Rio Grande Gorge

Remarkable Things to See in Taos

Winter, spring, summer and fall — each season will find you enthralled by the many outdoor recreational opportunities and scenic tours near our lodging in Taos, NM.

Located at the edge of two strikingly different landscapes, Taos is surrounded by the Taos Plateau to the west, including the deep Rio Grande gorge, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, and the Picuris Mountains to the south. The transition in places  is marked by dramatic vistas marked by mountains, valleys, volcanoes and rivers, all embraced by Taos’ mystical light.

It is no surprise that the siren call of creativity is matched by Taos’ lure of the outdoor enthusiast and lover. Here are some highlights of what you might find; you’ll discover additional things to see in Taos by visiting

Rafting under Taos Gorge Bridge Los Rios River Runners

Taos Rafting Adventures

Experience New Mexico's wild side with the oldest and most experienced rafting company, Los Rios River Runners. Los Rios offers a variety of outdoor rafting adventure options. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Grande or star-filled river camping trip in the majestic Rio Chama canyon wilderness. Half-day, full-day and overnight adventures are available. Visit Los Rios for details.

Available Taos Rafting Excursions: Our partner Heritage Inspirations also provides guided floats and stand-up paddleboarding experiences. Learn more on our New Mexico Advenures page.
El Santuario de Chimayo Along the High Road to Taos


Two of America's most scenic drives in any season are right here in Northern New Mexico: The High Road to Taos and the Enchanted Circle Drive. Both pass through picturesque mountain landscapes with sites of interest along the way.  The High Road winds through the historic community of Chimayo (location of the famed Santuario de Chimayo) Cordova and Las Trampas. The Enchanted Circle connects Taos with Eagle Nest, the popular resort areas of Angel Fire and Red River, and Questa.

Meanwhile the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge affords spectacular views of the deep gorge below and Taos Mesa above it, and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument features rugged landscapes dotted with volcanic cones and cut by steep canyons.

Taos Ski Valley Fun For All


Taos Ski Valley, Red River Ski Area, Sipapu Ski Resort and endless opportunity for rentals, lessons, and just plain snow fun for the entire family. During the summer months, bring (or rent) your bike, or just hike around the trails. Year-round, these are some of the best outdoor spaces for recreation in all of northern New Mexico. 


Unwind at the nearby Black Rock Hot Springs or Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs just a short drive away in Arroyo Hondo.


Bikes and horses often cross paths throughout Taos and its surroundings. From beginners to competitors, there are services and landscapes to make your stay unforgettable.


Did we mention boulders, cliffs and lots of vertical surfaces, amidst some of the most storied landscapes in the country? Local service providers will help you get started or support your more adventurous efforts.


The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Photo Tours, Pueblo Tours and Llama Adventures — local history, geography and cultures come together in a multitude of memory-making opportunities.

Our partner Heritage Inspirations provides unique excusrions and guided activities including hikes and stand-up paddleboarding. See a complete list of half-day, full-day and multi-day tours here.