By Scott Gerdes
Those big doe eyes say, “Please … please, oh please take me with you,” as soon as your suitcase is brought out of the closet, tossed on the bed and unzipped. So long as traveling isn’t stressful to your pet, then you’ve both made up your minds — it’s vacation time.
Taos was a great destination to choose. This is a dog, cat, horse kinda town. It’s a sure bet that most households have at least one pet.
A number of restaurants welcome friendly dogs on their patios and out in the wilderness, Taos offers a wide selection of opportunities to have high-desert fun with Fido.
In the wild
Hiking is a popular pursuit around these parts with or without pets. The Taos Visitor Center has maps of places to hike and walk with your dog. Enjoy the trails in the forest and mountains as well as the breathtaking trails around the Río Grande Gorge.
The Carson National Forest is bountiful and varied with hiking trails. Speaking of leashes, laws do exist in the town and county of Taos. Your dog can’t run freely and has to be on a leash at all times. Carson National Forest is federal land and a leash is not required by law. However, a leash is always a good idea even in the forest. Wildlife in Carson — including big game animals such as mule deer, elk, antelope, black bear, mountain lion and bighorn sheep — must be protected and wild animals can pose a threat to your dog as well.
In your dog’s mind, there are thousands, probably millions, of new scents and an endless horizon ahead. A leash keeps an excited pup near you at all times.
- 5 Star Burgers: 1032 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-8484
- Adobe Bar at the Taos Inn: 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-2233
- The Alley Cantina: Teresina Lane (NW Taos Plaza); (575) 758-2121
- Bent Street Cafe & Deli: 120 Bent St.; (575) 758-5787
- The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House: 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-5522
- Earlene’s Café: 1014 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-2007
- Eske’s Brew Pub & Eatery: 106 Des Georges Lane; (575) 758-1517
- Gutiz Latin-French Cuisine: 812-B Paseo del Norte; (575) 758-1226
- Jalapeñas Tacos and Beer: 210 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-7278
- Café La Cueva: 135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 758-7001
- Martyrs Steakhouse: 146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 751-3020
- Stella’s Italian Restaurant: 112 Camino de la Placita; (575) 751-0100
- Stray Dog Cantina: 105 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley Village; (575) 776-2894
- Taos Cow: 495 State Highway 150, Arroyo Seco. (575) 776-5640 (There are tables and benches outside by a stream.)
- Toribio’s Mexican Restaurant: 1637 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado; (575) 751-4431
- Ziggy’s Frozen Yogurt: 1008 Paseo del Pueblo Sur; (575) 737-8908