Casting out on the Rio Grande, or swooshing down from 12,000 feet on Kachina Peak. Every season holds adventure here. Few places in the world offer the range of outdoor activities—balanced by plentiful “chill” opportunities— as Taos. Maybe that’s why so many outdoor enthusiasts choose Taos for their adrenalin rushes and their kick back time. Rivers. Trails. Slopes. Vistas. Balloon-high views. You choose.
From November to April, snow and scenery lovers take to Taos area ski trails. Winter hiking opportunities run throughout winter for the thermal-lined and those willing to walk or snowshoe to trails. Taos Ski Valley enjoys 300 sunny days on average per year. But be prepared. Average midday temperature in the mountains is 32 degrees, and as low as 23, with an average daily snowfall of 4 inches. In town, it can be as mild as 56 degrees and dry. That’s high desert for you—what’s happening up is not necessarily happening down! And vice versa. But the sun shines pretty much all the time. Don’t be surprised if you see shorts on the slopes and sandals on the sidewalks.