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Taos is New Mexico True
John Dunn Bridge and the Rio Grande

Spring in Taos, New Mexico is a magical time of year when the snow begins to melt and the mountains come to life. There are so many things to do in Taos and our neighboring villages during this season, from rafting down the Rio Grande to soaking in the natural hot springs at Ojo Caliente. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or just looking to relax and unwind, Taos has something wonderful to offer.

Rafting in Taos

One of the most exciting activities to do in Taos during the spring is rafting down the Rio Grande. The river swells with snowmelt during this season, making for some of the best rapids in the state. There are several local outfitters who offer guided tours, ranging from gentle floats to adrenaline-pumping white-water excursions. Rafting options in Taos include thrilling full-day floats through the Rio Grande Box, half-day trips down the Racecourse near Pilar, gentle cruises through the Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande, and more! No matter your level of experience, you’re sure to have a blast on the river.

Entering the Taos Box

Ojo Caliente Resort

For those seeking a more serene experience, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort is the perfect destination. Ojo Caliente is about a 40-mile drive southwest of Taos, and the hot springs have been enjoyed for centuries for their healing properties. Soak in the warm mineral-rich waters and let your stress melt away. Ojo Caliente also offers spa treatments and massages to add an extra layer of relaxation to your visit.

Ojo Caliente

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is also a great way to explore the mountains and mesas surrounding Taos. There are several beginner and intermediate bike trails in the area including the West Rim Trail (starting near the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and following the mesa’s edge along the gorge), the Rift Valley Trail (on the mesa just north of the “Horseshoe” off Highway 68), and many more. Those seeking expert terrain will enjoy the North Boundary Trail and South Boundary Trail, with access in Taos Canyon and Valle Escondido.

Biking the West Rim Trail

Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers recreation area is another popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Wild Rivers is about a 40-mile drive north of Taos near the Village of Questa, New Mexico. The area features several hiking trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds, as well as access to the Rio Grande for fishing and rafting. The rugged beauty of the landscape and spectacular overlooks make for some amazing photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera.

The Rio Grande with Ute Mountain in the distance near Wild Rivers Recreation Area (Photo Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management: license)

Taos Mesa Brewing

After a multi-year renovation and brewery expansion, the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership re-opened in 2023. The Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is the sister location to the Downtown Taos Tap Room, and is a must-visit destination for beer enthusiasts and music lovers alike. The brewery is located on the mesa northwest of the Town of Taos, and is a great stop before or after your obligatory Rio Grande Gorge Bridge selfie! The spacious outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy a cold brew and soak in the unique atmosphere of Taos. The Mothership also boasts two outdoor stages, with local and touring acts performing live in the spring, summer and fall.

Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

John Dunn Bridge Recreation Area

The John Dunn Bridge recreation area is now re-open to the public after several months of maintenance and construction. The historic John Dunn Bridge, originally built in 1908, is about a 13-mile drive north of Taos Plaza. The bridge spans the river near the confluence of the Rio Hondo and the Rio Grande, and the vicinity is a popular destination for swimming, paddleboarding, picnicking and fishing. This picturesque setting on the banks of the Rio Grande is great spot to escape the summer heat of the New Mexico sun.

John Dunn Bridge over the Rio Grande

Golfing in Taos

Finally, for those looking to relax on the greens, Taos offers two golf courses. The Valle Escondido Golf Course is a 9-hole walking course located 12 miles east of Taos neighboring the Carson National Forest. The Taos Country Club offers a full 18-hole golf course with stunning panoramic mountain views. Both courses offer challenging terrain and magnificent scenery, making for a memorable round of golf.

Taos Country Club

Taos, New Mexico is an incredible destination during the spring, offering a range of activities for all interests and skill levels. From white-water rafting to hot springs, hiking to mountain biking, the area is truly a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the magic of Taos in the springtime.