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Situated In Northern New Mexico Between Some Of The State's Tallest Peaks And The Depths Of The Rio Grande Gorge, Taos Has Many Identities. It's A Place For Steep-and-deep Skiing At Taos Ski Valley, Gallery Hopping Around The Plaza, And Sipping Craft Beer While Taking In Views Of The Sagebrush Mesa.
Harwood Museum of Art
This downtown museum chronicles the town's artistic evolution — from Spanish Colonial devotional art to the work of the Taos modernists.
E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum
The eclectic abode of Taos Society of Artists co-founder Ernest L. Blumenschein features his collection of art and European and Spanish Colonial style antiques.
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
Paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists hang inside the former home of artist Nicolai Fechin.
Couse-Sharp Historic Site
Often overlooked, the fascinating site includes the home and studio of Taos Society of Artists founding members E.I. Couse and Joseph H. Sharp.
Millicent Rogers Museum
Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers amassed an expansive collection of regional art now displayed in this museum.
Ask a Local: Angelisa Murray
Angelisa Murray, Heritage Inspirations Founder
After spending a decade as a travel guide for a variety of top adventure companies, Angelisa Murray founded Heritage Inspirations in Taos. She and her team of guides lead outings across New Mexico, from shopping in Santa Fe to glamping at Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
What do you like to do on your day off in Taos?
Navigate our back roads on the Taos Plateau or National Forest Service mountain roads in our vintage FJ40s or Land Rovers. This allows my husband and I, with our pups, to reach wild places. We overnight camp in our rooftop tent, hike, and explore the natural beauty of our diverse landscapes.
Where's your favorite place to hike in the Taos area?
Wild Rivers Recreational Area within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The views are expansive and inspiring. You can discover petroglyphs on the Big Arsenic Trail and find a dynamic biodome — from ponderosa pines to cholla cactus — that stretches to the edge of the Rio Grande.
What's your favorite place to go for a weekend away in New Mexico?
Camping and hiking up at Cabresto Lake or Goose Lake, near Red River. I have a particular affinity for the rugged outdoors, and being in the pines and the alpine wildflower season late summer. Often, people don't realize that pristine wilderness can be found in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and that the state is not all desert.