Snow Voyagers

Whether you’ve lived in Taos your whole life or you have just arrived, the vast landscape of Taos County will always have something to satisfy your outdoor desires.

Story & Photos by Jay Foley

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End of an Era

Taos Ski Valley ski instructor Bernard ‘Dadou’ Mayer remembered

By Geoffrey Plant 

Legendary Taos Ski Valley ski instructor Bernard “Dadou” Mayer died in August, 2022. He was 82. Mayer followed his brother, Jean Mayer, another lareger-than-life denizen of the slopes, from the French Alps to the United States in order to take a job at the Taos Ski Valley in 1958. Jean Mayer, who with the help of his family and several other early ski valley legends, built the Hotel St. Bernard and was the technical director of the Taos Ski School, died in October 2020.

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Grande Rio

The Rio Grande is the quintessential fly-fishing experience in Northern New Mexico

By Tamra Testerman

Washing down a sandwich with a cold beer on the tailgate of his truck gazing at the Milky Way slung low above the craggy canyons carved from the volcanic rock of the Taos Pueblo — the sound of a steady river below snaking its way to the Gulf of Mexico — Taos local John Nichols, author of “The Milagro Beanfield War” and 18 other books, describes the conclusion of a perfect day fly-fishing on the Rio Grande. 

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Ski Central

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By Cindy Brown & Photos By MIke Hawkins

Welcome to skiing in paradise. Around the Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico, you’ll find skiing and riding for every taste and level of ability. From double-black diamond runs at the legendary Taos Ski Valley to the family-friendly slopes of Sipapu, Angel Fire and Red River, skiing and riding here is more than just about sport — it’s about pristine forests, sunshine, history, culture, community and finding a place that reflects who you are as a skier and a person. 

Photo by Mike Hawkins/Skier Nate Steinberg

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Rock Steady

Here we are, getting back to basics after all our worlds were interrupted by COVID-19. Now is the moment to get outside and reinvigorate a vital love of the outdoors. 

By Jay Foley     
Jay The Rock Climber, Photograph by Elijah Rael

There is no better way to reboot and return outside than joining one of America’s fastest growing sports, rock climbing!

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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.

courtesy the enchanted forest

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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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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.

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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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