, some manner of UFO nexus). Sober-sided skeptics insist that there isn't really a Hum at all and that its perception results from visitors from noisier lands being unused to the general solitude and silence of the rural area. If you want to try to hear the Hum, get out of the downtown area, which is too congested to hear a "hum" of anything but traffic, and spend some time in the forest, particularly early in the morning or at night if you're equipped for it.}}Ski Valley]]
*Ski. '''Taos Ski Valley''' [] is a major downhill ski locale, usually with the best snow in New Mexico if not the entire Southwest. The slopes usually open on Thanksgiving weekend and close in early April, although early season snow can be sparse and spring conditions slushy. This is a challenging hill, and beginners may feel more comfortable on one of the nearby areas listed under "Get out," but the expert skier can have a fantastic time here. One caution: there is Nordic (cross-country) skiing up-valley from the downhill area, but the valley is prone to avalanches, and Nordic skiers have died there. If the locals warn you against skiing (downhill or Nordic) outside the safe areas due to avalanche hazard, take them seriously.
** '''Native Sons Adventures''', ''+1 800'' 753-7559, []
: Most trips on the Rio Grande take a full day, with some outfitters offering overnight outings that extend beyond the Taos Box. Pickup/dropoff, gear selection, etc., all vary according to the outfitter and trip; contact the outfitter directly to make arrangements. Reservations are a "must" for most trips.
*<do name="Enchanted Circle Self Guided Drive Tour" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Many visitors to Taos drive the Enchanted Circle. From Taos, drive North on NM 522 to Questa. Then East to Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire. Then West on US 64 back to Taos. That is the short version. The most visited site on that tour is the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire. An exeptional exceptional side trip out of Questa is the Wild and Scenic Rivers area of the Rio Grande Gorge for sightseeing and hiking both. The Enchanted Circle is anywhere from a 2.5 hour straight drive to an all day trip with lots of stops.</do> 
{{infobox|The "Taos Hum"|Taos is a well-known center for "spiritual" activities of various kinds, some of them relating to the curious and possibly mythical phenomenon of the Taos Hum. Many visitors claim to be able to hear a persistent, low rumbling or buzzing sound not attributable to the traffic of town or other obvious sources. Possible explanations have been posed ranging from the pedestrian (static discharges in the mountains, power lines that are heard but not seen) to the outlandish (secret government facilities nearby, some manner of UFO nexus). Sober-sided skeptics insist that there isn't really a Hum at all and that its perception results from visitors from noisier lands being unused to the general solitude and silence of the rural area. If you want to try to hear the Hum, get out of the downtown area, which is too congested to hear a "hum" of anything but traffic, and spend some time in the forest, particularly early in the morning or at night if you're equipped for it.}}
* Ski lessons are available at Taos Ski Valley.
* The '''Taos School of Music''' [] is a well-regarded summer program for the aspiring (age 18 and up) professional musician. The focus is on chamber music, with a very favorable student/faculty ratio and performance opportunities. A concert series involving significant chamber ensembles is part of the program. Admission into the program is highly competitive.
*'''Food Not Bombs Free Skool'''[] hosts classes during summers on a variety of topics ranging from permaculture and organic gardening to social change and economic justice. All classes are free of charge.
A tip: Many restaurants in Taos double as art galleries/outlets. You won't find any of the really good stuff there (unless it's art gallery first, restaurant second), but the prices on the workaday material are competitive with the galleries, and you'll have both a more interesting dining experience and an opportunity to browse or even buy the art without feeling guilty about not going for the big-ticket items. In the following, "Budget" restaurants have entrees up to about $10 (exclusive of drinks, desserts and tips), "Mid-range" between $10 and $25, and "Splurge" greater than $25. There are many more restaurants in Taos than shown here, some of them quite good; add your favorite.
*<eat name="Graham's Grill " alt="" address="106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte" directions="First block North of historic Taos Plaza" phone="575-751-1350" url="" hours="Lunch & dinner" price="mid range" lat="" long="">Creative foods for good prices with friendly service in a fun environment.</eat>
*<eat name="Five Star burgers" alt="" address="1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur" directions="About a mile South of historic Taos Plaza" phone="575-758-8484" url="" hours="" price="mid range" lat="" long="">Grilled snadwiches and panninis, fresh salads, sides, desserts, beer & wine.</eat>
*'''Michael's Kitchen''', 304C Paseo del Pueblo Norte, ''+1 575'' 758-4178. A long-time local favorite, casual and busy. Great for breakfast, which is served all day. The New Mexican lunches are variable. Also has a nice bakery. Hours seem to vary; currently (October 2007) open 7 days 7AM-2:30PM, but closed on major holidays.
*'''Taos Pizza Outback''', 712 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, ''+1 575'' 758-3112. M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa-Su 11AM-10PM. Locals are divided about this pizzeria, some proclaiming it the best pizza in town, others sniffing that it doesn't serve "New York style" pizzas. ''Chacun à son gout''.
*'''The Bean''', in (there were two locations: 900 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (''several blocks north of the Plaza''until 2010) and 1033 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (''on the way to Ranchos de Taos''). ''+1 575'' 758-5123. Coffee shops shop popular with the locals but rather far from the tourist area. Breakfast 7 days, 7AM-2PM; lunch 7 days, 11 AM-2PM (? -- their literature is murky as to closing time, which is not unusual in Taos).
*'''Bent St. Deli & Cafe''', ''+1 575'' 758-5787. Creative cuisine heated patio dining breakfast, lunch, dinner. "European-style," beautiful patio dining and yes, it rocks. Excellent menu selections, wonderful sandwiches, accommodating and gracious waitstaff. Licensed, with a good selection of beers. A local favorite, popular with visitors and regulars alike. Great for people-watching. On the pricey side of "budget".
*'''Antonio's''', 4167 SR 68 (''in Ranchos de Taos''), ''+1 575'' 758-9889, []. M-Sa 11AM-2PM, 5PM-9PM. Combines well with a trip to see the church in Ranchos de Taos (see above under "See"). The menu combines "New Mexican" with "old" Mexican.
*'''Bravo!''' is closed as of mid August. Future status unknown, 1353-A Paseo del Pueblo Sur, ''+1 575'' 758-8100, []. American food well south of downtown; too far from the Plaza to be tourist-friendly, but locals rave about the salad bar; soups are also excellent. Large beer selection, managed jointly with an on-site package store. M-Sa 11AM-8:45PM, closed Sundays.
*'''Dragonfly Cafe and Bakery''', 402 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, ''+1 575'' 737-5859, []. Eclectic menu, with a fine Saturday/Sunday brunch that would be outstanding but for the road noise (most tables are outdoors and Paseo del Pueblo is incredibly busy on weekends). If you can stand the racket, give it a try. 7AM-3PM daily; dinner (hours appear to vary) F-Su.
*<eat name="Five Star burgers" alt="" address="1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur" directions="" phone="575-758-8484" url="" hours="" price="mid range" lat="" long="">Grilled sandwiches and panninis, fresh salads, sides, desserts, beer & wine.</eat>
*'''Ginza''', 321 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, ''+1 575'' 758-7645. Chinese and Japanese, with an extensive sushi selection. Locals consider this the best of a generally mediocre bunch of Oriental restaurants. Lunch buffet M-F 11:30AM-2PM; regular menu MF 11:30AM-9PM, Sa-Su 5PM-9PM.
*'''The Gorge''' (formerly O'Gilveys) Overlooking the Plaza. Completely renovated, new management. A large dining room, a large patio with intense late afternoon sun and prime sunset dining. A moderately priced menu with quality preparation. A large bar with a good selection of wine, draft and bottled beer.
* <eat name="Guadalajara Grill" alt="" address= "1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur and 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte" directions="south and north of downtown, respectively" phone="+1 575 751-0063 and +1 575 737-0816" url="" hours="lunch and dinner seven days" price="$7-20 for dinner"> Order at the counter, which will give you an uncomfortable feeling that you're about to consume fast food, but the meal brought to your table will dispel any such concerns. Mexican/New Mexican, with some excellent seafood dishes; the ''Camaron a la Diabla'' (shrimp in a very spicy red sauce) is recommended.</eat>
*'''La Folie''', 107-B Juan Largo Lane ''(just off the Plaza)'', ''+1 575'' 751-7549, []. Relatively inexpensive, classic French cuisine, in a site shared with the chocolatier '''Xocoatl''' []. Open for all three meals (reservations recommended for dinner), hours unclear.
*'''Ogelvie's Bar and Grill'''1031 E. Plaza, --1+ 575'' 758-8866. Not a well-rated restaurant, but it does offer a fine view of the central plaza, and serves drinks.
*'''Orlando's New Mexican Cafe''', 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane, ''+1 575'' 751-1450. Lunch 10:30AM-3PM, dinner 5PM-9PM, both 7 days. Locals disagree on where in town you can get the best standard New Mexican cuisine, but this one is always in the discussion. North of the center of town, and not a convenient walk from the Plaza.
*'''Pizanos''', 23 Highway 150 ''(Taos Ski Valley Road next to KTAOS)'', ''+1 575'' 776-1050, []. Serves New York style pizza, pasta, sandwiches, appetizers, such as Blue Corn Calamari and Fish & Chips, and delicious salads. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days. Beautiful views from the patio!
Many of the better restaurants in Taos decline to give "closing" hours for dinner, opting instead to stop serving when they feel like it. Practically speaking, "closing" usually works out to something like 9PM M-Th, 9:30 or 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. If you're anticipating a late dinner, it's well good to call for information and make reservations.
*'''Doc Martin's''', 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte ''(at the Historic Taos Inn, see below)'', +1 ''505575'' 758-2233, []. Breakfast 7:30 - 11:00AM, lunch 11:30AM - 2:30PM, dinner 5:30PM - "closing." Weekend brunch 7:30AM - 2:30PM. Most dinner entrees range in price from about $20, lunch $10-15. exclusive Chef Zippy White, selections from the spectacular wine list of 400. Excellent seasonal menu additions and desserts. American cuisine with a Southwest twist; breakfasts are also creative. Renown for chile rellenos appetizer. Recently the Inn added a garden for fresh and organic ingredients. Live music in the adjacent Adobe Bar nightly.
*'''Lambert's of Taos''', 309 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, ''+1 575'' 758-1009. An old standby with mainly American cuisine. 7 days, dinner only (5:30PM until "closing," with cocktails starting at 5); reservations suggested.
*'''Stakeout Grill and Bar''', Stakeout Drive (''9 miles south of town off SR 68''), ''+1 575'' 758-2042, []. Steak and more steak, with nice views toward the Taos Gorge, particularly at sunset. 7 days, dinner only (5PM until "closing").
*'''Adobe Bar''', 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte ''(at the Historic Taos Inn, see below''), +1 ''505575'' 758-2233, ext. 191, []. Bills itself as "The Living Room of Taos," and with good reason; passersby wander into this comfortable watering hole (half in the hotel's lobby, half on the sidewalk) as though it's home away from home. Live entertainment W, Fevery evening is complimentary-Su; open mike on most Mondays. Called the "IT" place by NY Times, award-winning magarita list, award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine. Music styles include Jazz, blues, Americana, flamenco, country, pop-rock and world-beat.
*'''Alley Cantina''' (see above under "Eat") often has country/western music and dancing.
*'''Eske's Brewpub and Eatery''', 106 Des Georges Lane (just southeast of Plaza), ''+1 575'' 758-1517, []. Offers "guest beers" from other microbreweries as well as their own selection, including "Green Chile Beer". Also acceptable meals (generally "American"). Open 7 days, 11:30AM-10:30PM.
*<sleep name="Shadows" alt="" address="Paseo Del Pueblo Sur" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Great happy hour! 3-6 PM Monday through Friday</sleep>
*'''Tim's Stray Dog Cantina''', Taos Ski Valley, ''+1 575'' 776-2894, []. One of several watering holes at Taos Ski Valley, open for much of the year beyond ski season. Food is nothing to write home about, but the raucous apres-ski atmosphere persists into the rest of the year and provides a pleasant environment for relaxing after a hike into the mountains. 7 days, 11AM-9PM for lunch and dinner (Budget class); closing time for the bar seems to vary.
There are many hotels and B&Bs in this area, owing to the thriving tourist trade, and many of them are quite good yet not on this list; if you've stayed at a notable one, please add it, with comments.
*'''El Rincon Inn''', 114 Kit Carson, ''+1 575'' 613-5827 []. Rooms from $89. The original El Rincón offers three rooms, richly decorated in the Taos tradition, with no two alike. Resplendent with original fine art, Native American and Spanish Colonial antiques and artifacts. Located just 1 block from historic Taos Plaza.
*'''Don Fernando de Taos Hotel and Suites''', 1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, ''+1 800'' 759-2736, []. Rooms from $99. Comfortable "Taos-style" and convenient, with several restaurants nearby despite its location south of the main tourist areas. A minor down side: Access to some rooms can be exposed and slippery during periods of bad winter weather. Don't let that stop you from staying there, but if your mobility is impaired, tell the helpful staff when you make your reservations.
* '''(Best Western - no longer, 2012) Kachina Lodge''', 413 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, ''+1 575'' 758-2275, [], is another satisfactory hotel in the downtown area. A tip: try to avoid rooms 283 through 286, which have problems with noise from the busy road in front of the hotel; the other rooms there are considerably quieter. How many small-town roadside hotels/motor lodges have you stayed in that have a Frederic Remington statue out front? This one does.
* '''Historic Taos Inn''', 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, ''+1 888'' 518-8267, []. Rooms mostly from $120, and has occasional discounts. Features a 1950s-style neon sign out front; this is a very comfortable and nicely renovated hotel right in the middle of the tourist attractions, a great base camp for exploring the town. It has been rated in Travel America as one of the Top 10 Romantic Inns. The restaurant (Doc Martin's) and bar (Adobe Bar) are popular with visitors and locals alike.
* '''Hotel La Fonda''', 108 South Plaza Taos,, ''+1 575'' 758-2211, []. This hotel is on the plaza and has Joseph's Table on site which provides fine dining in the heart of Taos. This boutique hotel has history, art, and beautiful suites.
*'''Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza''', 233 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, ''+1 575'' 758-4293, []. Rooms from $69(off season a bit lower, peak season a bit higher). Most reasonably priced downtown hotel located just 2 blocks South of historic Taos Plaza. Best choice is deluxe single king bed room which opens to over an acre of grassy, tall treed, courtyard. Family 2 queen rooms have fresh baths, new furniture. One of few properties that offers multi night discounts and weekly rates. Complimentary continental breakfast & WIFI for Guests. All 27" TVs. Chili Line town bus stops about 100 feet from front door of Inn. Ski season shuttle stops at hotel lobby. Airport shuttles (Faust & Twin Hearts will pickup and drop off at hotel lobby. Ski shop (winters) and rafting shop (summers) on site. Flower shop and SOMOS on site.
* Lodging at Taos Ski Valley value-per-dollar is respective to the accommodation's proximity to the ski runs, but '''Alpine Village Suites''', ''+1 575'' 576-2666, [], is right at the foot of the runs, is reasonably priced, has large and comfortable rooms, and stays open in the summer -- great staff!
* '''Taos Territorial''', 114 Padre Martinez Ln,, ''+1-877-588-8267, []. ''Located just one block off the Taos Plaza, this historic compound has been elegantly and artistically restored as luxury vacation lodging in the center of town. The half-acre compound consists of the Taos Territorial, the Chicken Coop and the Historic Wagner A and Wagner B Casita's, hand painted by local legendary artist Jim Wagner. Rooms from $100''
* '''El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa''', 317 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571, ''+1 800'' 828-TAOS, [], A resort with luxurious themed suites, a spa, a restaurant & bar, meeting space, and wedding facilities.
*'''Premiere Properties''' [], offers more than 100 vacation rental properties in and around Taos, many of them are upscale, luxury homes that can sleep 10 or more guests. 1-800-987-8423 or 1-575-758-1811.
*'''Spirits of Beauty Salon''', 223 Paseo del Pueblo, ''+1 575'' 758-1178. Haircut, $32.
'''Aveda Salon Marjorie''', 237 Ledoux Street, ''+1 575'' 751-7246.
hair, manicures, pedicures, massage. [].]
==Get out==
[[Image:Taos riograndegorge.jpg|thumb|300px|The Rio Grande Gorge]]
*'''[[Carson National Forest]]''' offers all manner of hiking, backpacking and horseback riding opportunities. Three wilderness areas are within a short distance of Taos.
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