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Dennis Hopper on motorbike in Taos
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2023 Dates TBA

Event last occurred on 5/17/22.

Taos celebrates the life and times of Hollywood’s rebel icon, Dennis Hopper, with the annual Dennis Hopper Day in Taos, New Mexico. The event includes a motorcycle ride, music, food and more!

On Saturday, May 14 at 11 AM, Dennis Hopper Day kicks off at Taos Mountain Casino with the Easy Rider Rally and Ride. Tiwa Kitchen, home of the Blue Corn Frybread, will be cooking up Native American and New Mexican cuisine. Rally participants can register for a free rafting trip with Los Rios River Runners down the Rio Grande, where Dennis filmed the famous Easy Rider hot springs scene. All registered riders will receive an official DHD Easy Rider Ride 2022 Patch.

On May 17th (Dennis’s birthday), Rebel Film Festival, Taos Center for the Arts, and Hopper Reserve presents a free screening of Hopper’s 1969 Classic Easy Rider in the back lot of the TCA. Festivities begin at sunset with Tiwa Kitchen’s Buffalo BBQ and Hopper’s commemoration Birthday cake celebration. 

Easy Rider stars Peter Fonda and director Dennis Hopper as two biker buddies — Wyatt, aka Captain America (Fonda) and Billy (Hopper) — who travel through the Southwest and South with the money they made from their last cocaine deal.

Famous scenes from Hopper’s iconic counter-culture classic were shot in Taos, including Taos Pueblo, Taos Old County Jail, Stagecoach Hot Springs, and the fields of sagebrush behind the Dennis Hopper Day host hotel, the Sagebrush Inn & Suites.

In the rebel spirit of Dennis Hopper, you never know what special guests will show up at Dennis Hopper Day.