Winter in Taos
Many beautifully scribed words have been crafted to describe winter in Taos — a season where everything remains a potent energy, even the sun. But maybe Taos legend Mabel Dodge Luhan wrote it best: “I found out that the sunshine in New Mexico could do almost anything with one: make one well if one felt ill, or change a dark mood and lighten it. It entered into one’s deepest places and melted the thick, slow densities. It made one feel good. That is, alive.”
Couple that sentiment with the rush of downhill skiing atop world-class slopes, a mind-clearing snowshoe hike, an abundance of eye-opening art, cuisine to die for, a vibrant music scene, charm-filled Northern New Mexico towns with no shortage of events and nonintrusive locals, and you’ve got a true winter wonderland. The winter blues don’t infiltrate Taos’ vibe. And let’s not forget the magic.
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains that hug Taos and the adjacent Moreno Valley add to the area’s mystique, especially in winter. Taos Mountain is the most sacred and identifiable peak in Taos with its straightforward tree line giving way and exposing its barren pinnacle. It stands in a steadfast calm behind Taos Pueblo and can be seen from everywhere in town. Many say all life comes from it and many also say it decides whether to accept you or not. Whatever Taos Mountain decides, it’s majestic, unchanged beauty and peace draws many a seeker and adventurer.
But no matter how you were called to Taos this winter, the mountain embraces all who visit. All it asks in return is that you respond in kind.
— Scott Gerdes, special sections editor