Taos Ski Valley, the granddaddy of all New Mexico skiing areas, opened in 1957. The resort has some of the most challenging slopes in the country with a majority of expert rated slopes. Hint: To get the most out of your skiing, be sure to pay attention to the signs at the base of each lift. They show the waiting waiting times at the other lifts.
Here is the Taos Ski Valley skiing site that has all of the information you need to have a fabulous time skiing and/or snowboarding at TSV. Casa-de-Toro is only 3.5 miles from the slopes.
There are 8 principal hiking trails in the Taos Ski Valley. Some are appropriate for horseback riding (contact A.A. Taos Ski Valley Wilderness Adventures for more information) and for snowshoeing during the winter. The trails are listed according to their proximity to the Taos Ski Valley resort. In other words, Yerba is the first trail you encounter when you enter the valley, Manzanita is the second, etc., while The Wheeler Peak/Bull-of-the-Woods Trail starts at the resort parking lot. By the way, many descriptions mention "Twining". Twining was a small abandoned copper mining town that was abandoned before a fire burned down the mill in 1932. The resort is built on the site of old town. For a complete list of trails in the 1.5 million acres of the Carson National Forest, click here.
NOTE: Italicized text is trail information from the U.S. Forest Service description of that particular trail.
Hiking in the Carson National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service recommends the following when you go or are planning on going hiking in the Carson National Forest:
The US Forest Service does not provide a description of this trail. However, there is a sign in the Bull of the Woods pasture that identifies the start of the trail (TR 64). It runs for about 3.5 miles from the pasture and ends at the top of Gold Hill. At about 2.5 miles, it intersects with the Long Canyon Trail.
Access: One mile east (up the hill) from Upper Cuchilla Campground which is located on State Highway 150, the road to Taos Ski Valley. Parking is available at the trail head located at the end of the short access road.
There are plenty of opportunities to hunt large game around Taos and Casa de Toro. The state of New Mexico has divided the state into 69 Game Management Units with the Taos area in GMU 53. To print the state map, click here; to print the GMU 53 map, click here. Here, a hunter can go for elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, mountain lion (cougar), and black bear. For specific information, be sure to review the New Mexico Big Game & Fur Bearer Rules & Information or check out the New Mexico state wildlife hunting website.
The Taos art galleries feature traditional and contemporary fine art: Native American art and pottery, Southwest art, glass art, prints, sculpture, photography, and other types of visual art. If you're at all interested in collecting, or just viewing, art while visiting Taos, here are some galleries and studios you might find interesting.
Art Museums and Historical Places
Taos art museums abound with the art of famous artists from both Taos and around the world.
The Taos area is rich in history - natural, archeological, anthropological, geopolitical, and art. There are historical places and museums that help tell the story of Taos from its earliest days as a home to the Taos pueblo indians through the time Spanish settlers through the Civil War to New Mexico's statehood.
Spas and Salons
Taos has numerous ways to relax in the water and to be pampered while you're visiting. There are day spas in Taos, resort spas in Taos and nearby, and a couple of famous natural hot springs along the Rio Grande River not far from the casa.
Black Rock Hot Springs are two mud-bottomed rock pools on the west bank of the Rio Grande River, north of Taos and west of Arroyo Hondo. Water temperatures are usually about 97° F. depending on how high the river is. NOTE: Clothing is optional.