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TAOS, NEW MEXICO 87571
VISITING TAOS WITH KIDS
RECREATION & OUTDOOR PURSUITS FOR FAMILIES
Families and kids will delight in the breathtaking range of recreational activities offered in and around Taos. Fancy floating through the sky at sunrise? Riding through the mountains at dusk? Watching live music as the sun sets? Exploring the world-class art museums. You’ll find opportunities to do all this and more in the listings below. Find out what locals consider their favorite seasonal activities.
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Find out what locals consider their favorite winter activities. Check out our What's On Now section for all the special events taking place in the Taos area.
Twirl has a warm and cozy indoor playroom where families can play, craft and build together 10am-5pm daily. We also have a wonderful outdoor play area featuring a climbing structure, a tree house, sandbox and and much more. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this area for free at any time during regular hours (weather permitting).
Snow Sports: Local Ski Areas Offer More Than Just Skiing!
Taos and snow equals fun for kids! Find your warmest jacket, softest mittens and sturdy snow boots to play in the powder. Families can find an array of activities when the skies open up and the flurries fall.
Taos Ski Valley: It’s no secret that Taos is an incredible place to ski and snowboard. Taos Ski Valley offers world-class skiing and boarding with a huge range of trails for all skill levels including hike-to-terrain options with steep chutes, chokes, and rock bands, as well as the infamous hike to Kachina Peak for breathtaking views of Taos and beyond.
The ski school has constantly been rated one of the top ski schools in the country, with its series of unique children's programs, led by specially trained instructors and housed in a state-of-the-art facility that kids will be comfortable using as a "home base" during the day. Children even have their own area, pint-sized lifts, special terrain, and equipment shop. Reservations are strongly recommended for all Children's Center Programs. Call 866.968.7386 ext. 1400. www.skitaos.org.
Sipapu: 22 scenic miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico is Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, New Mexico's most family-friendly resort which prides itself on short lift lines and varied terrain for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Sipapu offers private and group snowboarding and skiing lessons for both adults and children. www.sipapunm.com
Angel Fire: With two high-speed quads, two freestyle terrain parks, a half pipe and a mountain as big as all get-out, Angel Fire Ski Area has enough to keep the family happy all winter long. www.angelfireresort.com. In addition to fantastic skiing and snowboarding, winter activities here include: Snowmobiling, Tubing, Nordic skiing, Ice skating, Sleigh rides, Snow blades, Snow skates and Ice fishing.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Terrain.
The area’s terrain parks will keep all the freestyle kids happy with a range of choice for all ages, including rainbow rails, A-frames, tabletops, breadboxes and jumps. Angel Fire Resort is popular with snowboarders thanks to its rolling pistes and nationally-acclaimed terrain park. Taos Ski Valley offers boarders the toughest terrain (Advisory: Taos Ski Valley is a Class A Avalanche Resort) For a mellower time, hit it on one of Red River’s three terrain parks, or on Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s two—a great place for beginners to board.
Tubing: Strawberry Hill, the beginner ski area in the Taos Ski Valley offers tubing in the evenings. Multiple lanes promise a fast, fun descent for all ages. A moving carpet carries you back to the top after each ride. Tickets are available at the Pit House Warming Hut, located next to the Strawberry Hill Tubing Park. Adults 18 and over $15, Children 7-17 $10, 6 and under Free. Wrap up warmly, it gets cold once the sun goes down! At Red River, you can take part in 60 minute tubing sessions starting at 4:15 for $20 per tube. Angel Fire’s Polar Coaster offers 1,000 feet of well-lit, groomed hills and a surface lift to take you back to the top and the cost is $25 for an hour and half.
Skating: Taos has a wonderful indoor skating rink that offers breathtaking views of the Taos Mountain while you skate. For only $3 for adults or $2 for children including skates, you can perfect your moves and slides during the daily Recreational Skate for all ages. In addition, there are also Adult Skate, Learn to Skate and Stick and Puck rink times. Check out their website www.taosyouth.org for full details. The Taos Youth & Family Center also plays host to the Taos Youth Hockey Association and The Taos High School Ice Tigers, so you can cheer on the local team. See www.taoshockey.com for tournament schedules. In addition, the Center offers swimming throughout the winter as well as video games and computer lab.
Skating lessons for children and adults begin Nov 5 at the Youth and Family Center. 11:00 warm up 11:15-11:45 class 11:45 practice
Special Family rates. Contact email@example.com
Cross-country Skiing. Top on the list of places to slide, glide and step is Enchanted Forest Cross-country Ski Area in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico's only full service cross-country ski and snow shoe area, offering 33km of wide, groomed trails for both classic and freestyle skiing and 15km of trails for snow shoeing, along with miles of back-country trails. Location: 3 miles east of Red River, NM on NM Highway 38; about 45 minutes from Taos.
Angel Fire Resort has a beginner, intermediate and an advanced trail with 11.5km of terrain.
And if the conditions are right and the snow is plentiful, the West Rim trail, by the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center, 15 minutes out on Rte. 64 (just south over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge), offers ten miles of flat terrain with fantastic views of the Taos Mountain and plentiful opportunity for wildlife sightings like bighorn sheep and elk. Free with your own skis.
For backcountry or cross-country skiing in The Brazos or Amole Canyon: Check in with local ski stores for rentals, directions and conditions. They even rent out high tech sleds for the littlest of snow bunnies! Hook ‘em on your waist and ski off for a beautiful day.
Sledding at US HILL: Take 518 towards Mora from Taos, and just after you pass the "Scenic Overlook", start looking out for the hill on the left hand side. It's not signposted, but you should see everyone up on the hill racing down on every kind of sled or tube you can imagine. Park in the lay by, but take care unloading with kids as it's a busy road. Free.
Ice Fishing at Eagles Nest: For more information and current ice conditions, please call Eagle Nest State Park at (505) 377-1594 or New Mexico State Parks at (800) NM PARKS for permit.
Snowshoeing: If you’d like to explore New Mexico’s winter wilderness with a naturalist guide, consider taking a tour with Taos Snowshoe Adventures. They offer 1/2 and Full Day Snowshoe Guided Snowshoe Tours, Overnight Backcountry Yurt Trips, and 2 hr. "Learn to Snowshoe" hikes, ideal for a short family excursion, or just a quick jaunt in the forest, to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in winter. Learn about local ecology, natural history, and wilderness skills. Snowshoes and poles, hot beverages and snacks included. All ages welcome because "If You Can Walk, You Can Snowshoe!" http://www.snowshoetaos.com/ Call us at 1-800-758-5262 or email us at SnowshoeTaos@aol.com.
If you rent your own snowshoes, try Italianos Trail on the Ski Valley Road or go up to Williams Lake at Taos Ski Valley for Free. And on the way down from Williams lake, a hot cocoa at the Bavarian will set you back less than $5.
Drive the Enchanted Circle: It will be like a fairytale come true. But if it’s been snowing, be sure to call NM Highway Dept. for road closures. Free
Hiking: Yes, it’s winter, but hiking is still a favorite of locals. Divisidero Trail or any of the hikes south of Taos or down to the Gorge will be aided by our abundant sunshine. Hike down to the Stagecoach Hot Springs - it might even be warm enough for a soak. Location - Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Recreation Area, northwest of Taos. Check out the great hiking books for sale at Mudd and Flood, Taos Mountain Outfitters, or local book stores. Pretty sure with a nice hello, the friendly folks at the mountain stores will just tell you their favorite spots to hike. Free
Snowmobiling: If you have your own snowmobile, then head on up towards Chama for all of the best snowmobiling tracks. Taos ski areas offer exhilarating snowmobile tours with expert guides. Cruise the peaks and ridges and take in the views safely on quality snow machines. Nothing short of spectacular, Taos area snowmobile tours will take you high and leave you breathless. Designed for family fun, with plenty of photo opportunities. Red River Ski Area offers 2-hour tours to the top of its ski area (all equipment included—boots, jackets, pants, gloves, helmets.) In the Taos Ski Valley, connect with A.A. Wilderness Adventures or Angel Fire Excursions in Angel Fire. For free-range riding in snow-filled field, try Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures between Eagle Nest and Red River 575-754-2769.
Vertigo-thrills: Check out the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge On US 64, about 12 miles NW of Taos. The steel bridge stretches across the Rio Grande Gorge, 650 feet above the river (the third highest in the US). Many park on the side to take photos and to stare down at the dizzy depth. Free
Browsing: Taos Plaza area is all lit up in the winter months and there is plenty of shopping and browsing to be done in the downtown historic district. If you haven’t been to Arroyo Seco, north of Taos, on the way to the Taos Ski Valley, it’s worth checking out. A blink and you may miss the quaint little village. Stop and stroll around, there’s lots to see.
Sleigh Rides: What better way to enjoy the winter landscape than snuggled under a blanket with the sound of sleigh bells jingling in the crisp air.
Roadrunner Tours of Angel Fire offers four daily sleigh rides through the beautiful Carson National Forest, starting the week before Christmas depending on the snowfall. Reservations recommended.
Taos Indian Horse Ranch offers sleigh rides on Taos Pueblo lands. Call: (575) 758-3212
If you need to get geared up for any of the above outdoor activities, try one of these local retailers for great equipment and friendly advice.
Taos Mountain Outfitters, Taos Plaza, 575.758.9292
Mudd N Flood 134 Bent Street 575.751.9100
Cottams Ski and Outdoor 575 758-2822 207 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
After any outdoor winter sport, treat yourself to a relaxing soak at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Children are always welcome at Ojo, but visitors should be aware that the entire Springs and Spa area is a Whisper Zone so parents are requested to supervise children at all times. In an effort to provide a quiet and tranquil experience for their guests, the Springs offer the following accommodations for children:
• Children under age 2 enter free with a parent or guardian.
• Children 12 years old and under are welcome with parental supervision from 10 am and 6 pm in the Large Pool only, and anytime in Private Pools for an additional cost. Children must be 13 years of age to enter all other pools.
• Babies and toddlers who are not potty trained are allowed in the Large Pool or Private Pools if they are wearing swim diapers.
• Please note that all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an observer 18 years or older.
50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico 87549
Arts & Culture for Families in Taos
Children can find many avenues of self-expression in Taos. Whether it’s music, visual arts, or theatre, your child can begin looking here for something to spark their creative spirit. And if you’re short on funds, here are a few ideas for some culture that won’t cost a penny. While we strive to maintain accuracy in our listings, information of this nature changes regularly, so we apologize if any of the details are incorrect. Please help us to keep this list up-to-date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any corrections or new information.
Go Walkabouts! Pick up a copy of the self-guided Historic Taos Walking Tour brochure at the Taos Visitor Center, 1139 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, 575-758-3873 and step back in time as you discover the history and lore of the Taos Historic District. Free.
SMU (Southern Methodist University) free lecture series. From the god particle to geology to stress management, SMU offers fascinating lectures at their Taos Campus. All events are free and open to the public. Lectures are held on Tuesdays in the SMU-in-Taos dining hall at 7pm. see http://www.smu.edu/Taos/Events for current schedule.
Visit an UNESCO World Heritage Site, right here in Taos. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years and the people welcome you to share their history and heritage. There is a $5 charge for adults, but children under 10 are free! Visit: www.taospueblo.com for more information.
Gallery Walks - Between the weavings, paintings and sculpture of local artists, you can gaze in a hundred galleries in our town.
Museums In And Around Taos
Museums and historic sites are not just for adults! What a great time to begin teaching your children about museum etiquette. Enjoy any of the museums of the Museum Association Of Taos for FREE on Sundays! (If you’re a NM resident with a driver’s license or proof of residency.)
Governor Bent House, 117 Bent St. 575-758-2376 for info. http://www.laplaza.org/art/museums_bent.php3
Millicent Rogers Museum – 1504 Millicent Rogers Road Museum Rd. Taos 575-758-2462. Free, docent led tours, offered on the third Sunday of every month, 1 pm. Call 575-758-2462. https://www.millicentrogers.org
Harwood Museum of Art – 238 Ledoux St Taos 575-758-9826 http://www.harwoodmuseum.org
Blumenschein Home and Museum – 222 Ledoux St. Taos 575-758-0505. http://taoshistoricmuseums.org/el-blumenschein-home/
Hacienda De Los Martinez – Lower Ranchitos Rd. 575-758-1000 http://taoshistoricmuseums.org/hacienda-de-los-martinez/
Taos Art Museum and Fechin House – 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Taos 575-758-2690. http://www.taosartmuseum.org
El Rincon Trading Post and Museum – 114 Kit Carson Rd. 575-758-9188.
Kit Carson Home and Museum – 113 Kit Carson Rd. 575-758-4945 http://www.kitcarsonmuseum.org
Historic Los Luceros – State Hwy 68 Velarde 575-852-3245. http://www.newmexicoculture.org/historic-sites/los-luceros-historic-property
Taos Pueblo – The oldest living museum in North America - 575-758-7767. http://taospueblo.com