Here is a variety of other activities available in the Taos area.
Ski Lift Rides
Even after the snow is melted and summer has arrived, you can still enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Taos Ski Valley by taking a chair lift ride up the main chair lift: Lift One. From the top, you can either hike down or ride down, your choice. Lift tickets are available from Taos Ski & Boot. For more information call 575-776-2291
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 64-mile long, narrow gauge rail line built in the late 1800s that winds through breath-taking scenery in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The railroad, jointly owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado, runs between Chama, NM and Antonio, CO from late May to mid-October. This is a must-do for the experience of a lifetime!
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a spectacular site to behold! The cantilever truss bridge spans 1,280 feet and is 650 feet above the Rio Grande River. That makes it the fifth highest bridge in the U.S. In 1966, the American Institute of Steel Construction named the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She's Having a Baby, Wild Hogs and Terminator Salvation. The bridge is on U.S. 64 northwest of Taos. To get there, go north from Taos and rather than turning right to the ski valley, turn left and stay on U.S. 64 about 6 miles to the bridge. On the way, you'll pass the airport.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
While Albuquerque is world famous for its International Balloon Fiesta, hot air ballooning takes on a whole new dimension in Taos. Floating along and into the Rio Grande Gorge is an unforgettable experience of peace, tranquility, and beautiful scenery. Two well-experienced companies provide trips: Paradise Ballooning and Pueblo Balloon Company. For those who like to stay on the ground, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is held in late October, the same time the aspen leaves are turning.
For a different way of hiking and exploring the mountains around Taos, you might want to consider llama trekking. Wild Earth Llama Adventures, the company that provides the llamas and tour guides, describes the experience like this: On the trail, our gentle and sure-footed llamas will carry your gear, leaving your body, mind, and spirit unburdened to enjoy the beauty and wonder of Northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The pace on our treks is non-competitive, with the emphasis on enjoying yourself in the backcountry. We specialize in seeking out trails that are less traveled, offering our guests a true wilderness experience.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Taos area has some great rock climbing locations, especially the Rio Grande Gorge. For more information about locations and guides, check out Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures in Arroyo Seco.
Mountain biking around Taos is fun and challenging. As Taos Cyclery describes it: The Taos area offers the best mountain biking in all of New Mexico. The variety and beauty are unlike anything the state has to offer. This is not, however, Disneyland mountain biking. Meaning, riders need to have their wilderness skills intact. Come prepared for varied weather conditions. Monsoon season starts around the middle to end of July and lasts into September. This means rain, snow, and hail at or above 10,000 feet, so bring enough clothing to cover your arms and legs. Trails are poorly marked and sometimes not marked at all. So, orientation skills are important to prevent getting lost in unfamiliar territory. For rides lasting over three hours, always bring as much food and water as you can carry. This is a place where a little imagination and preparation can lead you on the adventure of a lifetime. If you are more orientated toward taking a mountain bike tour, check out Native Sons Adventures.
For those who are more interested in a different kind of activity that is indoors, there is always the gambling casino at the Taos Pueblo. The Taos Mountain Casino is a nonsmoking facility offering slots and table games (blackjack and 3-card poker).