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Taos, NM
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Enjoying nature in Taos doesn’t necessarily mean a drive into the mountains or a trek into the wilderness. Taos boasts beautiful parks and recreation sites right here within the city limits. Shoot some hoops, play a game of catch or a round of soccer, fire up the barbecue and have a picnic while the kids cavort on the playground, or have a walk around with your four-legged friend and enjoy the tall trees and lush green grass (yes, grass!).

If you want to get out of town a bit more, picnic shelters can also be found throughout the Carson National Forest and up and down the Rio Grande River. All have stunning scenery and many also have campsites you can reserve for longer stays—probably a good idea because once you’re perched alongside the river or nestled in among the pines, you won’t want to leave!

Although the weather in Taos is legendarily lovely, on that rare day when outdoors isn’t an option, head to the Taos Youth & Family Center. There’s an indoor pool for splashing around and, in the winter, the best (okay, only) ice skating in town. There’s also an outdoor skate park with bowls, rails, jumps, and benches, open every day of the year. There’s plenty of recreation to be had for the whole family in Taos.