Retail resurgence

‘Taos Ski Valley’s renaissance

has delivered modern and thoughtful upgrades while retaining the area’s character and soul, and businesses.  like Cid’s and others reflect that ethos because they are locally owned, original and will be integrated into the community,’ said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley. 

Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

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Local shopping guide

Taos has the best places to find gifts for any person or occasion

By Celesa Lucien

If you have a busy schedule to include all the scenic and museum destinations of Taos, you will want to hit the best shops guaranteed to complete your shopping list. For items you may have forgotten or for things you did not expect to need or for loved ones that remained at home, here is a “get it or bust” list.

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Gaze ‘Through the Eyes of Fechin’

The home of a renaissance man

By Tamra Testerman

After an invigorating morning on the slopes of the Taos Ski Valley, or a high alpine hike, the day may call for some indoor culture, and good local food conveniently close to your destination. Taos is home to many galleries, museums and historic sites, all within an easy drive from the center of town. 

A favorite for visitors from around the world is Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte. The Fechin House, built by Russian artist Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) is said to be his love for his family made manifest in art. The 4,000 square-foot, asymmetrical adobe Pueblo and Mission Revival house, with 24-inch walls, is a breathtaking example of Southwest architecture and is an epochal landmark in the architectural landscape of Taos. Fechin’s mastery of metalwork, sculpture, wood carving, painting and drawing is never more clear than in the house that Fechin built.

The current exhibition, “Through the Eyes of Fechin” features paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs from private collections not exhibited before in the same space.

Courtesy Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

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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

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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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