TAOS OUTDOORSWinter, 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.
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. 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.