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Taos is New Mexico True
Two people on horseback near the Rio Grande Gorge

Whether you prefer to travel on two feet or four, there’s a dizzying range of ways and places to make tracks on Taos trails. If you’ve had your fill of hiking (as if such a thing were possible!), get a new perspective on Taos’s scenic mountains and mesas from the back of a horse.

Traverse sparkling streams, alpine forests, and high mountain meadows full of wildflowers from your comfortable perch. Or join a ride through mesas strewn with piñon and juniper or along the rim of the stunning Rio Grande Gorge. Some local rafting outfitters have joined forces with Taos’s horse stables to offer “Paddle and Saddle” excursions, combining the joy of seeing Taos from the saddle with the thrills of white water rafting. Horseback riding in Taos can take you just about anywhere you want to go!

If you’d like some animal company but want to keep your feet firmly on the ground, what could be better than exploring the Taos area with some friendly llamas? Set out on a multiday llama trek with a knowledgeable guide and your new wooly buddies, or just take a llama to lunch in the mountains. Either way, the llamas are happy to carry your gear, leaving you free to enjoy the spectacular Taos wilderness. One of the best times to go is autumn—the golden aspen leaves flutter around you like a snow shower, making a unique experience truly magical.

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