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New Mexico Road Trip Part 2: To Taos!

Taos enroute - shrink

In northern New Mexico you’ll find the ski town of Taos.  Visiting in the heat of summer, the town takes on a different vibe with lots of outdoor activities from fishing and rafting to mooching around the Plaza and buying too much turquoise jewellery.

How did we get to Taos?

From Santa Fe, Taos is a 90 minute drive.  We decided to take a slight detour as we wanted to visit the mysterious town of Los Alamos.  Whilst you can’t sneak into secret government laboratories, you can orient yourself at the Los Alamos Historical Museum (there’s even scientist dress up clothes for kids).  Then head down to the road to the Bradbury Science Museum and learn all about the Manhattan Project. There’s a small interactive area for the kids too.

Pretending to be a secret scientist...

Pretending to be a secret scientist…

What is there to do in Taos?

  • Learn to live off the grid!  A short drive out-of-town brings you to a community of earthships. These are people who have chosen to live in radically sustainable buildings, the most interesting houses you’ll ever see.  The Visitors Centre gives you a fascinating insight into these clever structures and if you’re lucky, a local might take you on a tour of their home.

    I would love to live in an Earthship!

    I would love to live in an Earthship!

  • If you’re a geography geek, you will love the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the 7th highest in the USA.
    Taos - Bridge
  • Wandering around the Plaza and the galleries in the historic centre of Taos.
  • A visit to Taos Pueblo is an absolute must.  The only living Native American community designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark.  Try to join one of the regular tours (outdoors so bring your sunscreen/sunhat).  You are allowed to wander around at your leisure and there are several shops selling Native American crafts and foods.  
    Taos Pueblo - shrink
  • We didn’t do this as my kids are too young but I would have loved to go whitewater rafting at Taos Box (although I think skills may be required!)

Where did we eat?

  • Delicious coffee and muffins at the Coffee Spot
  • Our second best green chile cheeseburger of the trip at 5star burgers
    Taos Burger - Shrink
  • All natural Ice cream at the Taos Cow (in Arroyo Seco, a 20 minute drive from Taos)
  • Mexican food in a pretty outdoor setting at Orlando’s

 Where did we stay?

I originally booked a motel room at El Pueblo Lodge which had great reviews on Tripadvisor. Then I had a change of heart about 2 weeks before our trip and decided to see what would be available on airbnb.  For the same price as the hotel room, I got a 2 bedroom lodge with the added bonus of kids toys!  I was really pleased with our decision to stay there as it was great to have the additional living space and also unlimited use of a washer/dryer…  Should you wish, you can even rent an earthship for the night!

 

For more on our New Mexico road trip check out:

Part 1 – Santa Fe

A review of the Four Seasons Santa Fe

 

1 comment

  1. Living Valencia apartements

    The community of earthships is very similar to Guadix ( a small town in Granada (Spain). Interesting post.

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