All About Taos, NM
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ALL ABOUT TRAVELING TO TAOS  

A MAGICAL LANDSCAPE
Taos casts an enchanting spell on all who visit. Set on a high, rolling mesa at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it's a place of magical light cast upon spectacular vistas, where the expansive high desert palette changes almost hourly as the sun traverses daily across the sky. Historic adobe constructed buildings ... some of them centuries old ... lie nestled amidst pine trees and cedar scrub in the silent shadow of unmovable Taos Mountain. In the winter, the smell of pinon wood smoke rises from the valley and in spring and summer, the scents changes to fragrant sage.

THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO TAOS
The cool, dry climate of Taos is an enticing lure in summer, as is the world class skiing in Taos Ski Valley in winter. Christmas is a transfixing time to be in Northern New Mexico because of annual Native American ceremonies as well as the Hispanic religious folk plays, special ethnic foods, and musical events and theater. Taos is most festive at this time, with incense and pinon smoke sweetening the air and the darkness of winter illuminated by thousands of farolitos: these glowing paper-bag lanterns line walkways, doorways, rooftops, and walls. With glowing lights reflected on the snow, Taos truly is never more beautiful.

Most ceremonial dances at the Taos Pueblo occur in summer, early fall, and at Christmas and Easter. Other major events�including the Balloon Festival are geared to the heavy tourist season of July and August. Hotel rates are generally highest during the peak summer season but fluctuate less than those in most major resort areas. If you plan to come in summer, be sure to make reservations in advance. You can avoid the heaviest crowds by coming in spring or fall.

TAOS CUISINE
Taos is a great place for New Mexican fare, carefully prepared with locally grown chiles and homemade tortillas, but the town also draws raves for outstanding contemporary restaurants with award-winning wine lists. The many New Agers and transplants who live in and frequent the area mean that fresh organic and vegetarian dishes abound just about everywhere. Pan-Asian and Middle Eastern flavors are also influences in the increasingly sophisticated cuisines finding their way to this small town with a big dining attitude.

OUTDOORS TAOS!
The expansive landscape which surrounds Taos draws both serious athletes and those who just want to wander beneath endless skies and gaze timelessly at the mountains which wrap the town on the North and Eat. Cycling is popular as ever with rallies and races held regularly in late summer. The Carson National Forest is an excellent destination for most any outdoor activities as well and the area's rivers and lakes are excellent for trout fishing. There are many local expert fishing guides with whom you can arrange guided expeditions. The waters are also an irresistible lure for river rafters, especially when spring runoff fills the rivers with rushing, white-capping white water. There are almost limitless trails for hiking for all levels of fitness. Take a trek into alpine reaches and down into rocky gorges that envelope the Taos River. If you're feeling really adventurous, after a thrill or something completely different, try a hot-air balloon ride into the Rio Grande Gorge or llama trekking into the Taos wilderness. And of course winter brings skiers from all over to the world-class slopes of Taos Ski Valley and other nearby resorts around the Enchanted Circle to the North which includes Angel Fire, Red River, Eagles Nest and Questa.


Taos Casino is open daily.

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SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY - 8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY - 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM


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