Taos is a collection of neighborhoods and many unincorporated areas around Taos have distinctive names that represent the ancient traditions of naming a place for a stream or topographic feature. Arroyo Hondo, Arroyo Seco and El Prado are all such places. These are not towns and have no political jurisdiction, they are simply places that help folks zero in on a very specific neighborhood. Within Taos itself are many such neighborhoods that may comprise no more than a few “blocks.”
The greater Taos area is made up of several unincorporated areas and neighborhoods that separates out as if they were their own destinations or towns. Below are a few maps that will help you navigate the various areas.
Taos is a place of convergence – of cultures, of people, of opposites, of like minds and different perspectives. Taos is known as an artist colony, a world-class ski resort, and an ancient community. Known for clean air and long vistas, visitors come to experience rich spiritual traditions, fine art and the beauty of the endless landscape. They come to Taos for creative inspiration and the abundant outdoor recreation.
Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
As the longstanding cultural root of the Taos community, the Pueblo is generally open to visitors daily from 8am to 4:30pm, except when tribal rituals require closing the Pueblo. Late winter to early Spring the Pueblo closes for about ten weeks.
Home of Taos Pueblo, the euro-alpine Village of Taos Ski Valley, The Town of Taos and a colorful array of surrounding communities, our region’s “Enchanted Circle” offers a more authentic and deeply rooted cultural experience than any other Rocky Mountain ski resort area.
A land of wide-open spaces and historical places, the Taos area has much to offer and discover with its very unique beauty, enduring culture and the people that make Taos and Northern New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Seated on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, rich with art and steeped in history, Taos is located in the northern part of New Mexico, almost halfway between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Located high up in the mountains 21 miles away from the Town of Taos, the Village of Taos Ski Valley offers gracious Euro-Alpine hospitality and mountaineering traditions that warmly welcome you, your family and friends to our community.
The Village of Taos Ski Valley is situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico—a three-hour drive from Albuquerque, only two hours from Santa Fe and 15 miles northeast of Taos via US Highway 150. Local Native Americans never inhabited this valley. First settled as a bustling camp named Twining by a group of hearty and adventurous miners in the 1800’s, this area is now inhabited as Taos Ski Valley by hearty and adventurous skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.
As the Taos Ski Valley Resort grew, the community was incorporated in 1996 as the Village of Taos Ski Valley (VTSV). Today VTSV contains only about four miles of roads and is bordered by steep tall mountains of the Carson National Forest on two sides and Wheeler Peak wilderness at the upper south end. At an elevation of 9200 feet, it is the highest incorporated community in the state of New Mexico. Today the Village has 62 businesses including Lodging to suit all budgets, fine and casual dining and unique village stores.
Taos Ski Valley’s existing lodging blends rustic ski lodge charm with authentic euro-alpine chalet style elegance that was originally introduced by the Blake family and fellow ski resort pioneers like Jean Mayer. Today, Taos Ski Valley offers a variety of ski-in, ski-out condominiums, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, luxury hotels and individual cabin rentals throughout the valley.
Kachina Village (located at The Top of Taos Ski Valley, 2 miles from the Village Core)
Located in the Kachina Basin at the road’s end pinnacle of Taos Ski Valley at just over 10,000 feet (1,000 vertical feet above the Village Core) surrounded by majestic mountains within the Carson National Forest and the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, Kachina provides a very unique rustic mixed-use “wilderness” commercial complement to Taos Ski Valley’s primary mixed-use commercial Village Core. Master planned with a finite amount of development opportunities, a few keystone elements of this village are already in place, including the Bavarian Lodge, six Bavarian Chalets, the Phoenix Grill, two luxury mountain homes, Wheeler Peak Condominiums, a small firehouse, a snow making facility and direct lift four access to Taos Ski Resort’s winter recreation areas with return trail access to Taos Ski Valley’s lower base village. Development plans are underway for several major Kachina projects that will provide the critical mass of a compelling wilderness village experience, including the next phase of Bavarian development, Kachina Mountain Lodge development, a primary Kachina resort center development surrounding the base of lift 4 and a 5 star exclusive resort center located adjacent to the Block 3 area where the KML project is located.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, gets 21 inches of rain per year. The US average rainfall is 37 inches. Snowfall is 146 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 103 days. On average, there are 290 sunny days per year in Taos Ski Valley. The July high is around 76 degrees. The January low is 4 degrees. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 70 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
|Climate||Taos Ski Valley, NM||United States|
|Avg. July High||76||86.5|
|Avg. Jan. Low||4.2||20.5|
|Comfort Index (higher=better)||70||44|
Check out the snow conditions at: http://www.snowforecast.com/TaosSkiValley
Distance: 84 miles/136 KM
Driving Time: 2-1/2 to 3 hours – 5 hours to several days
Route: From Taos Plaza, Hwy. 64 north to Hwy. 522 north to Questa; Hwy. 38 east to Red River, then 64 south to Eagle Nest; Hwy 64 west to Angel Fire; continuing on Hwy. 64 west to return to Taos.
The most popular tour in northern New Mexico, is the National Forest Scenic Byway circling Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico at 13,161 feet. A drive along this famous route will introduce you to several of New Mexico’s unique ecosystems and a vibrant demonstration of her geology. Most popular during the summer, when the mountain passes are easiest to manage, the drive promises extraordinary views, abundant flora, and a unique perspective on New Mexico’s history and development, as well as a welcome respite from the summer heat.
The famous loop passes through several towns, which are rich with recreational opportunities, including Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire. The trip can take a minimum of five hours, and up to several days, depending on how thoroughly one wishes to experience the plentiful offerings. Most drive the trip clockwise, starting in Taos and ending in Angel Fire before returning via Taos Canyon.
The Taos area is an artist’s colony with a 400-year old Spanish heritage and 1000-year old American Indian culture. This tri-cultural blend creates a unique community of regional foods, arts, festivals, and lifestyles.
The Taos area is a year-round recreation destination – in spring with whitewater rafting, in summer and fall with a myriad of adventures including hiking, ballooning, abundant trout fishing, horse back riding & mountain biking, and in winter with mountains of deep powder with endless skiing and snowboarding through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Scenic day trips are a beautiful way to explore and experience Taos and northern New Mexico. There are driving tours of our area’s enchanted circle, historic churches, weaving communities, cowboy country, hot springs, and wide-open spaces.
The Taos area has many festivals throughout the year celebrating Native American, Hispanic and Anglo traditions, including art fairs, music festivals, American Indian ceremonial dances, yuletide events and much more.