Questa

Remote, beautiful and artistic

Questa is a small village north of Taos, along the Enchanted Circle, tucked just east of the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and west of the Carson National Forest. At an elevation of 7,461 feet, this former mining town offers some of the most dramatic hiking trails and stunning campsites in Northern New Mexico.

Eagle Rock Lake. Questa tourism courtesy photo/Tommy Lyles

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Eagle Nest

So-called, ‘last best place in the Rockies!’

You want nature? Spiritual uplifts, ancient wonders and landscape bliss? Eagle Nest has it all. This is where the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains of the Southwest. This, too, is where echoes of gunslinging, gold mining and great grand herds of bison ricochet off canyon walls. 

Courtesy Eagle Nest Chamber

For real, though, you’ll find buffalo, pronghorn, deer and elk, alpine tundra, extinct volcanoes and fishing! At press time, coronavirus safety practices and fire restrictions are still in place for national and state parks, with a soft reopening for dine-in restaurants. Continue reading “Eagle Nest”

Angel Fire

Soul soaring spectacles

Angel Fire is cool, comfortable, even tranquil in the summer, but opportunities for fun are plentiful with top-rated golf, scenic chairlift rides, birding, hiking, horseback rides, ATV tours, horseshoes, basketball, swimming, miniature golf, disc golf, playgrounds and picnic areas, plus paddleboats, rowboats and fishing at Monte Verde Lake, sightseeing at nearby ghost towns and so much more.

Courtesy Angel Fire Resort

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Red River

Where something’s always happening

Red River is a small town with a big impact along the Enchanted Circle, with more than its fair share of thrills, great food and fun events. COVID-Safe Practices are in place, but everyone is being kind, careful and friendly – as usual. Summer time in Red River is a magnet for folks looking to cool off, and visitors from all over Taos and the U.S. love this high-altitude village. Just walking the shop-lined streets can fill up a day. Continue reading “Red River”

Taos Ski Valley

Summer is bigger here! Year round, head to TSV for all-season fun. Since Taos Ski Valley is now a four-season destination, there’s an abundance of activities for the entire family year-round.

Granted, pandemic restrictions are lingering, but the mountain is open for visitors and family fun, just with COVID-Safe Practices and large gathering restrictions in place at press time, but perhaps opened up as the season progresses. From activities that work up your appetite to delicious dining options to nip that appetite in the bud, Taos Ski Valley has a little bit of something for every mood. Continue reading “Taos Ski Valley”

Arroyo Seco

A good thing in a small package

Courtesy SecoLive.org

This picturesque Village of Arroyo Seco located on State Road 150 on the way to Taos Ski Valley always offers down-home community and friendliness, and great gatherings, once pandemic lockdowns are over. Then, the foothills will once again boom with the global sounds of Seco Live and Roots & Wings presenting Celebrate Seco, a spate of free summer shows in the heart of town outdoors. Free. For updates on scheduled events, visit secolive.org. Continue reading “Arroyo Seco”

Taos Pueblo

Historically on par with Taj Mahal, Great Pyramids and the Grand Canyon

BY RICK ROMANCITO

People have said that stepping into the plaza at Taos Pueblo is like venturing back in time. The surroundings certainly suggest that: Multi-storied adobe structures, bread-baking hornos underneath wood drying racks and the imposing presence of Pueblo Peak forming an unmatched scenic backdrop. But, this is only part of the story.

Taos Pueblo dawn, January 2010. Photo by Rick Romancito/Taos News

Taos Pueblo remains a proud and thriving Native American community. Ancient as it is, the village has withstood colonial invasions, violent revolts and even the seizure of its most important religious site. It has remained strong, even today, due to its adherence to venerated spiritual practices, cultural traditions and a language not openly taught to outsiders. These are a people for whom identity is paramount, yet humble as the aspen leaves shimmering in a mountain meadow. Continue reading “Taos Pueblo”

Dog Gone Park

Angel Fire has dogs. Lots of dogs. Lots of rescue dogs. But no dog park.

by Jacqui Binford-Bell

No fenced backyards. Dog exercise, socialization and human activities were centered around trekking with your dog and your friends and their dogs on the miles of green belts and  trails in the resort area. When the pandemic locked down the humans it also locked down the dogs. Suspension of human interaction meant suspension of canine socialization. Continue reading “Dog Gone Park”

Rocky Mountain Highs

As the summer heat approaches, many folks opt for cooler climes and there are none so sweet as those found in the Rockies. 

By Lily Sanborn and Virginia Clark

The Enchanted Circle’s Chambers of Commerce are on top of everything, planning for every eventuality, now and in the future, so visitors are welcome whenever state ratings allow.

The breathtaking scenes “will be here to greet and comfort you – as they hav been for centuries of people before us” says the Village of Taos Ski Valley website. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain Highs”

Enjoy Taos Mountains

Forest restoration protects and enhances outdoor activities

story and photos By j.r. logan

The forests and rivers along the west slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range have long been a haven for those looking to escape to the outdoors.

Whether to hunt, fish, camp, ski, raft, hike or bike, these mountains hold something for almost everyone. And there’s a lot of folks working together in and around Taos to make sure these forests are around for future generations to enjoy as well. Continue reading “Enjoy Taos Mountains”

Books and Play

Books and play this summer with Twirl!

By amber thomas

Twirl is a play and discovery space located in Taos, New Mexico, and has a reputation for being a fun place to bring children.

But many don’t realize Twirl spends a majority of its time these days delivering fun interactive learning activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through community collaborations, in-school programs, and organization partnerships throughout Taos County at no cost to them.

Amber Thomas, Twirl instructor, leads the Word Play Program at Twirl. Courtesy Twirl Play & Discovery Place

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Rad Rivers

River rafting is a great way to get outdoors and experience the unique beauty of the Río Grande and other rivers.

By Cindy Brown

Taos rafting outfitters are looking forward to a spectacular season. With all the learning from last year about how to keep people COVID-safe, the outfitters are welcoming guests to a new season of fun on the river.

Rafters arrive at Souse Hole on the Río Grande. Taos News file photo

The raft trips vary from calm to thrilling depending on the difficulty of the rapids, but all trips feature the magic of being on the river and sights that might include ancient petroglyphs, otters, ducks, eagles and big horn sheep. River rafting is a great way to really experience the beauty of river life with its adventure and surprises.

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Heavenly Hikes

Taos’ trails less traveled

By Haven Lindsey

The majesty of the Sangre de Cristo mountains appeals to every type of hiker and outdoor enthusiast. New Mexico ranks sixth in the nation for the availability of public lands and Taos County offers a wide range of terrain.

Hikers and backpackers can climb from high desert to stately alpine mountains with their vast meadows and craggy, rock-strewn peaks. Most trails aren’t ‘seasonal’ in Taos County, so hikers and backpackers enjoy the trails year-round. Continue reading “Heavenly Hikes”

Fab Feats

Taos offers an amazing array of heartfelt and literally uplifting events along the Enchanted Circle. Be sure to check out our highs and skies, like llama trekking and hot air ballooning.

By Lily Sanborn and Virginia Clark

Taos offers an amazing array of heartfelt and literally uplifting events along the Enchanted Circle. Be sure to check out our highs and skies, like llama trekking and hot air ballooning!

Native to the high Andes, llamas are right at home in the alpine splendor of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Courtesy Wild Earth Llama Adventures

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Get Outside, Catch a Fish

It’s not hard to catch a fish. Bait a hook or cast a fly or spinner and if something is downstream watching the flow it’s probably going to bite if the thing looks interesting enough to eat.

By Rick Romancito

But, that’s the simple part. What isn’t is less easy to describe and even harder to admit for some fisherfolk. Continue reading “Get Outside, Catch a Fish”

Horsing Around

Summer sunsets stun and beckon us to enjoy, and one of the best ways to enjoy them is on the back of a horse. Escape to the mountains or the trails of Taos with a furry friend on an adventure for riders of every experience.

By Lily Sanborn and Virginia Clark

Ride through La Lama Hills and the Sangre de Cristo mountains on one-hour, slow-paced trails, or wander through the piñon and juniper forest along the gentle slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. Continue reading “Horsing Around”

Vroom VROOM!

39th Memorial Day motorcycle rally in Red River is on ! Because Red River was forced to cancel its annual motorcycle rally in 2020, the town plans to celebrate twice as hard this year, according to April Ralph, Red River’s director of tourism.

Hundreds of bikers and visitors attend the Memorial Day Weekend celebrations in Red River, taking place this year Thursday-Monday (May 27-31). Courtesy Town of Red River

“The 39th Annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally will transpire from Thursday through Monday, May 27 to May 31, 2021,” Ralph said, noting too, “Red River will be following all COVID-19 safety policies and procedures that are in effect from the state of New Mexico at the time of the event.” Continue reading “Vroom VROOM!”

Rockin’ the Rockies

The word is out — summers in Taos rival its renowned winter ski season for outdoor adventure.

By jay foley

Taos County has miles of scenic river runs, cool hiking and biking trails, and stunning rock-climbing cliffs of all shapes and sizes. There is enough varied terrain surrounding Taos to keep beginners or expert outdoor enthusiasts satisfied for a lifetime.

Mountain Skills rock climbing guide Jay Foley in the Río Grande. Courtesy Kevin Rebholtz
Gorge.

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Margarita Madness

Sumptuous sipping, Taos-style

By Dena Miller

As one of the most popular – if not the most popular – cocktail on the planet, few adult beverages have the fan club the margarita has (cue: Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville”). The irresistible yet simple concoction of tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice seems synonymous with sultry summer days and crisp autumn evenings, because, why not?   

The Gorge
Margaritas, a sweet pink prickly pear with lime wedge. and a tart grapefruit marg with jalapeño and grapefruit twists, both at the Gorge Bar & Grill on Taos Plaza. Morgan Timms/Taos News

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Still and Hills

Brews and views!

By Dena Miller

‘Taos Lightning’ is an Old West spirit brand with as colorful a back story as one would expect from this neck of the woods. Originally distilled by Simeon Turley of Arroyo Hondo in the 1820s, it was a concoction of raw wheat grain alcohol, river water and other “proprietary” ingredients like chewing tobacco (!).

Medley, at 100 NM-150 in El Prado, offers a Sazerac containing Taos Lightning, Pernod Absinthe, sugar water, orange bitters, orange slices and mint leaves. Photo: Morgan Timms

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