You can’t go wrong with a family vacation in Taos Ski Valley! Not only is there a fantastic kids ski program at the mountain, but Taos has several family-friendly runs. In the summer, your little explorers will love horseback riding and hot air ballooning and older families can look forward to experiencing whitewater rafting and mountain biking.
Taos Valley has some great dining options. Below are some favorites of our Xplore Team.
Michael’s Bistro – perfect for an authentic Southwestern breakfast
Stray Dog – locals' favorite for breakfast and lunch
Phoenix Grill – fantastic après ski and New Mexico’s highest elevation restaurant
The Bavarian – German-themed restaurant, and a great place to soak up the scenery
Sabroso – quite an experience, serving dinner and located in a 150-year-old adobe
Between Taos Ski Valley and Taos proper, there is always something going on in this corner of New Mexico!
Winter Wine Festival – last weekend in January
Spring Brewmaster’s Festival – end of March
Lilac Festival – mid-May
Taos Solar Festival – end of June
Taos Pueblo PowWow – 2nd weekend of July
Taos Barn Dance Music Festival – mid-September
Taos Wool Festival – First weekend of October
Taos Mountain Balloon Rally – last weekend of October
Just as the name suggests, Taos Valley offers incredible skiing and other winter activities. With its steep, vertical thrills, bowls and chutes, the skiing in Taos is nothing short of thrilling! If you are able to peel yourself away from the slopes for a day, be sure to explore the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by snowmobile for a different point of view.
When the snow melts, Taos Valley transforms from a wintery playground to an impressive desert landscape. Enjoy the dry heat with a hike, trail ride, adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride, or cool off and wet a line or whitewater raft on the Rio Grande or Cimarron Rivers. Take your adventure to new heights and discover why New Mexico is famous for hot air ballooning – this is an Xplore Team favorite!
Taos is full of incredible and historic sites. Probably the most famous is UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo. This massive 5-story apartment structures has been continually inhabited for over 1,000 years and has, more or less, remained the same. Be sure to also visit the iconic Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the fascinating Earthships, stunning San Francisco de Asis church and the numerous other historic sites in the Taos area.
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