“hip spots” a taos day trip

Here is a fun Taos Day Trip that will have you visiting some of the top “Hip Spots” in Taos. You will be visiting Landmark sites, marvels of nature, off grid homes and one of the hippest Taos breweries. Allow a full day for this adventure and be sure to check out the Taos Mesa Brewing events calendar to see if you can top your day off by catching some live entertainment.

Greater World Earthship Community

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Visitor Center Hours: Summer 9am – 5pm Winter 10am – 4pm

Start your day off with a drive out to the Greater World Earthship community. The Greater World Community is the world’s first and largest off grid earthship subdivision. Located 15 minutes from Taos on Highway 64, 3 miles past the Gorge Bridge. The Greater World is a 30 mins drive from Taos Plaza Allow 1 hour to tour the fascinating Visitors Center and learn how an earthship is constructed. Find detailed driving directions here.

Time needed: 1 hr 30 minutes

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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Travel back on US Hwy 64 towards Taos and stop to walk over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. At 650 feet (200 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.

Time needed: 30 minutes

Free Hot Springs By the Rio

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Two sand-bottomed and rock pools are located in the ruins of an old stagecoach stop on the east bank of the Rio Grande. Water temperatures are usually about 97 F, depending on how high the river is. Clothing is optional. The access is an easy 1 mile hike down to the Rio Grande.

Time needed: 2-3 hours

Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

Exterior of Taos Mesa Brewing

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Hours: Open 7 days a week noon till late

For a delicious cold local brew and bite to eat Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is the place to go. Located 4.4 miles from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge the Brewery features 12 distinct house beers on draught at all times. The Taos Mounatin views are spectacular from the outdoor areas. The brewery offers nightly entertainment in either the indoor venue or outdoor earthship styled stage.

Manby & Black Rock Hot Springs

Located north of Taos off Highway 522, west of the town of Arroyo Hondo about a 5-10 minute walk off a dirt road near the John Dunn Bridge.

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