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Taos, New Mexico

Looking for excitement and fun in Taos, New Mexico? Visit one of the best ski schools in the country and hit the slopes at Taos Ski Area, explore the wonder of Taos Pueblo or take in the scenery of the Rio Grande Gorge. Discover the many more attractions the area offers.

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Taos, New Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southwest United States. Taos' popularity can be attributed to its many skiing areas, dining choices, and historical attractions. With so much to look forward to, anyone who visits is sure to have a great time at one of our Taos hotels.

The Taos area has also proven popular with celebrities looking to unwind from the limelight. Val Kilmer, Julia Roberts, and even Donald Rumsfield have taken residence in this town. You don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy the offerings of Taos.

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Historic Taos Cemetery

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Taos, New Mexico Attractions:

Taos Ski Areas - The most popular activity in the Taos, New Mexico area is snow play. Taos, New Mexico is within a one to two hour's drive from several skiing and snowboarding locales. Several of the resorts include Angel Fire resort to the east, Sipapu to the south, and farther south the Santa Fe Ski Area. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, other snow activities such as snowmobiling, sledding and snow shoeing are allowed as well.

The closest slopes are located only 20 miles from the city in the Taos Ski Valley. Enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, Taos Ski Valley is rated 51% expert and is home to the one of the best ski schools in the country.

Taos Art Museum - The Taos Art Museum is dedicated to artwork of the 20th century. One of most important sections of the museum is the collection of paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists. As a result of the acclaim these artists and their associates achieved, many more artists migrated to Taos, continuing a tradition of creativity into the twenty-first century.

The Harwood Museum - The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico preserves collects and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - A short drive north and west of Taos this bridge is a unique area attraction to see. The bridge sits 650 ft above and 1200 ft across the Rio Grande Gorge. Visitors will often feel the bridge move slightly in high winds and vibrate as traffic passes over. Walking across from either end you will get great photos from both sides. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge has been used in several films such as Natural Born Killers and Twins.

Taos Pueblo - This Native American community is uniquely designated both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Visitors to the Taos Pueblo are encouraged to speak to the residents about their families, education and interests.

Where to eat in Taos, New Mexico:

Orlando's New Mexican Café - Orlando's serves food that is home style & hot typical of the New Mexico style of cuisine. Blue corn enchiladas and carne adovada are among the specialties and some of other menu offerings (all under $10) are "Los Colores", which is 3 rolled blue corn enchiladas and "Los Primos", which is Pork tamale and a chile relleno. You can top off your meal with some great pies and other baked goods for dessert.

Graham's Grille - Graham's Grille is an extremely popular restaurant located in near the plaza in downtown Taos. Serving Southwestern and American style food, Grahams is well known among the locals and repeat visitors. It is strongly advised that travelers make advance reservations. Some of the more popular dishes are the Caesar Salad, pork chop with apple reduction, and the big burger.

El Meze - Specializing in Mediterranean inspired dishes-El Meze has a different flavor than most Taos area restaurants. Menu choices include the fried olives stuffed with bleu cheese, buffalo short ribs, lamb chops, and grilled trout just to name a few. Guests can order the traditional multi-course dinner, or graze "tapas style". El Meze is located in one of Taos' oldest haciendas featuring artwork by some of Taos' best artists.

Where to go out in Taos, New Mexico:

Adobe Bar - The Adobe Bar is known as the "living room" of Taos because almost everyone who either lives in or visits Taos eventually passes through it. The Adobe Bar features a relaxed atmosphere and great eclectic music on most nights.

Eske's Brew Pub - Eske's has a large outdoor courtyard and is a fun place to have a beer and features some of the best live music throughout the year. Eske's is a favorite venue for many local artists, and is a popular stop for touring artists from around the country.

The Old Blinking Light - Texas Two step dancing and country music are the highlights of this establishment. The Old Blinking Light has an indoor dance floor for the winter, and an outdoor covered dance floor for summer patio dining.

Storyteller Movie Theatre - For those who want to take it easy in Taos, the Storyteller Movie theatre features six screens it is the only venue for first run films in town.

Where to Shop in Taos, New Mexico:

Lumina Contemporary Art - This art gallery is just a bit North of Taos (about 8 minutes) and resides outside the village of Arroyo Seco. The Lumina Contemporary Art gallery offers a quiet museum-quality experience.

Moby Dickens Book Shop - Moby Dickens is one of Taos' best book stores. This book store features unique and comfy places to sit and read. Visitors can expect to find children's books, Southwest and Native American literature, as well as rare and out of print books.

El Rincon Trading Post - El Rincon Trading Post is a great place to find turquoise jewelry, whether you're looking for contemporary or antique. Located in the back of the store is a Native American Museum.

Taos, New Mexico is a beautiful and historic city that features attractions that are both historically significant and entertaining. The Taos area features great skiing, shopping, wonderful dining, and exciting night spots that will please any traveler.

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