Local Attractions

Things to See and do While in the Taos Area

Excursions (estimated time):

  • Visit the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on Hwy 64 West, free, (30 minutes)
  • Visit the Earthship Houses, ~2 miles west of the Gorge Bridge, ~$5 per person, (30-45 minutes)
  • Visit Taos Pueblo, northeast of the Plaza, ~$10/person + camera fees, (1-3 hours)
  • Visit the Lumina Gallery, outdoor sculpture garden, northeast of the Plaza at Taos Ski Valley Road and State Road 230, free, camera fee, (30-60 minutes)
  • Visit the San Francisco de Asis Church, ~$3 "donation" if you watch the film of the building of the church and the mystery painting (includes view of painting), on Hwy 68 near Hwy 518, (45 minutes)
  • Walk the Plaza area, shops/galleries/restaurants, including R.C. Gorman's Navajo Gallery on Ledoux Street, ~ 1 block southwest of the Plaza
  • 'People watch' from the patio at the Adobe Bar, in the Taos Inn, on Paseo del Pueblo Norte near the Plaza
  • Drive the scenic Enchanted Circle (Hwy 64 East/38/522) - Vietnam Memorial near Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Elizabethtown ghost town, Red River. Side trips: La Junta Point (NE of Questa), D.H. Lawrence Ranch (between Questa and Taos), Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (on 64 East), (2-7 hours)
  • Visit the Museums, ~$5 each or buy a $20 pass for all of them:

    • Millicent Rogers Museum, near Hwy 64 East, north of the Plaza (1-2 hours)
    • Governor Bent Museum, on Bent Street, north of the Plaza, (30-60 minutes)
    • Kit Carson Museum, on Kit Carson/Hwy 64, east of Plaza, (30-60 minutes)
    • Harwood Museum, on Ledoux, southwest of the Plaza, (1 hour)
    • Blumenschein Home, on Ledoux, southwest of the Plaza, (30-60 minutes)
    • Martinez Hacienda, on Ranchitos, southwest of the Plaza, (30-60 minutes)
    • Fechin Institute, on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, north of Plaza, (30-60 minutes)

 

Places to eat (that are near the plaza)

  • Bent Street Deli, on Bent Street, one block north of the Plaza
  • Café Renato, on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, a few doors north of the Taos Inn
  • Doc Martin's, on Paseo del Pueblo Norte, in the Taos Inn
  • Eske's Brew Pub, in the southeast corner of the parking lot that is east of the plaza, near Des Georges Place Street
  • The Alley Cantina, between the plaza and Bent Street
  • Antonio's, behind the plaza (corner of Don Fernando and La Placita)

 

Places to grab a drink or coffee

  • Wired (coffee and cyber cafe), south of the Plaza behind Albertson's grocery store, Paseo de Pueblo Sur and La Posta
  • Café Renato (best Italian restaurant in town, beer/wine), on Paseo del Pueblo Norte just north of the plaza, a few doors north of The Taos Inn
  • Eske's Brew Pub (even makes his own root beer, beer/wine), in the southeast corner of the parking lot that is east of the plaza, near Des Georges Place Street
  • The Adobe Bar (full bar, good margaritas), in The Taos Inn on Paseo de Pueblo Norte just north of the plaza

The Visitor's Center is located on the south end of town on Hiway 68.