Written by Abby Luttrell
Bookmark and Share

Taos gets its name from the Indian pueblo that has been continuously occupied for centuries. A Spanish town, Don Fernando de Taos, is now a modern artistic community. The outlying Rancho de Taos was a Hispanic and Indian farming community, and its adobe mission church is famous from the photographs of Ansel Adams.

Artists Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips were painters who began this commune of artists in the early part of the 20th century. They were joined by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, her husband Alfred Steiglitz, and Ansel Adams. Georgia O'Keeffe lived most of her life in nearby Abiquiu with her home at Ghost Ranch. Tours are available by reservation, and be sure not to miss the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

Taos pueblo is a picturesque multistoried Indian community at the base of the Sangre de Christo mountains. Guided tours are available. The ruins of the original Mission of San Geronimo de Taos is near the entrance of the pueblo. The mission was established in 1598, but destroyed by U.S. troops during a revolt in 1847.

Skiing In Taos

Historic Taos trolley tours depart from the Visitors' Center, and make stops at the pueblo, as well as the historic Plaza and the San Francisco de Asis Church, built in 1816. Don't forget that among all this history, Taos has one of the best ski resorts in the west, with some of the best New Mexico hotels. With its high altitude, sunny days and light powder, Taos has become a skiers' mecca.

Bookmark and Share