Taos, New Mexico might not be a place that’s on your Top 10 vacation list. Most people haven’t even heard of it. However, if you’ve never seen the beauty of the American Southwest and you’re into outdoor adventures like skiing, hot air ballooning, and so forth, this is one destination that should be on your radar. Keep reading to learn everything that you need to know about Taos and how to have a great time in this little-known New Mexico getaway.
Get to Know Taos
The town of Taos was settled hundreds of years ago and has become a diverse collection of American immigrants and Native Americans, with a heavy influence from the interactions with early Spanish explorers. There is a slower pace of life here, where the air and water are crisp and clear, creating the idyllic small-town vibe that so many people seek on a relaxing vacation getaway. Also home to Taos Pueblo, a Native American community, the area has a lot to offer for visitors and locals alike. Around the town, you’ll find shopping, dining, museums, and other attractions to explore.
Skiing in Taos
If you’re looking to hit the slopes, Taos Ski Valley awaits. Situated among the Southern Rockies, this region contains some of the most picturesque terrain that you’ll find anywhere in the country. Unlike some destinations, when you ski in Taos, you’re getting a cultural experience too. There are thousands of acres of skiing in the valley, along with snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, and even snowmobiling for those who want something a little more fast-paced.
The five ski resorts in Taos offer something different for every level of skier or outdoor adventurer, including family-friendly activities and even some of the top skiing for experts. Consider taking classes or lessons to improve your skills or learn for the first time, and check out group treks and guided snowshoe hikes to explore the area in a different way. The ski resorts in the area include:
Taos Ski Resort
Situated in the heart of the Taos region, this resort is flanked by mountains, forests, and a collection of multicultural atmospheres. This resort sits in what is known as the Enchanted Circle, offering easy access to ski trails, other resorts, and even Taos town. This popular resort is ideal for families and groups, or anyone who wants to enjoy some great time on the powder.
Angel Fire Ski Resort
This resort features 72 trails, three different terrain parks, tubing, and night skiing, creating the perfect destination for a family vacation or weekend getaway when you want to find all the adventure in one place. The resort is one of the most popular in the area, featuring activities and lessons for all ages and stages, and includes everything you need for a great experience.
Red River Ski Resort
At Red River Ski Resort, visitors will find all kinds of trails and runs to explore. This is a low-key environment that makes everyone feel like family. The great thing about Red River is that there is winter and summer fun available for all ages in a warm, inviting environment that overlooks some of the best landscapes in the area.
Sipapu Ski Resort
This resort is located in Carson National Forest and offers slopeside accommodations with a low-key atmosphere, the best rates on skiing and other activities, and no lines at the lifts. Families that want something a little smaller and laid back will love this resort.
Enchanted Forest Ski & Snowshoe Area
This is the only full-service ski and snowshoe cross country region in New Mexico, offering well-maintained trails and guided tours for all ages and types of adventurers that are visiting the area.
As you can see, there’s skiing for just about everyone, all over the area. You’ll surely have no trouble finding plenty of fun runs and new ways to exhaust yourself on the slopes during your stay. Check out all of these ski areas while you’re visiting and you’re sure to have a great time.
The View from Above: Hot Air Ballooning
With the crisp, clear blue New Mexico skies and over 300 days of sunshine each year, this is the perfect place to find an aerial adventure. Hot air ballooning is a popular activity for visitors and local alike, offering tours of various landscapes and a ride through the Rio Grande Gorge. The wide-open spaces and bright blue skies are ideal for ballooning, and the breathtaking scenery is a once-in-a-lifetime view for some.
Hot air balloon tours are available from limited providers and may be subject to certain hours of operation. Riders may also have to fill out waivers for liability and safety purposes, but everyone should rest assured that hot air balloon rides are a regular occurrence here and happen dozens of times throughout the day, so safety is always a paramount concern. You’ll learn all about the history of the area and see some ancient formations, depending on which balloon or tour you choose, and there are even options available for the whole family.
Where to Stay
After a busy day of skiing or seeing the sights in a hot air balloon, you’re going to want to unwind and relax in a quiet environment. While all of the ski resorts offer their own lodging, these will likely be crowded and noisy, since it’s where most people stay. Take the relaxation in your New Mexico vacation to a whole different level by renting a private villa instead.
Luxury villas are available throughout the area with various accommodations and feature premium amenities and 24-hour concierge service, giving everyone that first-class experience on their vacation getaway. Upscale appointments, convenient access to the best areas and attractions, and more are yours when you choose a private vacation rental. Plus, you’ll enjoy the comfort of feeling like you’re right at home, even if you’re thousands of miles away.
To learn more about available properties or book a private luxury villa during your stay in Taos, visit Isle Blue.