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I enjoyed my brief stay at Hotel La Fonda de Taos and I will be returning. It is a beautiful historic hotel with all the modern conveniences. The location is great for walks around the plaza area and adjoining neighborhoods. The stay was very nice and the coffee shop was a great place for morning coffee and a croissant.


8 Ways to Enjoy Taos in the Fall

Taos Mountains in the fall

That time of year again when the cool crisp air makes you grab for your sweater, when pumpkin flavor smells are in the air and the trees light up the landscape with colors of yellow, orange, and red. Taos in the fall is something that should be experienced by all! Discover our different ways to enjoy Taos in the fall during your stay at the Hotel La Fonda de Taos.


Scenic Drives

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The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

An 85-mile scenic route takes travelers through Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest, Angel Fire and back to Taos. The road meanders through mountains, canyons, and ranches with views of the Moreno Valley. All the while basking in the fall colors that engulf this area during the fall. And if driving through on October 5th – 7th, stop by the Red River Oktoberfest for some German beer, food and of course lederhosen.

The High Road between Taos and Santa Fe

While this route is spectacular any time of year, it is particularly stunning during the fall. With golden shades of yellow and orange sprinkled throughout the Carson National Forest. Visit historic villages and take in views of mountainscapes as you enjoy the seasonal color.

Highway 64 to Tierra Amarillo

The 80-mile drive between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarillo is a spectacular display of Taos in the fall at its best. The road climbs to high altitudes with views of Brazos Cliffs and sprawling countryside speckled with golden aspens during their peak season.

Autumn Chairlift Ride

Hop on the Chile Express Chairlift at Angel Fire Resort and discover beautiful panoramic mountain views from 10,000 feet. Take in the fall colors at the top with a hike back down. Check here for chairlift prices and schedule.


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Sun peeks through the brightly colored Aspen trees

Climb to what is claimed to be New Mexico’s highest peak, Wheeler Peak. There are a few ways to get there: William Lake Trail and Bull of the Woods Trail. Both are considered expert trails and most likely the 16-mile routes will take all day. Other notable peak trails include Lobo Peak and Devisadero Peak Trail, both offering breathtaking views with unbelievable fall colors.


Taos is known for their art festivals and local events throughout the year, which are some of the most popular things to do in Taos. Taos in the fall is the perfect time to attend one of these colorful festivals.

Taos Fall Arts Fest

Celebrate the beauty and diverse culture of Taos with the town’s oldest festival, the Taos Fall Arts Fest. This annual event showcases local artists, both up and coming and those who have been a part of the art community in Taos for years.

Taos Wool Festival

Discover over 400 years of wool tradition with breeders and fiber artists celebrating this art form at the Taos Wool Festival. Browse the regional wool market featuring local vendors displaying their wool, fiber, yarns, and artistic creations.

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

Golden aspens in the fall aren’t the only color you’ll see in Taos in the fall. Join other spectators at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, held every year on the last full weekend in October.  A spectacle of colors can be seen covering the vista with colorful balloons dancing in the Taos sky. It is one of the best sights of Taos in the fall.

Where to stay in Taos

Hotel La Fonda de Taos is in the heart of the Taos Plaza, making us one of the best locations for enjoying all the fun things to do and see in Taos in the fall.

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Standard King Room

We have everything from a standard queen room, two-room suite, to our luxurious penthouse. Our accommodations offer both comfort and character for your Taos getaway. So book your stay with Hotel La Fonda de Taos today and discover this enchanted time of year in Taos.

Hotel la Fonda de Taos is perfectly located on the Plaza in the historic center of Taos. You can walk to all the major sites and traffic (as opposed to the highway strip where most of the other hotels are located). Our room was a decent size and very comfortably furnished with a fully equipped bathroom and excellent shower. The hotel is quiet, with very nice common areas and a friendly staff. Parking is available and right behind the hotel. We would definitely recommend it.


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