COVID-19 Update – We hope this blog can offer inspiration for your future safe adventures, however, we do want to make you aware of the current restrictions in place in Taos and New Mexico – for up-to-date visitor information, please visit here.
Summertime in Taos is an experience not to be missed. In this COVID-19 affected world, however, enjoying this high desert mountain town looks and feels a little different. The State of New Mexico has established COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) for individuals and industries. People must wear a mask in public, maintain a six feet distance and limit gatherings to five people. For industries, this means extensive cleaning, limited contact and other standard to help ensure all of us – customers, employees, and families – remain safe.
We’ve rounded up several of our local businesses and organizations that have been taking a creative approach and pivoting their operations in light of our “new normal.” And because feel-good news is much needed these days, check out what’s new with our local business community:
Art & Installation
The Paseo Project, in association with 516 Arts and Vital Spaces, continues to inspire the imagination with their collaborative series, “Windows on the Future.” This project features 60 artists in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos with artistic window displays hanging in businesses throughout July. Local works are concentrated in the Taos Historic District around downtown. Stumble across this art on a stroll around town or consult the digital map on their website.
Arroyo Seco Live (ASL) has continued their mission to promote north-central New Mexico through live music, even as venues have been shuttered. Artists – most recently, Ry Taylor and the Side Trips – have been sharing live performances online via their “Stay at Home” series. Check out ASL’s website and Facebook page to watch previous performances or for July and August dates.
Elevate your summer at Taos Ski Valley. This seasonal resort is open for retail therapy at Taos Sports, outdoor dining at the Bavarian and scenic chair lift rides. Ascend Chair 4 to enjoy the cool alpine air and unparalleled views of Kachina Peak. Descend on the lift or enjoy the hike back to the base. A planned opening later this summer will give bikers lift access to the beginner/intermediate Green Chile Flow Trail. Electric-assist and mountain bikes will be available to rent then.
Get on the river with Los Rios River Runners. They have options to rent funyaks (inflatable kayaks), stand up paddle boards (SUPs) and innertubes. Book a guided Rio Grande half or whole day excursion on the scenic Orilla Verde, Middle Box or the class-III Racecourse sections. Los Rios – like other NM outfitters – has reduced capacity in shuttles and boats, sanitize equipment and everyone wears a mask, except during activities.
Take a guided road trip with Heritage Inspirations. Expert guides bring their intel and expertise to you with Click & Buy Road Trips that depart from Taos and take you to some of the most iconic and intriguing places near and far on half-day, full-day, and multi-day adventures. Each itinerary, such as “The Enchanted Old West” shares the cultural and historic context of the area and offers tips on preparing for and maximizing the adventure. “Taos Wild” entertains all ages as it explores geology, nature and wildlife.
Many shops are open, like footwear and fashion retailer Steppin’ Out. They limit customer numbers, offer hand sanitizer and provide curbside pickup on request. Clothing sampled but not purchased is steam sterilized before being returned to the racks and sanitary footies are provided to try on shoes. They recently launched a retail website where most store items can be purchased.
Shree Yoga Taos is streaming their classes live to meet the needs of the community. They offer multiple drop-in classes each day. Students can sign up for a single class or purchase a four or eight class punchcard. Offerings include Level I and II, “Not Over the Hill” yoga and noon time classes.
Taos businesses and organizations work hard to come up with creative solutions to ensure everyone can access their services and have fun, with safety a priority. Please help by wearing a mask and physical distancing when visiting this community.
Author: Mackenzi Frederick is a writer and editor who has lived in Taos since 2000.