Explore Taos and the Surrounding Area

Geographically, the town of Taos New Mexico combines the high desert southwest with the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop to culture, art and history. Taos NM is an art mecca with over 100 galleries and museums, featuring works of art by such notables as R.C. Gorman, Amado Peña, and Georgia O'Keefe.
In addition to world-renowned skiing at Taos Ski Valley, you can
  • mingle with people from an ancient, thriving culture at the Taos Pueblo
  • ride "the Taos box" on the Rio Grande on a spectacular, guided raft triptake a watercolor class
  • go two-stepping
  • play golf on a beautiful course
  • explore winding mountain roads
  • ride horseback across the same deserts that inspire the artists
  • visit Taos Plaza
  • admire the spectacular views from the Rio Grande Gorge bridge at sunset

The weather is beautiful year-round in Taos, New Mexico. The temperatures are mild with only a little snow during the winter and spring, but lots of snow just a few miles away in the Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Ski area and Red River Ski area. The sky is bright blue most of the time with lots of sunshine!

The rafting season will be good through most of the summer and possibly into the fall. There are several golf courses in the area with golfing lasting up to late November.
person doing watercolor painting (hand only)
guy in hot spring by the mountain
The town of Taos is 7000 feet above sea level and receives 325 days or more of sunshine per year, along with, on average, 10 inches of rain and 35 inches of snow (mostly in January, February and March).

The Taos Ski Valley, nineteen miles away, is at 9200 feet and receives at least 300 inches of snow per year starting in November. Opening day for the Taos Ski Season is Thanksgiving day, and the season will end on the first Sunday in April.

During the spring, summer and fall, you can go 
  • horseback riding on Taos Pueblo,
  • mountain biking,
  • rock climbing or hiking in the Rio Grande Gorge or numerous mountain trails in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
  • hot spring dipping,
  • site seeing,
  • gallery hopping,
  • museum touring and
  • pueblo touring.

Additionally, there are some of the best whitewater or scenic float river rafting in New Mexico right here in Taos on the Rio Grande. Taos also has a lot of day drives to the surrounding areas such as the Enchanted Circle, O'Keefe country, Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Bandelier Cliff Dwellings or a day trip to Santa Fe via the high road.
Even in the winter, you can
  • hike down into the Rio Grande Gorge
  • snowmobile
  • sled
  • cross country ski
  • alpine ski at four resorts

as well as partake of most of all the other activities available to do in Taos.

You can always just relax and enjoy the blue skies, sunshine and magic of Taos, New Mexico at the Inn on La Loma Plaza. You can do this behind thick adobe walls in our secluded compound, just two blocks from Taos Plaza.

We will be happy to help you plan your days with activities, make reservations for a candle light dinner or tell you about the best local Mexican food restaurants. We could also schedule you a massage or show you on the map how to get to the hot springs. We guarantee you we will have plenty to keep you busy for several days, and you will still look forward to coming back for much more.
guy in red coat snowmobiling
stack of 6 old books
The core of activity in the town of Taos is the Plaza area, and one of our favorite shops is Charley's Corner. This place is presided over by a rotund legend in Taos named, you guessed it, Charley. Like many of the shops on the Plaza, you will find T-shirts, plastic luminaries, nick-knacks, prints, posters and more. What makes this shop special is visiting with the proprietor, who has keen observations on life in Taos,  NM.
The Taos Pueblo is a must-stop on any visitor's list. You can munch on delicious Indian Bread baked in the traditional earthen oven and drink cold locally made root beer from one of the vendors. You will also find beautiful pottery, furniture, moccasins, drums and other native crafts and goods at the several curio shops within the Taos Pueblo. If you have some change left, you can stop at the casino on your way out of the Taos Pueblo. Here you will find slots, blackjack, bingo, poker, and one-armed bandits that will please the gamblers in your group.

Join us at the Inn on La Loma Plaza and see all that New Mexico has to offer. 
taos pueblo, Taos, NM buildings with sand and mountains