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Population: 1,785
Elevation: 7,634 feet

Heading north out of Taos and then driving Northwest on the way into the mountains, almost equidistant between the Town of Taos and the Village of Taos Ski Valley, you will arrive at the Village of Arroyo Seco, a 200-year-old community rich in history. This quaint little village is a picturesque place and has been the home to many interesting people, from historians and politicians to cinema actors and hippies.

Arroyo Seco is a wonderful location to visit for the day or to use as your home base as you discover Taos. This is a place to relax in a small-town atmosphere and soak in the beauty of the surroundings and the abundance of creative energy.

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This colorful village is home to Artists, Sculptors and Jewelers. Visit the potters, Scott Carlson Pottery, Logan Wannamaker Pottery and Rottenstone Pottery. Often you will see “Scotty the Potter” throwing pots outside his studio with his four legged companion sitting close by. Find some collectible pieces by renowned and award winning jeweler Claire Hayes of Claireworks. Visit Fine Art New Mexico to see exceptional quality prints and giclee.

If you would like to spend some time meandering through the shops you will not be disappointed here. There are only unique one of a kind stores located here. The Arroyo Seco Mercantile is an enthralling store offering all sorts of treasures and collectibles. Santo y mas is a colorful collection of New Mexico Folk Art and Francesca’s Clothing Boutique is full of fashions and accessories to suit all tastes.

Some of the best restaurants in Taos are located in Arroyo Seco and many locals make the drive out to frequent these establishments. Your choices include the organic restaurant ACEQ or Fine American Cuisine at Sabroso’s. For more relaxed eateries or food to go options visit the Taos Cow, renowned for it’s award winning ice-cream and Abe’s Cantina and Cocina a truly local establishment serving New Mexican food.

Throughout the summer months and Holiday season Arroyo Seco is host to some world class events in this small village town. Plan your Taos trip for the 4th of July and celebrate in Arroyo Seco. The annual parade draws thousands of spectators and the atmosphere is electric. Secolive.org  is a non-profit organization that puts on several concerts throughout the summer. These concerts are by donation only bringing top-name, live entertainment to the Taos area. Concerts are preformed from the stage in Flyer of a christmas party in arroyo secothe village of Arroyo Seco beside the Scott Carlson Pottery Studio.

At Christmas time the Village sparkles with holiday decorations. The Arroyo Seco Mercantile hosts an annual Christmas party open to all with the best Santa around! Local Merchants get together the Saturday before Christmas with a pop up sale throughout the village, bonfires, Hot Chocolate and free live entertainment.

Seco is home to the well publicized cooking classes held by James Beard Nominated Chef, Chris Maher. Cooking Studio Taos offers weekly classes that are 100% hands on and after class you sit down as a group to enjoy your magnificent meal.

If you would like to totally immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of Arroyo Seco we suggest you use this as home base and stay here! There are many lodging choices from upscale vacation rental homes and studios to country Bed & Breakfasts or laid back youth hostel.

Whatever the season, Arroyo Seco is waiting to welcome you.

SHOPPING - CRAFTS, COLLECTIBLES, CLOTHING AND FIBER
For visitors to Arroyo Seco you are going to find an enthralling selection of shops, enough to occupy the good part of a day strolling around. All individually owned and mostly operated the store owners love it here, that's why they live and work here. This small village has a fascinating history and a lot of the stores have been passed down through the generations following. Discover Arroyo Seco and all the hidden treasures to be found here.
ANTIQUARIUS IMPORTS
Supplying retailers and interior designers is the core business, as such you are sure to find the latest in interior design trends so stop by and visit us and let us show you why NYMag called us One of the Best-Kept Shopping Secrets!
ARROYO SECO MERCANTILE
Antiques, vintage items from the American west, gifts, santos, books, indian trade blankets, old pawn and Pueblo turquoise jewelry, Pendleton blankets and coats, decorative accessories, vintage kitchenware, toys, candy, fax, copies, office
BELLA MUNID
Bella Mundi is a quaint little store in Arroyo Seco that is full of surprises! The shop owners/artists, Harris and Leslie, display their ever evolving works of art. You will find Mexican art, prints on metal portraits and tin nichos.
FRANCESCA'S CLOTHING
Francesca's is a cozy venue featuring feel-good apparel. Other selections are hand made in India, Nepal, Thailand & Peru, mostly one of a kind featuring low, low prices! Specializing in Hard Tail yoga and active wear.
SANTOS Y MAS
We search out the most unique products in the area to bring to our store, oftentimes one of a kind creations. Browse our store and enjoy our ever changing inventory of colorful, whimsical and often surprising gifts and collectibles.
WEAVING SOUTHWEST
Weaving Southwest has been supplying the world-wide fiber community with quality hand-dyed yarn and weaving and spinning equipment for decades. We offer a huge array of hand-dyed weaving and knitting yarns, weaving accessories and classes.
GALLERIES - ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, POTTERY AND JEWELRY
Arroyo Seco is home to some of the best potters in Taos, you will sometimes see them outside in the summer months busy at the wheel creating amazing pieces. This small village has attracted some of Taos’ most talented creatives who have set up shop to offer one-of-a-kind stores and galleries. Nowhere else in Taos can you stroll such a short distance and see so many hands on artists ready to discuss their creative passions.
CLAIREWORKS
One of kind gallery features jewelry, sculpture, paintings and murals by artist Claire Haye. Claire L. Haye is the owner and artist at ClaireWorks, and has been creating art for the last thirty years, and jewelry for the last twenty.
FINE ART NEW MEXICO
Retailer/wholesaler of the highest quality fine art and photographic giclée prints and archival fine art greeting cards. We specialize in Southwestern art, imagery, and printing services. Let us help you find the perfect art for your home.
LOGAN WANNAMAKER POTTERY
Logan's work is shown hotels, galleries, boutiques and restaurants through out the United States. The majority of my work is showcased in these settings however, to have a direct relationship with my collectors and do sell directly through
MELINDA LITTLEJOHN STUDIO
Melinda Littlejohn began her fine art career as a minimal abstractionist but gravitated to the style of 17th century Spanish Bodegon still life paintings. She moved in 2011 to her studio located in the village of Arroyo Seco.
PARSE SECO
PARSE SECO is an experimental creative space that provides a platform for artists, musicians and creators to present experiences in an intimate setting
ROTTENSTONE POTTERY
Rottenstone Pottery showcases contemporary ceramic works by local artists, also features paintings, etchings, and wood-carvings. Beautiful wine cups, mugs, serving platters, vases, sculptures, and more made by Scott or other local potters.
SCOTT CARLSON POTTERY
Scottie, the potter, is one of Seco's idiosyncratic characters. While other towns have become commercial and trendy, Scottie helps keep Seco genuinely unique and unusual. Brightly colored pottery made for the home and for everyday use.
EAT & DRINK - RESTAURANTS, BARS AND GROCERS
Here in Seco you will find the best collection of places to eat and drink. Get a real feel of the local’s with a visit to Abe’s Cantina y cocina and discover their breakfast burritos. Taos Cow offers award winning ice cream and the local organic grocers, Sol Food is jam packed with goodness. For finer dining experiences plan to visit Sabroso and ACEQ. These two restaurants are amongst the top dining experiences of Taos.
ABE'S CANTINA
Abe Garcia has run the no-frills Abe’s Cantina for 65 years, which is how long locals have been coming for his hearty breakfast burrito of eggs, potatoes, sausage, and green chiles. At lunch, get the chicken flour taco or enchiladas.
AUREATE PLUM
Aureate Plum is an exquisite tea house and gallery space born of history & curiosity, magic & nature. A handcrafted cornucopia to nourish and adorn. Open daily from 7am through 2pm for Breakfast and Brunch.
ACEQ
This family-owned, farm-to-table restaurant utilizes the best in local, wild, and farm-fresh ingredients. Contemporary takes on old classics, house-made specialties, and irresistible desserts that change with the season.
SABROSO
Fine American and global cuisine, a fully-stocked bar and wine cellar, with live music and a value-priced menu in the piano bar. The bar is often referred as "Seco's living room". The bar features a daily happy hour from four until six with
TAOS COW
Making all natural, rBGH free, super premium ice cream for 20 years. Try a traditional flavor or something uniquely Southwestern. The Arroyo Seco Cafe offers fresh baked goods, breakfast, coffee and espresso, sandwiches and ice cream.
SOL FOODS
Enjoy organic juices and smoothies, delicious vegetarian salads, or gluten-free sandwiches and wraps made from the freshest ingredients, you can’t go wrong at Sol Food. Dine in their café or have your favorites wrapped to go.
COOKING STUDIO TAOS
Established in 2003 Cooking Studio Taos specializes in 100% hands-on cooking classes, all natural, organic ingredients. Team Building, Couples Classes, Private Chef services, private dinners, POP UP Secret Supper Monthly dinners & more!
HEALTH & WELLNESS - YOGA, RETREATS & MEDITATION
Arroyo Seco has a true community feel and offers health and wellness workshops and retreats throughout the year. Just immersing yourself in the light, color and energy of Seco is enough to revitalize yourself. Drop in to Hot Yoga Taos for a class on the way to or from the slopes and you will have your best day skiing yet!
HOT YOGA TAOS
Classes welcome all levels from beginners to advanced.All classes welcome walk-ins/drop-ins. Preregistration is suggested. Please arrive 15 minutes early – the doors are locked at class time. Wear comfortable clothes.
KAILASH GOMPA | BUDDHIST TEMPLE
When Ruedi Husler set out to build the Kailash Gompa a gift to humanity he spared no expense. The solid concrete walls are built to last centuries if not longer and the interior is furnished with only the finest Tibetan thangkas.
EVENTS - LIVE MUSIC, CELEBRATIONS, COOKING CLASSES, WORKSHOPS
Throughout the year the Seco community opens its arms to welcome locals and visitors to their street festivals and celebrations. Seco Live brings in some of the best music around and all shows are entirely free to the public. Thousands gather to experience a 4th of July Parade in Seco. The streets are packed with happy faces and the roads are lined with floats, firetrucks music and performers.
4TH OF JULY PARADE IN ARROYO SECO
Beginning at 12pm sharp, this annual parade is considered the quirkiest of the area’s offerings with unexpected floats and unusual costumes. Parking is limited, so come early! Festivities run from 10am to 4pm along the main thoroughfare.
SECOLIVE - FREE LIVE MUSIC EVENTS
Seco Live is a non-profit organization aspire to bring top-name, live entertainment to the Taos area. Concerts are preformed from a stage in the village of Arroyo Seco. All performances are entirely free to the public.
COOKING STUDIO TAOS | COOKING CLASSES AND PRIVATE EVENTS
Established in 2003 Cooking Studio Taos specializes in 100% hands-on cooking classes, all natural, organic ingredients. Team Building, Couples Classes, Private Chef services, private dinners, POP UP Monthly Secret Supper dinners & more!
RIVERS & BIRDS | CONSERVATION WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS
Since 1999 Rivers & Birds has been providing conservation education programs in New Mexico. Today our programs are conducted by a skilled staff of scientists, research biologists, educators, teen interns and volunteers.
PLACES TO STAY - VACATION RENTALS, HOSTEL AND B&B
Arroyo Seco is the perfect location to base your Taos travels whether your skiing or visiting in summer. Just 8 miles from the slopes and an equal distance from the Historical district of Taos. The accommodations here are set in pastureland's with stunning views all around.
CASA SARA | VACATION RENTAL HOME SLEEPS 12
This home is a fabulous vacation location. It is situated on 5 irrigated acres in the foothills above the village of Arroyo Seco. You can walk or ride bikes to the village along a creek on a tree lined road.
CASA MIGUEL | VACATION RENTAL HOME SLEEPS 8
Characterized by beautifully landscaped grounds, the rental home includes a private 6-person spa tub, outdoor seating areas and cooking facilities. Cozy kiva fireplaces in three of four bedrooms able to sleep eight people.
CASA KACHINA | VACATION RENTAL HOME SLEEPS 4 - 6
Casa Kachina is a unique adobe, two bedroom, two bath home set in a walled well landscaped and mature tree courtyard. There is a separate guest casita for additional accommodations.
THE SNOWMANSION | YOUTH HOSTEL, TIPIS AND RENTALS
The SnowMansion provides great adventure Lodging for all ages. The only Hostel in Taos New Mexico providing lodging for individuals, couples, families and groups for Taos and Taos Ski Valley
PLACES OF INTEREST - SITES, HISTORICAL CHURCHES, HIKES
Within walking distance of the Village of Arroyo Seco you will come across some historical churches dating back to the 1830’s. And just a short drive into El Salto you can take an easy hike to some beautiful waterfalls. This is private land so please honor the rules of entrance.
KAILASH GOMPA | BUDDHIST TEMPLE
When Ruedi Husler set out to build the Kailash Gompa a gift to humanity he spared no expense. The solid concrete walls are built to last centuries if not longer and the interior is furnished with only the finest Tibetan thangkas.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH | HISTORICAL CHURCH
Dating from the 1830’s, its thick adobe walls, heavy pine vigas, hand-crafted corbels and original altar tell of the intense faith that motivated the early settlers who built it, using only the simplest of tools: hands, wood and earth.
EL SALTO FALLS | EASY HIKE TO WATERFALLS
The El Salto Falls are the most well-known destination in the area and the easiest to reach. From the parking area at the end of El Salto Road, it is less than a half mile to reach the first fall.
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