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”