15 Things to do in Taos, New Mexico [With Suggested 3 Day Itinerary]

By Fatima Turla June 8th, 2021 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

This town in New Mexico is a must-visit for people who want to have a relaxing vacation. Full of history, going here feels like stepping back in time. Museums, parks, landmarks, etc. Anyone would love wandering around here. Even driving is another way to enjoy your journey! You’ll find lots of attractions along the way. 

15 Things to do in Taos, New Mexico
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So if you’re wondering about the things that you should do and visit in Taos, New Mexico, we listed them down for you! This might help you with your trip.

Best Things to do in Taos, New Mexico

1. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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This bridge requires a short drive from Taos. when you reach it, you’ll be stunned by how beautiful this bridge is. Being the 5th highest bridge in the United States. About 650 ft above the Rio Grande, it gives an amazing view of the place. A short stop here for pictures are worth it.

Suggested Tour: Taos Private Driving Tour

2. Taos Pueblo

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A great historical site. Taos Pueblo is both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. If you’re interested to know about the history of Taos Pueblo Indian Tribe, then this is the place to be. Very informative plus some people still live there. Just a quick tour here is a must.

Suggested Tour: Taos Highlights Small-group Driving Tour

3. High Road to Taos

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This is a fantastic road trip through New Mexico. You’ll see a lot of stunning views on the way to Taos. If you’re fond of driving, then this activity will satisfy you. But of course, don’t just spend your time driving. Take time to stop and appreciate the views and take pictures. You will also see local art galleries and restaurants along the way.

4. Enchanted Circle Drive

 

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If you want another driving experience, you should try that in Enchanted Circle Drive. You will definitely have a wonderful day full of small mountain towns to visit and enjoy. Stop by and go on a picnic or enjoy your lunch in some of the historic places. 

5. Millicent Rogers Museum

 

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After going here at the Millicent Rogers Museum, you’ll surely gain a lot of information about the Native American. This museum is filled with 5000 pieces of Native American and Hispanic art, including furnishings, paintings, pottery and a collection of Native American jewelry.

6. Williams Lake

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This looks like an easy hike but actually challenging. On the way up, you’ll be greeted by wonderful views, and if you’re lucky enough, you can also see marmots. If you’re in for a heavy hike, try it here!

7. Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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Expect amazing scenery as you drive along here. The view from the bridge is worth the drive. You don’t have to spend so much time here as a quick stop is enough to appreciate the gorgeousness of this place. 

8. Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Another scenic view in Taos, New Mexico. The ideal place to go for a hike or an easy mountain bike ride in the area. So if ever you’re in the Rio Grande, make a stop here, There are hiking trails and lots of opportunities for photography. 

Suggested Tour: Rio Grande Gorge Balloon Ride

9. Earthship Visitor Center

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See cool looking building at the Earthship Visitor Center. The place is very interesting and informative. It is also a self-guided tour unless you reserve 2 weeks in advance. One of the recommended places to visit in Taos.

10. La Hacienda de Los Martinez

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Step back in time at La Hacienda Del Los Martinez or Martinez Hacienda. This hacienda was built during the Spanish Colonial. You can do a self-guided tour and observe some cool artifacts. Containing a great history, you’d learn a lot by going to this place!

11. Taos Art Museum

 

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Inside Taos Art Museum, you’ll see Fechin’s art. The building itself is art alone. If you want to see great architecture with amazing works of art, just visit the Taos Art Museum. No time would be wasted here.

12. San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

 

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A beautiful old church. Its unique architecture is very eye-catching. There is also a small gift shop located here that contains mostly religious stuff. If visiting old churches is one of your travel goals, you should add this one! Reall well worth it. 

13. Taos Visitor Center

 

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A very informative center for all visitors. A friendly staff is more than willing to accommodate you and answer your questions regarding your trip to Taos. You can also buy souvenirs as they have a gift shop here. 

14. Taos Drums

 

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Get to see handmade drums in Taos Drums. Inside, you’ll find a full factory and great display of all types of drums. You can even try beating these drums, even those traditional ones. It also includes a gift shop.

15. Black Mesa Winery

 

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Black Mesa Winery’s tasting tour offers 100% New Mexico wines by the taste. If you’re craving a great wine during your trip, this is a must! 

Things to do with 3 days in Taos, New Mexico

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Day 1 in Taos, New Mexico

High Road to Taos Going to Taos is already a fun and exciting experience. High Road to Taos offers would welcome you with great and stunning views on the way to the town. 

Taos Visitor Center Plan your trips ahead at Taos Visitor Center. By going here, you could get help with the things to do and places to visit in Taos. 

Taos Pueblo Be well informed about the history of Taos Pueblo Indian Tribe in Taos Pueblo. You’ll get to know interesting facts about them, and you’ll also see amazing artifacts.

Day 2 in Taos, New Mexico

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Your Taos trip won’t be complete if you will not go here. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the most popular attraction in the town. The 5th highest bridge in the United States will give you such spectacular views. Never miss the chance to go here.

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Upon visiting the bridge, you might encounter this monument. Stop here for a moment to appreciate the beauty it has.

Day 3 in Taos, New Mexico

Black Mesa Winery On your last day, spend your time tasting some of the best wines in New Mexico. The tasting tour is worth every penny. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Taos, New Mexico

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1. Is it safe to travel to Taos, New Mexico?

Visiting Taos is relatively safe for tourists. However, since the town is mostly full of nature, nature-related incidents might happen. You need to pay extra careful when visiting each attraction.

2. When is the best time to visit Taos, New Mexico?

The peak season in Taos is summer. During this time, a lot of tourists come. You should expect that each attraction would be crowded. If you don’t like crowded areas, you should avoid going in the summer season. You can go in late spring or fall.

3. How to get to Taos, New Mexico?

The nearest airport in Taos is the Santa Fe Municipal Airport. It is about 80 miles from Taos. Unfortunately, only a few airports in the US offer a direct flight going there. You need a connecting flight before you could enter Taos, New Mexico. Visit Skyscanner to see more available flights. 

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Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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