Harwood Museum of Art Antique Spanish Colonial Art Display

VISITING TAOS

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa is a true disovery; a spot of enchantment in an area already known for its life-altering beauty.

While staying at the highly regarded El Monte Sagrado you will benefit from the expertise of experienced hospitality professionals as they guide you through the many opportunities to connect to Taos and Northern New Mexico. We can help you customize your engagement with all Taos, New Mexico attractions: area maps, local guides, art source books and more; it is It our pleasure to help you find and enjoy things to do in beautiful, engaging Taos, NM.

Surrounded by nature offering athletic challenges and spiritual connection, Taos is recognized for a creativity that calls to artists from around the globe, and from ancient and contemporary cultures. Your stay at El Monte Sagrado is sure to exceed your expecations, and Taos will captivate you. Whether you are traveling by yourself or with family or with friends; whether you are here to relax and recharge or energize and challenge, you'll find each season in Taos offering its own delights and entertainment.

TOP TAOS ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

In addition to the many cultural forays into Taos Pueblo, local museums, retail and restaurant offerings, and a multitude of workshops in arts, crafts, literature and photography, we can make sure you cover the many things to see and do throughout Northern New Mexico's beautiful outdoors including:
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Rafting and river running
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Llama adventures
  • Horseback riding
  • Jeep tours
  • Narrow gauge railroad riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Skiing
Taos hosts a variety of exciting festivals and performances year-round. Discover what events will be taking place during your stay here.

Taos Plaza

Only a short distance from El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa is the very heart of Taos — our famed plaza.

For more than 300 years, soldiers and socialites, traders, artisans and intellectuals have strolled these ancient streets and corridors, in search of treasure. Taos Plaza boasts local jewelry and art created with respect to the old ways, by generations of craftspeople. The savvy who have settled here represent works from some of the most coveted artists in the world.

If you are in search of art as an observer, the tributaries of Taos Plaza lead you to our galleries, artist studios and many of the town’s most famous and infamous personalities.
  • Taos Plaza
  • Ledoux Street
  • Dragoon Lane (Taos Cemetery)
  • Guadalupe Plaza
  • Kit Carson Road
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Taos Canyon

Dining in Taos

Taos offers so many dining options you'll have to extend your stay just to experience it all. 
No worries! As our guest you'll benefit from discounts on the best things to do in Taos and around New Mexico.
We've partnered with our favorite local restaurants, shops, galleries, attractions and bars to provide you, our guest, an exclusive 15% discount.
This program is available for all Heritage Hotels & Resorts guests in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Taos staying at any of our distinct properties.

Get an exclusive 15% discount at these participating businesses:

TAOS PUEBLO, A UNITED NATIONS WORLD HERITAGE SITE AND HOME TO TEWA-SPEAKING INDIANS.

We cannot imagine coming to the Southwest and not visiting Taos Pueblo's 1,000-year-old multi-storied adobe buildings! Be sure to visit their website and/or call the Pueblo for updates on celebrations and closures.

MILLICENT ROGERS MUSEUM, A WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF NATIVE AMERICAN, SPANISH COLONIAL AND HISPANIC ARTS AND CRAFTS.

Everything from 200-year-old altar pieces to modern day hides paintings. The Millicent Rogers Museum also has the largest collection of Maria Martinez black-on-black pottery, the San Ildefonso Pueblo artist who was named a Living Legend during L.B.J.'s administration.

HACIENDA DE LOS MARTINEZ, A SPANISH COLONIAL HACIENDA ILLUSTRATING FRONTIER LIFE IN THE 1800S.

This home was elegant in its day. What modern visitors notice, however, is the fortification of the building. During the 1800s, Comanche and Ute Indians would raid settlements for grain and livestock. The Hacienda has two interior courtyards where neighbors and their livestock would be protected during these raids. The parapet walls provided protection from arrows and gunshots while allowing the occupants to shoot at the raiding party. This is the real thing, not the Hollywood version of the West!

SAN FRANCISCO DE ASSISI CHURCH, AN ICONIC, ALL-ADOBE CHURCH.

San Francisco de Assisi Church has becoming an icon of Northern New Mexico,  in no small part to Georgia O'Keeffe's painting of the back of the church, much like Monet's studies of the door of Chartes Cathedral. Besides the two primitive altar pieces, referred to as Bultos, this church is a testament to engineering with mud and timber before the advent of modern construction techniques such as levels and surveying. A mystery painting in the Parish Hall is also worth viewing. (We don't want to spoil the mystery by telling you any more about it!).

WILD RIVERS RECREATION AREA, WHERE THE RIO GRANDE AND THE RED RIVER CONVERGE AND THE GORGE IS AT ITS DEEPEST.

There is an easy trail that loops around the area, and several ways to hike to the rivers' convergance. Many of our guests report that they saw only one or two other people while hiking. Taos is surrounded by great scenic beauty and we know of no other place that wows as much as the Wild Rivers Area.

AROUND TAOS

Chimayo, a traditional weaving village with galleries featuring work by award-winning weavers, is where you'll find the 19th-century Santuario de Chimayo, known as the "Lourdes of the Southwest" because it attracts thousands of pilgrims seeking the "miraculous dirt" on church property, which is rumored to have healing powers.
Cordova, Truchas and Ojo Sarco, are towns with great galleries selling woodcarvings, pottery, rugs and other local arts and crafts. In Las Trampas, an 18th-century mission church is one of New Mexico's best-preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture. Pick up NM 518 at Peñasco and wind your way through the Carson National Forest to US 68 at Ranchos de Taos, where you'll see the famous San Francisco de Assisi Church, photographed and painted by many artists. From there drive back into Taos and the historic Taos Pueblo.

Visit  TAOS.ORG for additional information on visiting Taos.