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Historic Taos Plaza
Taos Lodging is within walking distance of the historic Taos Plaza, the site of the original Spanish settlement and the center of our town. The Plaza consists of over 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. Five of our seven museums are within a five block walking distance.
Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo has been occupied by Native Americans for over 1,000 years. and still is. Designated as a World Heritage Site, it is just two miles from your the Taos Lodging Casitas. There are entrance fees per person/per car and additional charges for camera use.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Built in 1965, it was called the "Bridge to Nowhere," as there was not enough funding to continue the road from the other side. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande and 1200 feet across, it is the second highest suspension bridge in the United States.
Martienez Hacienda
A restored hacienda from the Spanish Colonial period, this historic compound has 21 rooms and is furnished as it presumably was when Don Antonio Severino Martinez and his family lived there in the colonial period. It is located on lower Ranchitos Road.
San Francisco De Asis Church
Located four miles south of Taos Plaza, this Franciscan Mission was built between 1710 and 1801 and is one of the most painted and photographed adobe churches in the Southwest. A short video on the history and a very special mystery painting are shown in the rectory on the hour.
Historic Kit Carson Park
A pleasant town park with mature trees, featuring the Taos Community Theater and the cemetery where not only was Kit Carson buried, but Mable Dodge Luhan and Padre Martinez lie.
Museums & Art Galleries
Millecent Rogers Museum, Van Vechten-Lineberry Museum, Blumenschein Home, Harwood Museum, Kit Carson Museum, Fechin Institute are the most prominent. There are about 100 eclectic art galleries.
Enchanted Circle
A breathtaking 84 mile scenic loop from Taos with lots of points of interest, two ski areas, a ghost town and views of Eagle Nest Lake. There are great places from which to hike and see abundant wildlife.
Ghost Ranch & Abiquiu
Considered the summer vacation home of famous artist Georgia O'Keefe, the ranch has a living museum and exhibits of Northern New Mexico wildlife. Many of O'Keefe's best known works were inspired by her house and views in Abiquiu. Tours through her house require advance reservations.
Bandelier National Monument
Home of the Anasazi, who are the ancient ancestors to the Pueblo Indians. Bandelier's Visitors Center has excellent exhibits and an interpretive film on the Anasazi. Additionally there are underground kivas in the canyon floor and rooms carved out of soft volcanic rock high in the canyon walls.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Steam over the Rockies into adventure. A train ride taking you 100 years back in history, this narrow gage mountain railroad provides an awesome trek through the San Juan Mountains. Numerous packages available, with departures from Chama or Antonito.
Taos Ski Valley
Located 20 miles north of the Taos Plaza, a 30-40 minute scenic drive through the Carson National Forest. Taos Ski Valley has been rated one of the top 10 ski schools in the nation.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Considered a sacred spot by the prehistoric Pueblo Indians who inhabited the mesas and valleys, and referred to the Spaniards as the "hot eye" of a deep volcanic aquifer. The only natural hot spring in the world with combination of five bubbling waters: iron, arsenic, lithia, soda and sodium.
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