Gorge Bridge Over the Rio Grande
TAOS AND THE REMARKABLE OUTDOORS
Winter, spring, summer and fall — each season will find you enthralled by the many outdoor recreational opportunities and scenic tours in Taos.

Located at the edge of two strikingly different landscapes, Taos is surrounded by the Taos Plateau to the west, including the deep Rio Grande gorge, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, and the Picuris...read more
TAOS AND THE REMARKABLE OUTDOORS
Winter, spring, summer and fall — each season will find you enthralled by the many outdoor recreational opportunities and scenic tours in Taos.

Located at the edge of two strikingly different landscapes, Taos is surrounded by the Taos Plateau to the west, including the deep Rio Grande gorge, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, and the Picuris Mountains to the south. The transition in places  is marked by dramatic vistas marked by mountains, valleys, volcanoes and rivers, all embraced by Taos’ mystical light.

It is no surprise that the siren call of creativity is matched by Taos’ lure of the outdoor enthusiast and lover. Here are some highlights of what you might find.read less
Rafting on the Rio Grande Los Rios River Runners

Taos Rafting Adventures and Floats

Experience New Mexico's wild side with the oldest and most experienced rafting company, Los Rios River Runners. Los Rios offers a variety of outdoor rafting adventure options. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Grande or star-filled river camping trip in the majestic Rio Chama canyon wilderness. Half-day, full-day and overnight adventures...read more

Taos Rafting Adventures and Floats

Experience New Mexico's wild side with the oldest and most experienced rafting company, Los Rios River Runners. Los Rios offers a variety of outdoor rafting adventure options. Take a whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Grande or star-filled river camping trip in the majestic Rio Chama canyon wilderness. Half-day, full-day and overnight adventures are available. Visit Los Rios for details.

Available Taos Rafting Excursions:
Our partner Heritage Inspirations also offers guided water excursions and stand-up paddleboarding opportunities. See more on our New Mexico Adventures page.read less
El Santuario de Chimayo Visit it along the High Road to Taos

SCENIC DRIVES

Two of America's most scenic drives in any season are right here in Northern New Mexico: The High Road to Taos and the Enchanted Circle Drive. Both pass through picturesque mountain landscapes with sites of interest along the way.  The High Road winds through the historic community of Chimayo (location of the famed Santuario de Chimayo) Cordova and Las Trampas. The...

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SCENIC DRIVES

Two of America's most scenic drives in any season are right here in Northern New Mexico: The High Road to Taos and the Enchanted Circle Drive. Both pass through picturesque mountain landscapes with sites of interest along the way.  The High Road winds through the historic community of Chimayo (location of the famed Santuario de Chimayo) Cordova and Las Trampas. The Enchanted Circle connects Taos with Eagle Nest, the popular resort areas of Angel Fire and Red River, and Questa.

Meanwhile the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge affords spectacular views of the deep gorge below and Taos Mesa above it, and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument features rugged landscapes dotted with volcanic cones and cut by steep canyons.

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Fishing in New Mexico With Expert Guides

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO FISHING ADVENTURES

Explore the great fisheries of Northern New Mexico with expert guides from Los Rios. The diverse waters of New Mexico include high alpine lakes and small mountain streams to the Rio Grande. Serious fly-fishermen can take float and wade trips. A special family program for kids can teach the young ones how to fish as well. Half-day, full-day and...read more

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO FISHING ADVENTURES

Explore the great fisheries of Northern New Mexico with expert guides from Los Rios. The diverse waters of New Mexico include high alpine lakes and small mountain streams to the Rio Grande. Serious fly-fishermen can take float and wade trips. A special family program for kids can teach the young ones how to fish as well. Half-day, full-day and overnight fishing trips are available. 
  • Price based on type of trip but starts at $175
  • Available year round
  • Transportation not provided
  • Advanced purchase required
  • To book, call Los Rios River Runners at 800-544-1181
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Taos Rio Grande Gorge

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' convergence. 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...read more

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' convergence. 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. Please visit BLM.gov for more information.read less

HOT SPRINGS & SPA

Unwind at the nearby Black Rock Hot Springs or Stagecoach (Manby) Hot Springs, both a short drive away in the town of Arroyo Hondo.

RIDING

Bikes and horses often cross paths throughout Taos and its surroundings. From beginners to competitors, there are services and landscapes to make your stay unforgettable.

CLIMBING

Did we mention boulders, cliffs and lots of vertical surfaces, amidst some of the most storied landscapes in the country? Local service providers will help you get started or support your more adventurous efforts.

EXCURSIONS

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Photo Tours, Pueblo Tours and Llama Adventures — local history, geography and cultures come together in a multitude of memory-making opportunities.

Our partner Heritage Inspirations provides unique excusrions and guided activities including hikes and stand-up paddleboarding. See a complete list of half-day, full-day and multi-day tours here.