1. THE MILE HIGH CITY, Denver (5,130 – 5,690 ft.), has nothing on New Mexico, as Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level, making it the nation’s highest capital.
2. SOME OF THE LIVABLE buildings in Taos Pueblo are more than 900 years old, one of the oldest continuously inhabited areas of America.
3. SMOKEY BEAR is a New Mexico original.
4. ALTHOUGH TOTALS VARY from year to year, from November to March the annual snowfall in the town of Taos averages 32 inches, compared to about 150 inches in Taos Ski Valley. The average high during those months is 46 degrees. The average low is 18.
5. MOST DAYS OF SNOWFALL in Taos leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground. For three or four days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals three inches or more.
6. THE NAME TAOS is an adaptation of têotho, “in the village,” or têobo, “to or toward the village,” the usual references in the Taos language (Tiwa) to the Pueblo. The “s” was the Spanish plural ending. The word “Taos” means “Red Willow People” in the Tiwa language.
7. IT IS BELIEVED that the ancestors of Taos and other Eastern Pueblo groups moved into the Río Grande area from the north and west, possibly from the Anasazi region of the Four Corners beginning in the 1100s.
8. TRADITIONAL TAOSENOS were agriculturalists, depending primarily on maize, beans and squash.
9. INA TOP-SECRET spruce tree in Taos Ski Valley there is a lockbox attached to its trunk. Inside the lockbox is a pouron — a glass pitcher with a long, fragile spout — filled with gin martinis. Taos Ski Valley founder Ernie Blake started the martini tree tradition back in the 1960s, hiding pitchers in the trees for himself and his friends. He was also known to offer a sip to the occasional ski school student who was too nervous to make it down the mountain without a little liquid courage.
10. PLUTO was discovered by New Mexican Clyde Tombaugh.