5 “Must-See” Historical Landmarks in Taos
With so many things to do in Taos and the rich history that comes with the city, there are certain historical landmarks that are worthy of your time. Read here for our top five historical landmarks that shouldn’t be missed during your vacation.
As the city of Taos’ main attraction, Taos Pueblo is the number one historical landmark that cannot be missed when planning your trip. With 99,000 acres of land, the entire pueblo is made of adobe material detailed with turquoise doors and windows. The original adobe church welcomes you as you enter the grounds with an ominous graveyard reminding you of who once occupied this magnificent structure. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this landmark and the beauty of the Taos landscape that surrounds it.
2. Taos Plaza
Of course, staying at Hotel La Fonda de Taos you are right in the heart of Taos historic district. This historic plaza is where Spanish settlers first came and colonized the Taos Valley back in 1615. Taos Plaza once was the central meeting place in the valley decades ago and has survived several fires over the years that destroyed some of the original buildings. Today the plaza is home to thriving local businesses, restaurants, and a lively nightlife.
Visit the home of the famous D.H. Lawrence, an English writer who made New Mexico his home back in the 1920s. This was the only house him and his wife ever owned. Visitors can explore inside the home D.H. Lawrence once occupied along with a memorial chapel on the grounds. Be sure to also view the world’s only collection of the “D.H. Lawrence Forbidden Art” at Hotel La Fonda de Taos during your next visit.
Built in 1825, this house, now turned museum, still stands on its original spot it was built. Originally bought by Kit Carson himself as a gift to his wife, the home has now been turned into a museum, showcasing the timeline of Kit Carson and his life. Over the years this home has been preserved for visitors to learn about Kit Carson and the historical times for which he made famous. This is a great museum for those looking to learn a little bit more about the history of New Mexico and Kit Carson himself.
Just minutes from Hotel La Fonda, located on the main plaza of Ranchos de Taos, is the historical landmark, San Francisco de Asis Church. As one of the most photographed and loved churches in the world, San Francisco de Asis gained popularity over the years because of artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams, who were fascinated by its adobe structure. So, prop up your tripod and set your camera settings, as this is an iconic landmark that can’t be missed.
Take the time to explore these historical landmarks in Taos and complete your vacation by booking your Taos hotel room with us, at Hotel La Fonda de Taos.