Taos HotelsSnow dusted mountains converge above Taos’s magnificent pueblo - which has been inhabited for over 1,000 years – and this New Mexican town makes for an intriguingly varied vacation destination. Spicy Mexican food - like ground beef tacos, with a jalapeno kick - will warm you after a day hurtling down the ski slopes in the winter season, while saloon-style bars can lend you shelter from the searing sun during the scorching summer months. Things to seeVisit Taos Pueblo to meet the Native American tribe who live in this town of amazing, multistoried, adobe mud buildings. Explore as they wash clothes, and live out their lives in a dynamic UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural surroundings, and history of the area, attract talented artists to the town, and you can pick up intricate sculptures, or browse galleries of color slashed paintings, in the town center. The mountains provide Taos with a stunning backdrop, and are home to wide open ski runs, which are always generously layered with fresh, powdery snow during the ski season. Taos Ski Valley is popular, and a place where skiers and snowboarders can get their kicks in harmony. Forget worrying about lift queues – just get on with testing your technical abilities on steep, challenging runs. Red River Ski Area is another option, and whether it’s tubing, skiing or sledding, there’s always a new way to have a blast skimming over smooth snow. If skiing isn’t your bag, send your heart rate through the roof by hurtling along frothy white water rapids, deep in the jagged crack that is Rio Grande Gorge. Then, take in the hair-raising views of the rusty canyon, from a spectacular arched bridge, close to the city. Hotels in
TaosAlpine hotels, and wooden log cabins, have settled up in the mountains, and you can lock the cold firmly outside by staying in these wonderfully snug surroundings. Enjoy enthusing about the night’s pretty snowfall, while basking in the glow of an open fire, before turning in for the night. You can also drive up to the ski resorts from Taos itself, where you’ll find basic motels, and hotels adorned with eagle artwork and smooth pueblo-style exteriors. Stay at one of the town’s luxury hotels to soak in baths sprinkled with rose petals, and swim in indoor pools, surrounded by tropical plants. Ski storage, and facilities like WiFi and cable TV are offered by most Taos hotels. Where to stayTaos Plaza is a Spanish-style town square, and you’ll see bunches of red chilies drying in the sun, as they hang from balconies overlooking the square’s outdoor art sales. Taos is full of sizzling restaurants, where you can savor New Mexican food like spicy chorizo, and meatballs in rich tomato sauce. The hotels in Taos Ski Valley will be convenient if you’re here for the slopes, while Sipapu ski resort has equally dramatic descents, and a long ski season. Visit Sipapu in summer to strike golf balls into the deep blue sky, and hike across the rugged landscape, while stealthy eagles circle above. How to get to TaosA regional airport lies just outside the town, but Albuquerque’s International Airport is much easier to fly to, and offers international services. It is 136 miles away, however, so try to fly to Santa Fe airport if you can. Hop on the Taos Express bus, after landing, to be shuttled to the town. Buses regularly venture from Taos to places like Red River, which is useful for exploring without renting a car.