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Fun Things to do or see in Taos County
- Los Rios River Runners
New Mexico's Oldest, Most Experienced Rafting Company.
- The Historic Taos Inn - Rooms, Dining and entertainment since 1936!
Among Hotels and Inns throughout NM, the Historic Taos Inn is legendary. Experience Southwestern charm and history in this quintessential New Mexico inn located in the heart of Taos' historic district. Acclaimed by National Geographic Traveler as "One of America's Great Inns," and listed on the National and New Mexico Registers of Historic Places.
- Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited structure in the United States (a nice addition to the week's theme of "home"), and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's simply and stunningly gorgeous. People still live there, without power or plumbing. They often provide tours to our Habitat visiting teams free-of-charge, as long as the tour guide is tipped well; or at a reduced rate – tell them you’re a Habitat for Humanity visiting volunteer team! It's about 10 minutes away from the center of town.
- Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
It's about a 20 minute drive from the center of town -- great place for taking pictures, especially at sunset or sunrise when the light is just so. There's a rest area at the end of the bridge with bathrooms and a picnic area, and a trailhead that offers a hike along the rim of the gorge in open-air, with no trees, just sagebrush and juniper, and neverending views.
- Manby Hot Springs
Free, fun, and very "Taos." It includes a drive along an unpaved really bumpy road, then a hike for about 20 minutes along the Rio Grande until you come upon the hot springs. Our groups love to take a dip after building all day. It's a natural hot springs with several "ponds' created by circles of rocks. Disclaimer: almost all of our visiting teams have met naked hippies at Manby Hot Springs, but don't worry -- they've always been nice naked hippies. It's truly part of the Taos Experience.
- Taos Earthships
Taos is the birthplace of solar, sustainable building and earthships are an important part of this movement, and are very unusual and interesting -- free to drive by, of course, or you can pay for a tour, and they usually provide a discount to Habitat for Humanity groups or students.
- San Francisco de Asis Mission Church
This is very close to our build site -- maybe a 10-minute drive, and easy to find, too. This is the church painted by Georgia O-Keefe and photographed by Ansel Adams.
- Taos Plaza Live
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, our town plaza hosts free live music from 6pm to 8pm, and it's a lovely evening for folks of all ages, exactly what a town plaza should be! You can sit on the grass or in chairs, or walk around the plaza while you listen to music and enjoy some people-watching.
- Llama Trekking
This is a little pricey (although they provide a discount for our Habitat groups -- it's $99 per person, or $79 per person for a group of 12 or more, $69 per person for a group of 20 or more, and you'll need to book in advance), but truly unforgettable, takes an entire day and includes a big fancy lunch. The gentleman who guides the groups is excellent with Taos and Northern New Mexican history, with geology, native plants, etc., so this is quite an educational experience. They get nothing but rave reviews from everybody on Trip Advisor. These are rescue llamas, too (yes, there is such a thing as "rescue llamas!"). Oh -- and you don't ride the llamas, they just carry your stuff and the fixings for lunch, and give you someone to talk to and pet… here's the link, and then a picture of some of our volunteers on a Llama trek.
- Hot Air Ballooning
Balloon into The Rio Grande Gorge: Very pricey -- $220 per person and up to 6 people can go up in one balloon. It's a 4-hour excursion, one hour spent in the skies, a dip into the Rio Grande Gorge, and a big brunch picnic afterwards. This outfit has a perfect safety .
- LOTS of hiking options, including some with Petroglyphs
Mark, our construction supervisor, knows lots and lots of hiking trails, and so do our local volunteers. We love to share our favorites with our visitors! There are also several places for cookouts and stargazing in the evening. Here are some of our volunteers enjoying one of MANY hikes.
- El Santuario de Chimayo
Known as "The Lourdes of America," this church is a major pilgrimage site, and the dirt is said to have healing properties. Besides that, it's beautiful and peaceful, and requires you to take a drive on "the highroad to Taos," which is quite scenic. It's about an hour away from Taos, and has a quaint family-style restaurant.
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