historic taos plaza



Taos Plaza is the Heart of Taos. This is the center of the Taos Historic District where locals gather for Taos Plaza Live concerts, May through October and visitors enjoy the shops and galleries that surround the Plaza all year long.

The original Spanish settlement of scattered farms evolved in Taos Valley about 1615. But in 1680, thesettlers were driven out by the Pueblo Revolt. Spanish authority was not reestablished until 1696 with the reconquest by Don Diego de Vargas. The area was firmly resettled by 1710. In 1796 the Don Fernando de Taos Land Grant was given to 63 families by the King of Spain. This resulted in the Map of Taos Plazaestablishment of the current Taos Plaza and surrounding community. Don Fernando de Taos became the most important settlement in the area outside of the ancient San Geronimo de Taos Pueblo two miles to the north. Homes were built in large quadrangles, thus offering a fortress-like structure. Hostile raiding Indians from outside the Taos area were thwarted in their attempts to enter the village. Sentries stationed at the corners of the fortified village kept vigil day and night. A huge gate offered the only means of entry and exit to and from the Plaza. The enclosure served as a refuge for livestock at night, and merchants displayed their wares there during trade fairs. Over the years, there were many fires within the Plaza and many buildings were lost and rebuilt. Because the buildings were contiguous, a fire in one usually spread to others. The character of the present structures around the Plaza dates from the 1930s.

Today the current Plaza, with its many shops and galleries, is a natural gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

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    Trading Post Café
    Amidst vigas, wrought iron furniture, and local art, you can watch chefs prepare flavorful dishes from the open-air kitchen. Three dining rooms, outdoor patio. Italian favorites, American classics, and daily specials. Wi-Fi available.
    Made in New Mexico
    Everything made in New Mexico. Red and green chile powders, pods, salsas, sauces, jams, jellies, biscochitos, pinon coffee, wood carvings, Native American jewelry, ornaments, fetishes, Day of the Dead, ristras, wreaths, luminarias and books
    At Home In Taos
    Selling fabulous home furnishings, crafts, gifts, pottery and accessories that truly represent Taos. Visit us and take home a piece of Taos!
    Taos Plaza Live
    Every Thursday, May - August 6:00pm – 8:00pm Free live music events on Taos Plaza. Bring your chairs, blanket and picnics.
    Taos Mountain Outfitters
    For over 40 years, TMO has been the place where adventures begin. We have the gear, clothing and footwear to prepare you for just about anything Taos has to offer – hiking, camping, climbing, rafting, trail running, yoga and more.
    Charles Collins Gallery
    Collins’s paintings are profoundly spiritual and evoke a strong sense of peace and timelessness. Beginning with a charcoal drawing, Collins then uses a combination of glazes and underpainting to create luminosity in his works.
    Glam Trash Fashion Show
    August Annually The Glam Trash Fashion Show combines art, recycling and fashion into a glamtastic all ages non-profit annual event.
    Manzanita Market
    We are a local marketplace with a display of goods created, written, imagined and produced in northern New Mexico. We specialize in local goods & local foods.
    Other places to Shop in Taos Plaza
    Soulful Silfs, Jackies Trading Post, Taos Quilting, The Village Shop, Taos Mountain Candles, Artwares, Taos Togs, Reneux, Coyote Club, Dragon Fly, Silver Touch, Maison Faure
    Studio 107-B
    An experimental studio/gallery providing a multicultural art space for local Taos artists to exhibit and produce art, as well as hosting art-based workshops for locals and visitors.
    Mesa's Edge
    We represent over 40 local and regional artists' Studio art jewelry, Native American jewelry, Pueblo pottery, Navajo wood carvings, and more.
    An experience in itself, thanks to its magical layout and artistic touches. We offer high-quality educational toys, games and crafts that inspire play-based learning in the home and encourage positive parent/child interaction. 5
    Atira's Southwest
    Atira brings you quality garments, Old Gringo Boots, Native American Jewelry, Mary Frances purses and much more.
    La Fiesta de Taos
    July Every Year Annual celebration of the feast of Santa Ana and Santiago; featuring music, food, and dance – held on historical Taos Plaza.
    Other places to Eat & Drink
    Chokola, Noula's Coffee Shop, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
    R.C Gorman Navajo Gallery
    The largest collection of work by Navajo artist RC Gorman to be found anywhere. Though RC passed in 2005, there remains a significant group of original oil pastel drawings, original lithographs, bronzes, and giclees paper castings.
    Sage Fine Arts
    In the heart of Taos’ Historical District, on Taos Plaza, proudly represents 10 exceptional artists, creating art in beautiful Northern New Mexico.
    The Ranchos Plaza Grill
    #1 on Trip Advisor! Serves Northern New Mexico and American Cuisine in a charming relaxed setting. Best patio dining in Taos!
    Gorge Bar and Grill
    A fresh and modern approach to casual dining with a dedication to New Mexican grown foods, plus a great selection of craft beers, world wine, and premium tequila. The restaurant’s second-story patio provides spectacular views of Taos Plaza.
    cheese + charcuterie + small bites + boutique wines + craft beer + retail wine + specialty food shop Full retail bottle shop + wine bar on the Taos Plaza located underneath The Gorge Bar and Grill
    Other restaurants in Ranchos de Taos
    Other dining options in Ranchos de Taos include Oh my Garden Cafe and Market and Old Martinas Hall.
    Alley Cantina
    Located on the Plaza in what is probably the oldest building in Taos, the Alley has a rich history dating back over 400 years. Live music, menu featuring bar food favorites, games, and a lively locals and visitors scene.
    I Love Taos
    The oldest T-Shirt shop in Taos. Thousands of great shirts.
    Halloween in Taos
    October 31, Every Year Games, Prizes, Haunted House, Trunk or Treat, Children’s activities and after parties.
    Sabor - A Taste of Taos
    October Annually Noon – 4:00PM Showcasing the top Taos restaurants. Family Fun and Music for all!
    Smoke Signals
    Owned and operated by Taos Pueblo Native Dean "Little Lake" Johnson. "Little Lake" peace pipes are made to be used, but the beautiful craftsmanship involved makes each pipe a work of art. Also selling Native American music and gifts.
    Yuletide Celebrations
    November and December Every Year. Yuletide in Taos is the name we give to all the unique New Mexican celebrations that happen throughout the holiday season.
    For over 20 years, Kimosabe has showcased treasures of the American West. Pueblo pottery, vintage Navajo rugs, Native American blankets, old pawn jewelry, American Indian baskets and beadwork, vintage posters, and New Mexican folk art.
    The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery
    A boutique “tasting room” set in a renovated, historic building with a colorful past and exploding with charm, the atmosphere, and interior design make it fun to delight in the luxury of a carefully crafted cocktail.
    Taos Farmers Market
    Every Saturday May through Fall Know the food, you’ll know the place – whether you’re a tourist or a bonafide Taoseño we welcome you to one of New Mexico’s most diverse and visited farmers markets.
    More Galleries in Taos Plaza
    Touchstone Gallery, R.C.Gorman Gallery, Lombardi Antiques and Arts, Ron Larimore, Mary Stratton
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