Taos, New Mexico Arts, History and Scenery
Taos is a gem. This beautiful town is located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, astride the deepest part of the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge. It enjoys more than 300 days of annual sunshine, breathtaking scenery and abundant wild life. Moreover, it is a haven for white-water rafters, skiers, photographers, mountain bikers and smart tourists galore. That alone makes the New Mexico town a magnet for Simply Smart Travelers seeking a great travel experience. But there is more.
Despite it being a bit off the beaten path, generations of artists and nature seekers have found a trip to Taos so rewarding that many decided to settle there. Today, it is justly renowned as an art center.
Chock full of art galleries, museums and good restaurants, it has been home or a temporary residence to renowned artists for over a century. Drawing people like Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams and their peers, the clear air, the remarkable light and the gorgeous natural vistas and the many picturesque buildings have contributed to Taos’s reputation as a significant art colony.
The Spanish colonial influence can also be felt and mixes with the New Mexico western ethos in the area’s architecture, food and shopping. The town has a thriving music scene and many restaurants serving an eclectic cuisine that is heavily influenced by the New Mexico.
Nearby, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo, continuously inhabited for over a millennium, offers guided tours that offer insights into native American life as well as beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Put it all together and today’s Taos is a multicultural, multilingual experience that attracts throngs of tourists and is a magnet for those seeking art and nature.
Before You Go, Check out:
- http://taospueblo.com/ visitingtaospueblo/
- https://www.taosskivalley. com/visit/placesofinterest/ visiting-information
Taos can be reached by highway, with regional connections to air or train terminals.
- By car, Taos is on U.S. 64, near the junction of New Mexico 68. Since Taos is off the beaten path and many attractions are spread out through the area, a car is recommended.
- By air, the nearest major airport is Albuquerque Sunport (ABQ). It is 137 miles from Taos. Santa Fe Municipal Airport is 65 miles away and has service to Dallas, Denver and Phoenix.
- By train, the nearest Amtrak station is in Lamy, New Mexico, 89 miles away.
- Taos is inland and no cruise ports are in the vicinity.