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.

New views

New to a few are the lift-service mountain bike trail and a protected climbing route, known hereabouts as the Via Ferrata or “Iron Road.” The lift-service bike trail has six new trails to explore – the shortest being roughly a half-mile long, and the longest about 3 miles long – great opportunities for mountain lovers to explore in new and exciting ways. The Via Ferrata is a protected climbing route consisting of metal rungs, ladders, cables and bridges. Popular in Europe for decades, it means novices can explore rock climbing in a safe, controlled environment where climbers are secured to cable throughout the course. This one- to two-hour course includes relatively easy, moderate and hard routes, accessed from Chair 4.

Hiking rocky outcrops above the verdent summer forest of Taos Ski Valley is a favorite pasttime of locals and visitors. Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

Tried and true

Locals and visitors argue there is absolutely nothing better than summertime in the Rockies, no end to the enjoyment of field and streams in the high country.

Camping, Backpacking, Car Camping, RV sites: Free first-come, first-served RV parking in Gila Monster in TSV or Forest Service campgrounds including Cuchillo del Medio and Lower Hondo. Or check out rustic Twining Campground in Taos Ski Valley, with space for tents or trailers.

Fishing: Dozens of rivers, streams and lakes within an hour of Taos Ski Valley provide hot spots for you to create your New Mexican fish tale. Hire a guide or venture out on your own to find the spot that’s right for you.Climbing – Whether climbing or bouldering, there’s enough for veterans and newbies alike.

A hiker crossing the Río Vallecitos, one of the many rivers and streams in Taos. New Mexico. Courtesy Amanda Wheelock

Hiking and trail running: Hit Williams Lake Trail, Bull-of-the-Woods and Wheeler Peak Trail, a practically endless array of mountainside trails that ready for you to beat feet.  

Chair lift rides: Take in the scenic views without gearing up in hiking boots and climbing gloves. Hop on a chair lift ride to the top of the mountain for stunning views of Kachina and Wheeler peaks.

Disc Golf: Enjoy a leisurely game of disc golf while soaking in beautiful views of Taos Ski Valley – free of charge.

Be sure to check out skitaos.com and taosskivalley.com for the latest offerings and more information, or call (575) 776-2291.