The most-asked questions about Taos
Compiled by Susan Cady, Taos County Chamber of Commerce executive director
The Town of Taos Visitor Center Staff and the Taos County Chamber of Commerce get questions from visitors every day. Most include questions about where to stay and where to eat, here are some of the most frequently asked questions you might not expect:
1. “Will it snow on Christmas?”
That is tough to answer in August! We usually say there will be good snow for skiing and sledding on the winter slopes.
2. “What day do the trees change color?”
Last two weeks of September until first two weeks of October you will be able to see spectacular fall colors somewhere around the Enchanted Circle.
3. “What is the Enchanted Circle?”
An 87-mile loop around the highest peak in New Mexico. It connects the Northern New Mexico communities of Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River and Questa.
4. “How can I get to Taos Ski Valley from the airport?”
The Taos Ski Valley runs a shuttle from the Albuquerque Sunport with a stop at the Santa Fe Airport and then stops as needed in Taos and up to the Taos Ski Valley.
5. “What is there to do in Taos?”
It is now that we ask how much time you have, what you are interested in and do you have any physical restrictions. We tell visitors about the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo and always encourage that a visit here should include a visit to the Pueblo. We offer a long list of outdoor adventures that include hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, llama trekking and more. We offer long lists of galleries, museums, art classes, cooking classes and shopping. Visit the Earthships and Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, enjoy live music, wide variety of delicious food prepared by local chefs, local breweries and wineries. Winter downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, ice skating are all available until spring.
6. “What is there for kids to do?”
We tell families about the Taos Youth & Family Center with the pool, ice skating and skateboarding. Our local discovery space is Taos Twirl with its educational toys and a great outdoor play area. We tell them to visit the local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory after family hikes on some of the easier trails and during the summer, zip lines and chair-lift rides offered by summer and ski areas around the Enchanted Circle.
7. “Where are the ruins?”
Uh, we don’t have any ruins nearby but, there is the Taos Pueblo, a living world heritage site that has been continuously occupied for more than 1,000 years.
8. “How high do you have to be to see the deer turn into elk?”
Um, did you come in from Colorado? Elk and deer are different animals and both can be seen at all elevations.
Whispering, “Where do the locals go eat?”
We share about all the restaurants locations and their specialties.
9. “Can we drive up to Wheeler Peak?”
No, but you can hike up Wheeler Peak.
10. “Is this the Visitor Center? It looks like a gallery!”
The town of Taos Visitor Center is a venue for local artists to sell their work and has a great selection of Taos gear for gifts. Another fantastic aspect of the Taos Visitor Center is the Carson National Forest room with maps and directions for all the hiking trails in the area. The staff at the Taos Visitor Center has a combined 83 years of service to the visitors of Taos — they know it because they have seen it all and done it all. The Taos Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 1139 Paseo del Pueblo Sur at the Paseo del Cañon intersection. (575) 751-8800, taoschamber.com