Prepare to be amazed. One of the benefits of experiencing a quality Taos Bed and Breakfast style hotel when visiting Taos is the inside information you receive from the innkeepers. It's like having a personal concierge with information tailored to your interests. At Palacio de Marquesa we have great resources on hand regarding all Taos, NM attractions: area maps, local guides, art source books and more regarding your stay in Taos and Northern New Mexico. It will be our pleasure to assist you with any inquiries about things to do in Taos, NM.
From intense relaxation and self discovery to athletic challenges; from creative opportunities to nature-driven epiphanies; and from exposure to cultures and art both ancient and contemporary -- nothing compares to Taos attractions and activities. Long a tourism media darling, celebrated by artists and authors from around the world, you'll find that your own, personalized Taos awaits you. Come alone or bring the family, each season is distinct with delightful offerings to enthrall even the most discerning traveler.
Top Taos attractions and activitiesFollowing are some top attractions and Taos activities, but don't stop here! There is plenty more to see and do throughout Northern New Mexico including:
Cultural forays into Taos Pueblo, local Taos museums, and many workshops in arts, crafts, literature and photography.
- Rafting and river running
- Hot air ballooning
- Llama adventures
- Horseback riding
- Jeep tours
- Narrow gauge railroad riding
- Rock climbing
- and more!
Taos: a town as small as this, with as many cuisine options as it has, is its own wonder.
Here are a few top destinations but remember - the discovery doesn't stop there.
Taos Pueblo, a United Nations World Heritage Site and home to Tewa-speaking Indians.We cannot imagine coming to the Southwest and not visiting Taos Pueblo's 1,000-year-old multi-storied adobe buildings! Be sure to visit their website and/or call the Pueblo for updates on celebrations and closures.
Millicent Rogers Museum, a wonderful collection of Native American, Spanish Colonial and Hispanic arts and crafts.Everything from 200-year-old altar pieces to modern day hides paintings. The Millicent Rogers Museum also has the largest collection of Maria Martinez black-on-black pottery, the San Ildefonso Pueblo artist who was named a Living Legend during L.B.J.'s administration.
Hacienda de los Martinez, a Spanish Colonial Hacienda illustrating frontier life in the 1800s.This home was elegant in its day. What modern visitors notice, however, is the fortification of the building. During the 1800s, Comanche and Ute Indians would raid settlements for grain and livestock. The Hacienda has two interior courtyards where neighbors and their livestock would be protected during these raids. The parapet walls provided protection from arrows and gunshots while allowing the occupants to shoot at the raiding party. This is the real thing, not the Hollywood version of the West!
San Francisco de Assisi Church, an iconic, all-adobe church.San Francisco de Assisi Church has become an icon of Northern New Mexico, in no small part to Georgia O'Keeffe's painting of the back of the church, much like Monet's studies of the door of Chartes Cathedral. Besides the two primitive altar pieces, referred to as Bultos, this church is a testament to engineering with mud and timber before the advent of modern construction techniques such as levels and surveying. A mystery painting in the Parish Hall is also worth viewing. (We don't want to spoil the mystery by telling you any more about it!).
Wild Rivers Recreation Area, where the Rio Grande and the Red River converge and the gorge is at its deepest.There is an easy trail that loops around the area, and several ways to hike to the rivers' convergance. Many of our guests report that they saw only one or two other people while hiking. Taos is surrounded by great scenic beauty and we know of no other place that wows as much as the Wild Rivers Area.
Chimayo, a traditional weaving village with galleries featuring work by award-winning weavers, is where you'll find the 19th-century Santuario de Chimayo, known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest" because it attracts thousands of pilgrims seeking the "miraculous dirt" on church property, which is rumored to have healing powers.
Cordova, Truchas and Ojo Sarco, are towns with great galleries selling woodcarvings, pottery, rugs and other local arts and crafts. In Las Trampas, an 18th-century mission church is one of New Mexico's best-preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture. Pick up NM 518 at Peñasco and wind your way through the Carson National Forest to US 68 at Ranchos de Taos, where you'll see the famous San Francisco de Assisi Church, photographed and painted by many artists. From there drive back into Taos and the historic Taos Pueblo.