Take a moment to explore Taos and discover the beauty, the culture, the people that make Taos and Northern New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Seated on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is rich with art and steeped in history. Home to Taos Pueblo, the Village of Taos Ski Valley and a colorful array of surrounding communities, Taos County has something for everyone. To help you plan your visit to Taos, here are a few basic facts about our city.

With a population of 5,000 primarily Hispanic, Anglo and Native American people, Taos was named for the people that inhabited the area over 1,000 years ago and still occupy the world famous Taos Pueblo. The greater Taos area reaches 30,000 when encompassing the surrounding towns and villages of Ranchos de Taos, Red River, Questa, Canyon, Ranchitos, and El Prado. Taos serves as the County Seat of Taos County.

Situated at 7,000 feet in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains, it was founded between 1610 and 1612 by Fray Francisco de Zamora who built the Mission de San Geronomio.

Like Santa Fe to the south, Taos has long been a center for arts and culture. Ernest Blumenschein wrote after seeing Taos for the first time, “…New Mexico inspired me to a profound degree.” The Taos art legacy lives today. Like Blumenschein and other creative luminaries such as Ansel Adams, DH Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Thomas Wolfe, new generations of enthusiastic artists are inspired and gripped by the beauty that is Taos and northern New Mexico.

E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum
222 Ledoux Street, 575-758-0505
Summer Hours – June 1 – November 30:
10-5 Monday – Saturday
12-5 Sunday
Please call for winter hours

Taos Art Museum & Fechin House
227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-2690
Summer Hours:
10-5 Tuesday – Sunday
Closed Monday and Holidays
Please call for winter hours

La Hacienda de los Martinez Museum
708 Hacienda Way (off of Lower Ranchitos Road), 575-758-0505 Summer Hours – June 1 – November 30:
10-5 Monday – Saturday
12-5 Sunday
Please call for winter hours

The Harwood Museum of Art
238 Ledoux Street, 575-758-9826
Summer Hours – Memorial Day through Labor Day:
10-5 Monday – Saturday
12-5 Sunday
Winter Hours:
10-5 Tuesday – Saturday
12-5 Sunday
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

The Millicent Rogers Museum
1504 Millicent Rogers Road, 575-758-2462
Summer Hours:
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 5:00
Closed Mondays November through March
Closed Easter Sunday, San Geronimo Feast Day (Sept. 30th), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.


Taos also boasts an abundance of outdoor activities ranging from golf to Llama Treks!

Rent a bicycle, hunt, fish, hike, river raft or try your luck at the Taos Pueblo Casino.

Taos Ski opens from Thanksgiving through Easter, and you can hike and bike year-round. You can also enjoy river rafting, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, fly-fishing, hunting, bicycling, and even Llama Treks! When you’re ready to relax and rejuvenate, choose from an array of spa services, including massage, facials, hot tubs and herbal wraps, offered around the Village.

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