Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost range of the Rockies, is the town of Taos. It grew in the late 1700s as a fortified plaza and trading outpost for the neighboring Taos Pueblo and Hispano communities. The English name Taos derives its name from the native Tiwa language, meaning “place of red willows.”
Since then, the Town of Taos has become renowned as an art colony and is home to world-class skiing, historic sites, a rich Native American culture, and a thriving music scene. This small town, New Mexico’s Soul of the Southwest, captivates visitors from all over the world, drawn by clean air and mythical light to experience its rich traditions, renowned art culture, and distinctive cuisine.
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Visit any of the town’s 70+ art galleries to bask in the impressive works of artists who have been inspired by the light and life of Taos.
Native American culture has long shaped Taos with generations of resilience.