landmark sites

Of all the things to see and do in Taos, these sites offer an opportunity to see some of the more notable places that make Taos special. These places are noteworthy for their natural beauty, their compelling history, or their uniqueness.

It takes time to explore 1000 years of history. The only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a National Historic Landmark is Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe dwellings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

Historic Taos Plaza has been the center of local trade and gossip for centuries. Today, old mercantile stores house galleries, restaurants and shops. Nearby, Kit Carson Road, Bent Street, and Ledoux Street lead to even more historic homes, neighborhoods, and shopping areas.

Other must-see sites include the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, eight miles northwest of Taos. The latter spans 650 feet above the river. You’ll remember the views long after your visit here ends.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

The second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System, offering spectacular views and a great place to spot bighorn sheep.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Discover the Rio Grande del Norte public lands proclaimed as a national monument on March, 25 2013 by President Barack Obama.


Stop for a visit at any one of our informative and vibrant museums to immerse yourself in fine art or stories of the past.

Historic Churches Tour

Explore the distinctive stories of the historic adobe churches of northern New Mexico, and how they influence their communities.

Walking Tour of Historic Taos

Take a self-guided tour of historical Taos Plaza and the story-filled streets, like Bent and Ledoux, that surround it.

San Francisco de Asis Church

Built in the 1700’s, the church has served as inspiration to artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams.

Guided Tours

With so much to see and do in Taos and the surrounding areas, it can be overwhelming deciding what to… Read more »

Kit Carson Park and Cemetery

25 acres of recreation, including basketball and tennis courts; and community activities, including concerts and movies.

Historic Taos Plaza

The heart of Taos, where locals gather for summer concerts and visitors enjoy the shops and galleries all year long.

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