Taos Lodging

Written by Abby Luttrell
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Visiting Taos, New Mexico is like stepping back into the past. The timelessness and peace of the Indian pueblo bring you into another, stress-free age. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Sangre de Christo mountains, invigorated by the altitude and mountain air, Taos is a world unto itself.

Narrow-Gauge Railroad

There are some beautiful villages near Taos that are definitely worth visiting. Chama, an old silver mining town, has old railroad yards, shops and a roundhouse. Train buffs will want to ride the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a narrow gauge coal-burning train that goes through stunning gorges in the San Juan and Sangre de Christo mountains.

Cimarron was a wild cowboy outpost, where gunfights were as notorious as prominent residents Billy the Kid and Black Jack Ketchum. Chimayo is the home of the softly colored Chimayo blankets and rugs. East of Chimayo, on State Road 76, known as the "high road" to Taos, are Cordova, which excels in woodcarving, and Truchas, home of a family of master weavers.

However Taos lodging can be difficult to find, with a limited amount of chain motels and hotels in the village of Taos, and only one condominium lodge in Taos ski valley. New Mexico hotels can be bland replicas of nationwide chains, and your best bet for Taos lodging could be vacation rentals. A recommended vacation rental service can provide you with a beautiful, private historic home, complete with Spanish or adobe design, a wood-burning fireplace and view of the mountains - the best in Taos lodging.

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