Eagle Nest

For a winter wonderland like Eagle Nest, nature is always awe-inspiring.

Even after the summer sun has cooled and the fall leaves have dropped, the forests and open spaces in and around Eagle Nest are alive with the natural movements of Northern New Mexico.

Downtown Eagle Nest photo taken morning after fresh snow. Courtesy Mary Berglund

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Questa

Known as the “Gateway to the Enchanted Circle,” Questa, New Mexico is the quintessential small town. 

Quests sits amidst nearly 500,000 acres of pristine protected lands, including the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and two designated Wilderness Areas in the Carson National Forest, the ultimate location for outdoor recreation. Courtesy photo

Less than an hour from Taos and sitting at 7,500 feet elevation, Questa is the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, which surrounds Wheeler Peak, the highest summit in the state. Questa is one in a long chain of tiny towns that popped up along the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado in the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue reading “Questa”

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is not just a historic site but home to many traditions.

Known as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, the main areas of the present Taos Pueblo were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 AD. The pueblo is designated a Unesco World Heritage Site along with other historic places like Macchu Picchu, Stonehenge, Easter Island, Rome, Venice and the Taj Mahal. It is also designated a National Historic Landmark. It is the only living Native American community to hold both designations. Some of those who call Taos Pueblo and its over 111,000 acres of land home are artisans and create beautiful things or handcraft products like soaps and home goods. 

Indian Hills drum group out of Barstow, California, pounds out a rhythm during the Grand Entry at the 2019 Taos Pueblo Powwow. Rick Romancito/Taos News

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Red River

America is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s apple pie and ball games and fireworks.

It’s nature and hot dogs and roller coasters. It’s “Main Street” and diners and playgrounds.

Courtesy Town of Red River Tourism & Economic Development Department

By any of those standards, Red River is America. Red River’s main street is evenly called, “Main Street,” and practically the entire town is on it: shops, restaurants and local businesses. Even the ski resort is a short walk from Main Street.  Continue reading “Red River”

Taos Ski Valley

“Taos is different because of our people, our varied terrain and our values. 

Which compel us to think first and foremost about our community and our environment” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley.

Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

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Arroyo Seco

More than 200 years ago

Two farmers, brothers from Rio Arriba County, found themselves searching for fertile land to the east of their home.

Cristóbal Martínez and José Gregorio Martínez searched for days before finding themselves in a rich and vibrant valley where they planted their crops before building a new home in 1806. When Cristóbal and José Gregorio dug that first hole and dropped in that first seed, the high-desert hamlet of Arroyo Seco was born. 

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Breathtaking beauty

Enjoy winter fly-fishing in Northern New Mexico. 

experience the stark, solitary beauty to being on a river in the winter. 

By Tamra Testerman 

The bigger animals native to our region are mostly in hibernation, most of the birds have migrated to warmer climes, there are fewer people on the roads and in the woods, and there is a breathtaking stillness not found any other time of year.

Courtesy of Blue Yonder Fly-fishing

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Don’t like skiing?

Here are five great alternatives to enjoy some winter adventure

By Ellen Miller-Goins

No doubt sitting by a crackling fire under a warm blanket is wonderful but if you choose this option, you are missing out on a truth: being outdoors in Northern New Mexico during the winter is magical, beautiful, exhilarating and … fun! 

If you consider skiing or snow

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Happy glamping

“Glamping” (glamorous camping)

By Ellen Miller-Goins 

Camping in a lavishly appointed tent dates back at least to the 16th Century. Today, “glamping” can range from 5-star resorts to comfortable but rustic accommodations that are, at the very least, a step up from sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin wall of nylon between you and the elements.

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Be a cowboy again

Were you still playing cowboy in the backyard long after other kids had abandoned their six-shooters in favor of light sabers?

By Ellen Miller-Goins

You are in luck. You’ve come home. Northern New Mexico is home to many working ranches, and also features opportunities for playing cowboy on horseback — even in winter.

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Winter hikes

With over 300 days of sunshine a year 

Hiking is possible in and around Taos throughout the winter. Here are the top trails in and around the Enchanted Circle.

By cindy brown 

Being in nature on a brisk day with the sun sparkling on fresh snowfall is good for the body and soul. Winter hiking requires a bit more gear, but with a little planning you can have a pleasant and safe trail experience. At lower elevations trails may be clear of snow, while those at higher elevations are likely to have snowier conditions. Be sure to check weather forecasts and consult local outfitters and other local resources as you plan your hike. 

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Best breakfast burrito

Taoseños are serious about their breakfast burritos.

Whether it’s handheld or smothered with chile and cheese, a great breakfast burrito is more than the sum of its parts.

By David Lerner

Like all simple, regional dishes, the classic New Mexican breakfast burrito is only as good as the treatment of each ingredient. Scrambled eggs must be creamy with pillowy curds – pallid, overcooked eggs are a strict deal breaker. Diced or shredded potatoes should be properly browned and seasoned. A smattering of green chile is essential, and sautéed onion is a nice touch.

Mary Jane’s is an unpretentious food truck serving hearty breakfast burritos until 11a.m., Monday – Friday. If you eat meat, their chorizo add-on gets raves from locals.

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Hot drinks at home

Winter whether

It is a holiday celebration or a gathering after a day of skiing, there is nothing quite as lovely as sitting by a fire and sipping something delicious.

By Lucy Herrman

If the restaurants and cantinas are all closed or you’re snowed in or too tired to leave the casa, here’s an opportunity to be your own bartender. And while the usual suspects, like spiked eggnog and mulled wine, are always nice, it’s fun to serve up a tasty new treat.

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Warm up for winter

Hot beverage production can be an afterthought in the land where margaritas reign supreme…

By Jeans Pineda

Ordering that innocent cup of rooibos at a bustling bar top is more like throwing a monkey wrench through a couple bottles of Cointreau. If the bar showcases their glassware in overhead racks, you’ll see that margarita coupes outnumber insulated mugs in a ratio of roughly 35,000 to 1. 

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Green chile stew

Buen provecho!

By Lucy Herrman

Here in Taos, we pride ourselves on our chile. We love it mild. We love it hot. We love it red. We love it green. And one of the tastiest and spiciest local dishes is Green Chile Stew. Perfect for those cold evenings this time of year. It is easy to make and a dream to come home to after a day enjoying all the outdoor activities Taos has to offer.

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Place de résistance

Just a few steps away from the slopes.

The Blake Hotel is a place where skiers can relax after a long day in the snow.

This luxurious alpine hotel features 80 rooms, a spa and wellness center, pool and fitness center, a restaurant and tapas bar that is currently closed (at press time), a ski valet in the winter, art installations and Hausmeisters who are there to meet all of the guests’ needs. 

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