• San Francisco de Asís Mission Church
  • World renowned skiing (Photo by Mike Maroney)
  • Taos Pueblo
  • The annual Taos Pow Wow at Taos Pueblo
  • Arch Bridge over the  Rio Grande
  • The church at Taos Pueblo

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 Pena, 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 trip, take 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 the Plaza, and 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 in the town of Taos 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 has started and will be good through most of the summer and possible into the Fall. There are several golf courses in the area with golfing lasting up to late November.

The town of Taos is 7000 ft above sea level and receives 325 days or more of sunshine per year, 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 ft. and receives 300 plus 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 springs dipping, site seeing, gallery hopping, museum and pueblo touring. Additionally there is 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 or go snowmobiling, sledding, cross country skiing, alpine skiing 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 Inn on La Loma Plaza 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, schedule a massage or show you on the map how to get to the hot springs. We guarantee you will have plenty to keep you busy for several days and still look forward to coming back for much more.

Dining in Taos or Taos Ski Valley is a special treat when rest and relaxation are essential in your travel plans. Five star chefs are also artists here, where they create dishes that appeal to both eye and palate.

Many chefs rely on local, organically grown produce, offering fresh greens, herbs, tomatoes, wild mushrooms, and baby squash. You'll find famous Taos green chile dishes as well as home cooked delights. Of course the wine is not to be overlooked either. There are very sophisticated wine cellars in Taos and three are recipients of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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, etc. What makes this shop special is visiting with the proprietor, who has keen observations on life in Taos NM. Other shops around the plaza feature books, artist-crafted furniture, Indian made jewelry and original works of art in the numerous galleries.

The Taos Pueblo is a must do stop on any visitor's list. You can munched 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.