Day Trips

Day trip to entirely different worlds and be back in Taos for dinner. Taos is the ideal homebase for exploring the mountains, mesas, history, and cultures of Northern New Mexico. You can find details on day trips and making the most of your time by reviewing the suggested day trips below. And stop by Taos Visitor Center when you arrive for maps and particulars on each tour. Be prepared to be wow’d! Before you head into the forest, check Forest Updates.

 

As there are so many interesting places to stop along the way, and beautiful scenery to absorb, this trip can take from 4 to 7 hours.

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The most popular tour in our area, this 84-mile National Forest Scenic Byway circles Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.

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Vast open spaces, magnificent peaks, and abundant wildlife greet the visitor to Carson National Forest’s Valle Vidal, 46 miles north of Taos...

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Enjoy a day trip to the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado, and explore northern New Mexico and southern Colorado as you go.

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Combine a drive through gorgeous Chama valley with a ride into the past on a narrow gauge steam-powered train.

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Glimpse the pioneer experience of nineteenth century America along this drive.

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A self-guided driving tour of 24 historic igelsias, from Costilla in the north to Santa Cruz in the south.

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Prepare to enter a foreign world of sovereign nations with their own languages, traditions and customs.

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Labyrinths are an ancient spiritual tradition dating back over 4,000 years and Taos is in tune with the tradition.

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Experience the creative process first-hand with a visit to artists' studios during annual open house tours in Taos and neighboring villages.

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Guided Tours

Have just a few hours to spend with us? Taos offers a number of guided tours – motorized or on foot – to give you the flavor of this tri-cultural and historic community. They are sure to leave you interested in finding out more about Taos and coming back for a longer stay. 

Historic Taos Trolley Tours
The Taos Pueblo Tour begins at the historic Taos Plaza as your guide shares fascinating stories about the history, people and places while orienting you to the shops, museums and points of interest along the way. Then you’re off to Taos Pueblo for a tour of this historic living World Heritage site concluding with a photo stop at the beautiful San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos.

The History & Culture Tour also begins at the Plaza, then moves on to the beautifully preserved Hacienda de los Martinez, built in 1804 and one of the finest fortified trading haciendas in Northern New Mexico. Then your tour will conclude at San Francisco de Asis Church for a photo opportunity.
505.550.5012

Taos Jeep Tours
Where the pavement ends and the fun begins - in Taos, New Mexico! These three-hour tours (morning and afternoon) take you to the most famous of Taos’ landmarks. Your driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel for a visit to the 1,000 year old, continuously occupied Taos Pueblo, the lovingly restored Hacienda de los Martinez, historic Taos Plaza, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge spanning the river some 650 feet below and the photogenic San Francisco de Asis Church, made famous by Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe. These small personalized tours can be customized to suit you, and all tickets are included in the tour price.
575-754-6335

Taos Pueblo Tours
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. Among the many interesting facts you’ll learn are the long history of the Tiwa people in the Taos Valley, the Pueblo’s role in the historic Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and the Taos Massacre of 1848, and how they maintain their traditions while living and working in a contemporary world. Guided tours are offered daily from 9 am – 4 pm. Each guide takes you on a walking tour through the Pueblo and explains certain aspects of the community. Questions are welcomed, but please be mindful there are certain parts to their way of life such as religion and culture that may not be shared with the public. Guides are compensated through your tips only.
575-758-1028

Taos Snowshoe Adventure Tours
If outdoor adventures are more appealing to your sense of fun, snowshoes offer both the beginner and the experienced an opportunity for world class outdoor winter recreation. Knowledgeable naturalist guides add to the experience, with a broad understanding of local ecology, natural history, and wilderness skills. Offering Half Day Snowshoe Trips, Full Day Backcountry Snowshoe Tours, Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes, and Overnight Yurt Trips, in New Mexico's pristine winter wilderness near Taos, Taos Snowshoe Adventures also offers a "Learn to Snowshoe!" Hike for a short family excursion or just a quick jaunt in the forest, to let you enjoy the solace of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in winter.
800-758-5262

Customized Guided Tour Options

Seven Directions Cultural and Sustainable Tours
A guided tour should help you delve more deeply into your interests beyond the iconic landmarks; whatever your interests: art, history, ancient cultures, Wild West luxury, archeology, architecture, the Old West, nature, mind/body/spirit or just an insider’s shopping experience, you can find your passion here. Meticulously organized to deliver a highly unique experience, no two outings are exactly alike.
877.992.6128

 Photo above, a tour group visits Taos Pueblo.