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Taos Day Trip Guide

Taos is only an hour and thirty-five minute scenic drive from Santa Fe. Our guide gets your visit off to a great start. Take a day, spend the night, and enjoy exploring the unique beauty, history and culture of the area, including Taos Pueblo, restaurants, galleries and more.

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High Road Artisans

Take the High Road and explore the art, culture and natural beauty along this scenic route to Taos. A river of art courses through this back-country between Santa Fe and Taos. Stop and shop at studios of acclaimed weavers, tin-smiths, carvers, potters, painters, and more. Draw inspiration from the hundreds of artists, high desert, mountains, forests, small farms, and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages. Also, don't forget to visit us during our special Annual Art Tour during the last 2 weekends of September, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Read my blog post about The High Road to Taos.

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Black Mesa Winery Taos Tasting Room

We're just west of the historic Taos Plaza. Join us for tastings of our award-winning wines, and enjoy small plates with artisan cheese and gluten-free crackers. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, we celebrate happy hour from 4-6 pm and feature free live music from 6-9 pm. Click the website link for our schedule of upcoming music performances and other fun events. Pets are always welcome on our shady patio. Tastings are $7 pp and you keep your signature Black Mesa wine glass.

REMEMBER TO MENTION SANTA FE SELECTION when you stop by.

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John Dunn House Shops

20 unique, independently and locally owned shops, galleries and eateries line a beautiful pedestrian walkway linking Bent Street and the historic Taos Plaza. There's something for everyone from handmade folk art, jewelry, and fiber crafts to fashions, galleries, restaurants and more. The John Dunn House, on the National Historic Register, was the home of one of Taos' most colorful characters. Stroll in John Dunn's garden, visit with locals and shopkeepers, sit by the shaded fountain, listen to local musicians and meet local artists. 

All day free parking is available directly across Placitas Road. Come spend a day in the heart of historic Taos.

MENTION SANTA FE SELECTION WHEN YOU STOP IN OUR SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS!

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Wild Earth - Llama Adventures

From March through October - A wonderful, unique outdoors experience! Explore the High Desert and Southern Rocky Mountains near Taos and Santa Fe. Gentle, sure-footed llamas carry the gear, leaving you free to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of New Mexico’s pristine wilderness. Learn about local ecology, native flora/fauna, and edible/medicinal plants with a Naturalist Guide. "Take a Llama to Lunch!" Day Hikes, Multi-Day Wilderness Adventures, Custom Wilderness Events, Backcountry Gourmet Meals. All ages and fitness levels welcome.

We meet at various Wilderness Trailhead locations throughout the region. Directions are sent to you, once reservations are made. Come join us!

Website: http://www.llamaadventures.com/

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Chimayo Trading Del Norte

Visit our gallery in Ranchos de Taos, one of the oldest Taos settlements. Located in the shadow of the world famous church of St. Francis de Asis, Chimayo Trading Del Norte is where history meets art in northern New Mexico. Specializing in Native American art, Pueblo pottery, Mata Ortiz pottery, Navajo rugs and fine art. We represent the best contemporary artists and historical classics. We are a family owned and operated gallery with four generations in the Native American and Fine Art business, offering exceptional quality, knowledgeable service and great prices.

Website: http://www.chimayotrading.com

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The Blumenschein Museum

Discover the fascinating story of how, in 1898, a fortuitous accident involving young American artists Ernest L. Blumenschein and Bert G. Phillips resulted in Taos becoming a great American art colony. This National Historic Landmark beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the 20th century, and the great experiment in American art that resulted in the founding of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915.

Website: http://taoshistoricmuseums.org/

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La Hacienda de los Martinez

This is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Its twenty-one rooms surrounding two courtyards provide the visitor with a rare glimpse of the rugged frontier life and times of the early 1800s. Additionally, regularly scheduled demonstrations present the continuing traditions of northern New Mexico.

Website: http://taoshistoricmuseums.org/

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Sagebrush Inn - Taos

Discover Taos, New Mexico and experience the historic Sagebrush Inn & Suites. Easy access to Taos Plaza, Taos Ski Valley and Taos Pueblo. First opened in 1931, to cater to guests traveling by carriage along the trade route between New York and Arizona. Today, the newly restored Sagebrush Inn & Suites offers 156 rooms and suites filled with authentic Southwest charm and modern comforts and conveniences to accommodate the contemporary traveler. 

Every stay includes our signature deluxe breakfast buffet. Free parking. We are pet friendly. CLICK THE DIRECT LINK TO BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE. MENTION PROMO CODE "SELECT" IF YOU CALL.

 
 

Website: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=44982&Chain=8517

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Old Taos Guesthouse Bed & Breakfast Inn

Stay in authentic historical Taoseños style. Built over 200 years ago, and nestled amid a grove of stately old cottonwoods and spruce on 7.5 acres, our hacienda style inn began as an adobe farmhouse. Over the centuries it has gathered a rich and colorful history and has grown to become the ideal retreat, just 1.5 miles from historic downtown Taos. MENTION SANTA FE SELECTION WHEN YOU CALL.

Website: http://oldtaos.com/

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Taos Pueblo

(OPEN WITH USUAL HOURS AS OF MARCH 25TH, 2017). Check their website for any unexpected closures that may occur (click link below).Taos Pueblo is the northernmost of the nineteen New Mexico Pueblos and a must-see for visitors to Northern New Mexico. It is generally open to visitors daily from 8.30am to 4:30pm, except when tribal rituals require closing the Pueblo. Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages. We welcome visitors, we ask that you respect the pueblo rules and guidelines.  We recommend you check their website for any unexpected closures before making the journey.

Read my blog post about Taos Pueblo.

Website: http://taospueblo.com/events/

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Millicent Rogers Museum

Established as a memorial to Millicent Rogers whose collections form the core of its holdings, the museum houses many outstanding historical collections of Native American art, jewelry, paintings, weavings and pottery. And the Museum's superb setting, with spectacular views of the many hued Sangre de Cristo Mountains, its gracious adobe architecture, adds to the pleasure of visiting this jewel of the high desert terrain and the legacy of Millicent Rogers.

 

Website: http://www.millicentrogers.org

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Taos Snowshoe Adventures

From November through March, join Taos Snowshoe Adventures for an unforgettable winter journey into New Mexico's pristine wilderness around Angle Fire and Taos. Awesome winter adventures from beginner to advanced. Learn about local ecology and natural history from our knowledgeable guides. Snowshoes, poles, hot beverages and snacks included.

Website: http://www.snowshoetaos.com/

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The Historic Taos Inn

Step into the Taos Inn and step into Taos history. Acclaimed by National Geographic Traveler as "One of America's Great Inns," the Taos Inn is legendary! Welcoming guests since 1936, this historic landmark in the heart of Taos is founded on a legacy of excellence. Experience Southwestern charm and history in this quintessential New Mexico inn. And don't miss free live music every night at the famous Adobe Bar, named "The social center of Taos" by Travel & Leisure.

Website: http://taosinn.com/index.html

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Doc Martin's Restaurant

A Taos tradition, Doc Martin's has earned multiple awards for fabulous Regional New American fare. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, fresh foods sourced from local farms with a splash of the southwest! Try our signature dish, Doc's Chile rellenos, and our selection of sumptuous desserts. Our world class wine list has earned Wine Spectator's "Best Of" Award of Excellence for over 20 years. 

Website: http://taosinn.com/restaurant.html

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Downtown Taos and Greater Taos Area Maps

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Use our color-coded maps of the Greater Taos Area, which includes the Scenic High Road to Taos, Taos Pueblo, the Enchanted Circle, and Taos Historic Downtown. Download these to your mobile device or print them out and you'll have easy offline access to information on points of interest, hiking trails, camp sites and downtown parking areas.