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Activities

Explore Taos

Whether you visit Taos for its restorative natural beauty, historic and vibrant art scene or are after the adrenaline rush of extreme sports, you can find things to do in Taos, NM any time of year. Our location on the expansive desert mesa, below the magnificent mountain terrain of the Sangre de Cristos, offers unlimited possibilities to explore the beauty of the Southwest. Stroll through one of the town's several museums and art galleries, theaters, scenic attractions, festivals and craft fairs. Or you can simply "be" and absorb the clean air and blue skies. See below for area activities surrounding the hotel to enjoy during your stay on our town of Taos, NM map.

D.H. Lawrence Forbidden Art

Don't miss one of the most interesting Taos, New Mexico art galleries! Today the Hotel La Fonda de Taos is the only place worldwide to view the "D. H. Lawrence Forbidden Art" collection. It consists of nine oil paintings that were confiscated by police in 1929 from the Dorothy Warren Gallery in London. At that time, Lawrence's reputation was shrouded in negative publicity from the suppression of his novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) and the...

Art Classes

With such a rich history of artisty, take some time to learn from the best and be inspired by the beauty of the Taos area with an art class or workshop. Visit a Taos art school or local artists, many of whom open their doors and welcome in visitors, from beginners to professionals to share in the experience of creation. Enrich your getaway to Hotel La Fonda de Taos with a variety of mediums. Practice with paint, clay, metal, wood, photographs,...

Art Galleries

Taos is known at the center for the classic art of the American Southwest. Many famous artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Ansel Adams have be inspired by the area over the years. Hotel La Fonda de Taos itself is home to a unique collect from D.H. Lawrence. Taos art galleries are also just steps from the hotel and our spot on the plaza. Whether a collector or simply admirer, be sure to spend time strolling through the galleries and admiring the...

ATV Adventures

The scenic high desert that has long inspired poets and artists of Taos also makes for a thrilling day of off-road adventuring by ATV or jeep. Several companies that offer the guides and equipment for a tour of this beautiful landscape are located in Red River, New Mexico—less than 50 minutes from Hotel La Fonda by car. The way there forms part of the famed Enchanted Circle scenic byway, which you can complete on the way home from your ATV adventure...

Day Trip Drives

Taos is an area where centuries of history and art intersect, yet it's less than 90 minutes from Santa Fe and other major cities and attractions. There are many ways to sample the history of this region, or simply appreciate the beautiful scenery that surrounds us during one of the fun ideas we have for New Mexico day trips before returning to Hotel La Fonda de Taos for the night. One of the simplest ways to begin exploring is by following the...

de Asis Church

The Historic San Francisco de Asis Church less than 10 minutes from our hotel in Ranchos de Toas. One of the most photographed and painted churches in the world, it is also home to the famous painting "Shadow of the Cross"—a mystery to behold. Made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams, the church thrives in the midst of a community of shops, galleries, trading posts, restaurants and more. The church is open for visiting hours select days of...

Burritos from a roadside stand, green-chili cheeseburgers, world-class cuisine—they can all be found among the 50+ Taos, New Mexico restaurants. Many eateries in Taos also showcase live music from Celtic to flamenco, jazz to blues. You’re never far from the art that is Taos, evidenced by an ever-changing parade of local art that hangs in many restaurants. Our hotel staff can make reservations and recommend some of the great Taos restaurants!

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Fly Fishing

Taos fly fishing is a yearlong activity you should not miss out on! Fish in the Red River for wild "cutbows" in the winter with the warm New Mexico Sun shining down or fish in a high mountain stream in the summer! Hotel La Fonda De Taos has teamed up with Solitary Angler. They will guide you on a half day or full day fishing tour of the northern New Mexico pristine trout waters! After an exciting day of fishing, return to the history Hotel La Fonda...

Hotel la Fonda de Taos is the perfect retreat to return to after a good game of Taos golf during your visit to the area. There are many courses in the area that are open to the public and provide varied challenges for every skill level. The closest is Taos Country Club at Rancho De Taos, about 15 minutes from our Taos hotel. This course embraces its New Mexico location by including classic desert features in its design: arroyos (a dry creek or...

Connect with nature by hitting the trails with some Taos hiking. There are more than 50 hiking and walking trails accessible within an hour of Taos, making this the perfect destination for anything from a scenic walk to strenuous mountain climb. Taos is a beautiful, high country area, so remember to be conscious of the altitude by drinking plenty of water and waiting a day or two after your arrival before physical activity. Find more information and...

Horseback Riding

Feel the spirit of the old west and see the beautiful scenery of New Mexico with a Taos horseback ride during your visit to Hotel La Fonda de Taos. Just one of the fun ways to experience an area known for its serenity, there are many horseback trail ride outfitters in town. Go for a family-friendly one hour ride or all day adventure through the peaks and valleys while spotting rustic wildlife along the way.

Hot Air Ballooning

A Taos hot air balloon ride means a chance to see majestic, 360-degree high-altitude views from a remarkably calm and safe vantage point. It’s a perfect way to explore Taos and the New Mexico landscape during a stay at our hotel, and with two different companies in the area to choose from, it’s easy to arrange one before you visit! There is Pueblo Balloon and Eske’s Paradise Balloons here in town. Flights begin around sunrise, and usually make a...

Hot Springs

Powerful forces stir beneath the surface of Taos and Hotel La Fonda. Our location adjoins the Rio Grande rift, a feature of geology that has created stunning landmarks like the Rio Grande Gorge and several dormant volcanoes nearby. We have the rift to thank for New Mexico's abundance of natural hot springs, including two that are within a short drive of our Taos lodging! The first of these is Mamby Hot Springs, named for the traveler and con artist...

Local Artists

More than a hundred years ago, six painters founded the Taos Society of Artists and our local art community is still thriving today. Artistic specialties in Taos include ceramics, paint, jewelry, sculpture, film, theater, music, and even artisan food. There are more than 80 art galleries and six museums in our town. Taos has inspired many artists, some just passing through and some choosing to make Taos their home. Read through some of the Taos...

Mountain Biking

The natural beauty and open spaces of Taos are perfect for any sort of bike rider. Take a ride around town or pack on the adrenaline with advanced mountain biking through the mountains and valleys of northern New Mexico. Taos mountain biking trails are open during the summer season and are an excellent way to take in the beauty of the area. If road biking is more your style, the area is also home to many paved routes with varied terrain. Bring your...

On your next trip, be sure to make time for a Taos art museum. Explore the rich history of Taos, its settlers, and its communities throughout the years at the area’s best collections. Taos museums provide a fascinating glimpse into what has made the Southwest and the Taos area what it is today. Ernest Blumenschein lived in Taos with his family for over 40 years and founded the Taos Society of Artists. Learn about his home in the early 20th century...

Over millions years, the mighty Rio Grand carved its way through the cover basalt flows of the Taos Volcano Plateau to form the Rio Grande Gorge. At over 600 feet deep at some points, the gorge is both impressive to look at and a perfect location for Taos rafting! While the most spectacular views can be found atop the gorge and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the best way to experience this grandeur is to venture through the gorge on a Taos river...

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

On its way to Mexico, the Rio Grande River passes through Rio Grande Gorge, an 800-foot chasm made all the more dramatic by its sudden appearance amid the desert landscape northwest of Taos. Plain on the surface, this area's sedimentary history is revealed by the gorge's layered rock formations and spectacular scenery, enhanced by the local wildlife, can also be found here. A trip to the Gorge is a must-do while visiting Taos—and that includes a...

Rock Climbing

The Southwest is known for its beautiful rock formations and natural scenery. Get up close with a Taos rock climbing adventure during your next trip to Hotel La Fonda de Taos. Get up high for sweeping views of mountains, rivers, cliffs, and forested areas. Local guides are available to take you out and get you “learning the ropes” in the Taos area. They’ll even provide the equipment and transportation to prime climbing spots. Whether you’re a...

The Taos plaza, right out the doors at Hotel La Fonda de Taos, is the heart of town and center of the historic district. Gather here and stroll the streets in search of unique finds in one of the many shops or art galleries. Local purveyors have everything from small art studios, to outdoor equipment, souvenirs, historic items, apparrel and more. Take home a one-of-a-kind piece to remember your trip to beautiful Taos, New Mexico by. For younger...

While Taos is often thought of as a summer getaway, winters here bring plenty of snow: enough to make three different ski resorts within a 45-minute drive of our Taos hotel! Taos Ski Valley, the closest, is just a half hour’s drive from town. A full-size mountain with 13 lifts, Taos Ski Valley offers access to over a thousand acres of terrain, including a hike up Kachina Peak of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Don’t worry about too-difficult slopes,...

Taos Plaza

To find the heart and soul of Taos you don’t have to look much further than our plaza. Settled over 400 years ago by Spanish colonists, it still retains its original shape, though not its original use. Designed for defense with entrances that could be easily barricaded during colonization, the plaza of today is open with gardens, shops, and is of course anchored by the Hotel La Fonda de Taos. The Spanish had established a good relationship with the...

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just down the road from our Taos, New Mexico lodging! Three miles from us sits this Native American community that has been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. Made of adobe, this site is open to visitors most days of the year and features ceremonial dances, feast days and celebrations open to the public. Find more information at taospueblo.com.

Wineries & Breweries

There are some wonderful New Mexico wineries you can visit during your travels to Taos. A few of them are easily accessible if you’re heading toward Taos from Albuquerque, so be sure to make a stop along the way. Many wineries also have tasting rooms right in The Plaza outside our door.