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.

  • Recommended RestaurantsEAT

    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 

  • Signature Local EventsCELEBRATE

    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 

  • Snowy AdventuresWINTER

    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.

  • Summer in the SouthwestFUN IN THE SUN

    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.