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This acre community acres set aside for the housing north of Taos off State Highway 64 now has 75 residences, some of which are available for overnight rentals through the main community website,. All the homes here are totally off-grid, and about 90 percent of the energy they generate is renewable. The largest and most exotic of the rentals available through the main website, Phoenix Earthship, features an outer greenhouse with towering banana trees, grape vines, birds, turtles and a fish pond with fountain. Showers are solar-heated, filtered rain water, and water from the showers and sinks feeds the interior jungle planter.

Find the perfect place from which to discover Taos. Delight in the ambience of our quaint and colorful year-old adobe inn! Enchanting rooms richly decorated in the Taos tradition and centrally located just steps off the old Plaza. A Historic Taos landmark, 2 blocks from downtown, featuring exceptional hospitality, Southwest ambiance and old world charm. Enjoy expansive gardens, mountain views, fantastic full breakfast, and romantic rooms with fireplaces. All rooms have air conditioning. Centrally located condominium with fireplace, on a quiet neighborhood, tree-lined street.

For more information on rates and availability. Twelve beautifully appointed rooms and suites with spacious gardens backing onto Taos Pueblo. Outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi in all 38 rooms, extensive art collection, patios, balconies, hot tub, luxury rooms available, air conditioned rooms. Book online or call for reservations. Nothing is on my mind but reaching the next hold, which seems impossible, yet by using my feet and legs to stand on a perfect flat edge, it puts my body in balance on the rock.

Suddenly, what seemed impossible becomes effortless. As I reach the top, feeling the exposure and taking in a view unlike any I have ever seen from the ground, my mind feels clear and alive. I take a breath of the freshest air and feel truly part of nature and this stunning landscape. Elated with the accomplishment of attaining the seemingly impossible, for a minute I melt into the solitude of being the only person on the edge of this cliff as I become one with my surroundings. I call down to my belayer before sitting back on the rope and am lowered to the ground.

I should have been scared, but my guide has taught me to trust the ropes; I know they can hold thousands of pounds. A feeling I have cheated the laws of gravity passes through me as I pass through this vertical world with safety and confidence. What an extraordinary way to experience the majestic landscape of Northern New Mexico. Despite some impressions that only muscle-bound adrenaline junkies practice rock climbing, it is actually a slow-paced, dance-like, safe endeavor that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. Since climbing techniques start with legs and feet, anyone who enjoys hiking or can make.

A beginner is always attached to a sit harness and a rope that is anchored above them. This anchor and rope can support more than 4, pounds. Once climbers reach the top or decide to stop, they simply sit back into their harnesses and the rope safely lowers them to the ground. Taos has become a world-class destination for skiing, hiking and outdoor rock climbing. With well over bluebird sunny days, it is possible to comfortably climb outside year-round. Taos is the perfect place to experience outdoor climbing for the first time or test your skills as an advanced climber on many different climbing styles and locations.

Take a ride through aspen groves, abandoned gold mines and ghost towns in a 4x4 vehicle. For Red River trail information and maps, visit redriver. Go left up the hill and park at the first switchback. Water temperature is typically around 97 degrees contingent on water levels. Even though the area was Indian country, his arrogance drove him to claim the springs. His plan was to build a resort hotel on the site.

He never got the financial backing. Years later, Manby was found beheaded in his Taos hacienda in To get there, take State Highway toward Questa north of Taos. Turn west onto County Road B The road takes a hard right after about 2. This stretch of road to the Manby Hot Springs parking lot needs to be taken slowly — a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Continue past the Dobson House sign and take the next left at the fork in the road. Continue staying to your right until you reach the large parking lots for the Manby Hot Springs. At the left side of the parking area, take a minute walk on a dirt and rock path to the river.

Water temperature is typically in the neighborhood of 97 degrees depending upon water levels. Public and private pools are open from 8 a. This secluded, top destination resort and spa also features hiking and biking trails. There is an Ojo Caliente sign on the right side of the road pointing left. Continue south for 8. Turn right west onto SR ; continue through the village of Carson for 9 miles until you reach U. Highway Turn left south at the stop sign onto U.

Continue south This turn is before mile marker on US Visit ojospa. For the die-hard adventurers wanting a more extreme whitewater experience, Gontram recommends the inflatable kayak. Each raft holds two to six people, not including the guide. Call or visit bobcatpass. Rentals are for 4 or 8 hours. Must be at least 25 years old to drive and have full insurance coverage on your personal vehicle.

For more information, call You can also pan for gold during the Jeep tours. Call or visit bighornsports. For more information, call or visit redriverohv. For more information, call or go online to redriveroffroad. Fouror 6-hour rentals before June After June 15, 6-hour rentals only. Call or email weezieswildrides gmail. The hole course at the summit of the mountain has amateur and pro tee pads.

It is free to play, but a lift ticket or season pass is needed to use the chairlift. Course maps, disc rentals and scorecards are available in the Ticket Office at the base of the Chile Express chairlift. Call for any additional information. The Red River Ski Area chairlift runs all summer with bike carriers and maintained trails. Taos Country Club sits at 7, feet in elevation and holes range from 5, to 7, in yardage. Frequent sand traps guard the undulating Bent grass greens.

The course, designed by Jep Wille, was awarded a four-star rating by Golf Digest. The Terrace serves drinks, craft beers, snacks and gourmet dishes. TCC is located south of town. Take State Road 68 and turn right on County Road For green fees, tee times and more information, go online to taoscountryclub. With yardage from 4, to 6,, the bluegrass fairways wind through tall stands of Ponderosa pine and across rich, wet bottomland. Plenty of elevated tee boxes, blind shots and leave-the-driver-in-the-bag shots.

Hole No. Opening Day is May For more information, go online to angelfireresort. The course at the ski area has 18 holes and last September hosted the first annual Drew Judycki Memorial Tournament. Added this season are amateur tee pads making the course more beginner friendly. Free to play if you bike or hike to the top or you can purchase a chairlift ticket. Every hole has three sets of tees pro, advanced and recreation. Follow the signs.

For tournament info go online to sipapunm. There are presently 17 baskets on the course that traverses three clockwise spirals, has some short steeps and blind holes. Free, public course. The course is about three blocks on the right. Call for more information. Throughout the summer, both locals and visitors flock to its plus miles of trails. For more details, go online to turquoisetours.

Nationally renowned, the mile single track begins at about 7, feet elevation in the opening of Taos Canyon on U. Highway 64 east. The first 5 miles climb 2, feet to where the trail crests, setting up about 20 miles of level riding and descent to a parking lot along Forest Road 76 above Angel Fire at about 10, feet. The trail winds through evergreens, aspens and meadows, with spectacular views both east and west peaking near 11, feet at Osha Mountain.

The paved West Rim Road provides an excellent opportunity to drop-off-car return. Owned and operated by the Valle Escondido Homeowners Association, this nine-holer sprawls across mountain pastures and cat-tailed wetlands, and around inconveniently situated ponderosa pines to postage-stamp greens.

The humble clubhouse serves as a community hangout with cold beer, cocktails and bar food. To get there, take U. For green fees, tee times and more information, go online to taosgolf. Devisadero Loop is located across from the South Boundary trailhead. Almost all of its 5 miles is uphill, so both ascent and descent are gnarly. Look out for hikers and trail runners since this is one of the most popular trails around Taos. The Amole Canyon trailhead is on the south side of U.

Hill on State Road The moderate trail is perfect for families and weekend riders who are looking to get into the forest without getting too serious. Brave riders complete back-to-back century rides during the two-day event. Shorter options are also available, including the new , ride miles on Saturday and 50 miles on Sunday. For riders new to endurance cycling, the mile Sunday ride is called the Bobcat Pass On Sept. The tour starts in Red River at 8, feet, with a low point of 7, feet and a high point of 9, feet at the top of Bobcat Pass. Riders can also opt for shorter treks of 25 and 50 miles redriverchamber.

Tres Piedras is another good place to start your long-distance ride. An out and back from Tres Piedras to the Brazos Overlook is 54 miles and features 4, feet of climbing. Add on a stop to Tierra Amarilla to make it even longer. For easier rides closer to the town of Taos, park your car at the intersection of State Roads and and cycle up State Road all the way to Taos Ski Valley. The Hondo-Seco-Valdez loop is another local road favorite. The train follows 64 miles of tracks that cross the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times, skirts along canyon walls through Toltec Gorge, burrows through two tunnels, steams over Cascade Trestle feet above a roaring river and climbs to the top of 10,foot Cumbres Pass, the highest point reached by any steam railroad in North America.

On June 17, join U. Stop at many outcrops and rail cuts along the right of way to collect photographs and samples only accessible on the train route. What a rush! Angel Fire Resort features one of the highest-altitude, six-line, adrenaline-educing outdoor adventures in the state that take you from the top of the mountain, soaring over the Moreno Valley from to 1, feet long during the Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure Tour. Children weighing as light as 50 pounds — pounds will be able to join in the fun.

Those weighing 90 pounds and above can participate in the full six-line tour. The tours take on average of two to three hours. Call for availability. Ziplines open May 18, weather permitting. For details on what to wear and weight restrictions, go online to angelfireresort. Down the road a piece, the Pioneer Flyer zipline awaits at Red River. Aboard this double-seated zipline, you and a family member or friend sit side-by-side in padded seats with dual seat belts.

National Forest land. In fact, this is the first seated zipline on Forest Service property in the U. The zipline begins running June For more information, visit the summer activities page at redriverskiarea. Area horseback rides are suitable for riders of every experience level, including first-time cowboys and cowgirls. Gourmet meals are prepared and served fresh in the great outdoors. Where public transit goes — Community Grows See how far we can go together! They have been used as a form of pilgrimage or meditation and as a search for balance and wholeness.

Taos has its share of labyrinths dedicated to personal and world peace. A small spiral labyrinth can be found on the West Rim Trail. A walk of a mile over gently rolling, sage-covered terrain will bring you to the spiral of purposely placed rocks. Head south on the trail. When you see the bench at the overlook to your left at about half a mile in, stay to the right and walk another half mile. On the top of a ridge, you will see the spiral marked by prayer flags on a wooden post.

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Although they are not often seen, rattlesnakes are found here, so use care especially when stepping off the trail. It is best to keep dogs leashed to ensure their safety and that of wildlife. This is a lower elevation trail, located at about 7, feet. It is a good place to begin your hiking adventures in Taos. During the summer months, it can be hot here, so plan to go in the morning, evening or on a cooler day.

For further exploration: Many labyrinths are on public and private land in Taos. How many can you find? Be sure to research ahead of time and ask for permission if the labyrinth is on private land. Look for a rock carving near the trail with long vertical lines. Although the meaning of these symbols is not known for certain, such lines are thought to represent rain or water.

Protect these symbols for the future by not climbing on or touching them. The trail is a bit under 1. Big horn sheep are sometimes seen here along with coyote, cottontail rabbit, elk and deer. Some of these petroglyphs are marked by informational signs while others remain hidden and can be found only on a guided hike or sometimes by accident. After a few rock steps, there are a series of switchbacks climbing up through the sage, pinon, juniper and cholla cactus. A few segments of the trail require some scrambling over the basalt rocks. At the top of the mesa, Picuris meets up with the network of trails in the Rift Valley system.

This trail is named for the Native peoples who used this path in the past.

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Merrill Dicks, archeologist with the Bureau of Land Management, says many rock symbols can be found here, indicating that it is a very old trail and that the Taos Junction area has long been an important crossing point. Some are wellknown, like the one located near the Phoenix Grill. Others are hidden and can be found just off the trail if you know where to look. One hidden waterfall is located near Gavilan Trail.

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Many of the trailheads have maps posted, and some of them have maps you can carry with you. The hike begins at 9, feet and climbs gradually until it reaches the crossing of West Gavilan Creek about 20 minutes into the hike. After this point, the trail steepens and climbs up away from the creek. A profusion of wild flowers grow along the trail, including pink wild geraniums, purple fireweed and the scarlet gilia fairy trumpet. Climb up another 20 minutes, following the switchbacks. Look to the left to catch a glimpse of a wooden sign that says: Gavilan Falls a quarter mile.

A short walk brings you to an overlook where you can get a glimpse. Use caution as the trail soon becomes narrow and unstable. The sign was posted by adventurer Doug Scott. Find his books on New Mexico waterfalls at local bookstores. For more exploring: Gavilan Trail continues to climb for a total of 2. Head up the ridge a short distance for spectacular views to the north. In the summer months, watch for frequent afternoon thunderstorms. The hike to the ridge is a moderately difficult hike at high altitude. If you are new to town, allow a few days to become acclimated to the altitude and begin by doing some of the lower elevation trails along the ski valley road, including Yerba and Manzanita.

RRBC is a brewery, bar and full-service restaurant open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The onsite-crafted brew styles range from a light and easy-drinking blonde ale to a dark and robust oatmeal stout, and everything in between. Plus house-made root beer. RRBC boasts indoor and outdoor bars, live music on most weekends, and the patios are dog-friendly for friendly dogs.

RRBC is not only another place to have a beer and eat while in Red River but also another reason to visit this old mining town. The brewmasters at Taos Mesa Brewing have the goal of producing beers as iconic as Taos. Twelve distinct house beers are on tap at all times from thirst quenchers to full-bodied dark porters.

From Altbier to fruit beers to Schwarzbier, TMB beers are crafted on-site in a 10 barrel, all-grain infusion mash brewhouse. Called "The Mothership," TMB's flagship location features an outdoor amphitheater, indoor entertainment stage, dance floor and lunch and dinner menus. It is a live music hot spot and the site for the annual, three-day Music on the Mothership festival past headliners include Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle.

The number of restaurants offering excellent culinary experiences usually exceeds expectations, especially for a small town like ours. We have an abundance of dedicated chefs and cooks in restaurants of all kinds to satisfy every type of appetite. Chef Maher came to Taos many years ago to open a restaurant, Momentitos de la Vida now known as Sabroso , which received six 4-Diamond Culinary Awards under his guidance. Although self-taught, Maher is a James Beardrecognized chef.

Lucy Herrman of Taos is regular contributor in The Taos News of all things food and is an accomplished cook. Classes are conducted in the main kitchen around a generous center island. A large vintage stove is against the wall. Students work around the island with plenty of workspace. But his passion was food, and Maher soon returned to his true loves: cooking, Taos and Valerie, although perhaps not in that order. Together, Chris and Valerie Maher created Cooking Studio Taos, a lovely culinary world of cooking classes, Secret Suppers and more — all in a beautiful setting.

In good weather, classes might be conducted outdoors in their second kitchen where a wood-burning pizza oven resides. An organic vegetable garden is located next to the patio, and their chickens currently 16 preside. The Mahers are dedicated gardeners, and in season, many of the ingredients used in the class are grown right in their own garden. Held in a different location each month, usually a historic Taos home or other fascinating venue.

The secret location is not revealed until the morning of the dinner, and the menu is kept under wraps until you walk in the door. When you arrive, you are greeted by Valerie Maher as she hands you a glass of wine. Attendees stake their chairs and then mingle with the other guests, with time to get to know each other. You discover that some guests have been to several Secret Suppers.

Others come every month. And a few are trying it for the first time. By the end of the evening, all present agree: What a great way to make new friends and have an excellent meal in the process. For those who want to go one step deeper and get their hands into the action, you might want to take an in-depth cooking class with Chef Maher. In addition to the Secret Suppers, he conducts a cooking school, sharing his extensive knowledge and sheer enthusiasm. The adobe has an inviting. During the course of a fivehour, hands-on class, each student contributes to the process of preparing a meal they will later consume, having learned the recipes, techniques and theory.

And should you arrive in Taos wishing for a private class for your family or group, the Mahers will expertly tailor one to your tastes and likings — a wonderful experience in togetherness. In addition, during the summer, Cooking Studio Taos offers a weeklong Cooking Camp for kids ages Your children can take all the classes or drop in for one. In researching this article, I had the pleasure of attending Cooking Studio Taos for a Moroccan class.

As the food writer for The Taos News, and a former cooking teacher myself, I take pride in my cooking knowledge. But I love watching how other chefs do things, and quite frankly, I always learn new techniques. The class gathers in the living room, sitting on comfortable chairs and sofas. Each student holds the recipes we will be preparing that day. He talks about techniques and ingredients especially unusual ones , and shares anecdotes from his past. Unlike many cooking schools, where one watches a teacher at the front of the room prepare all the recipes under a large mirror, Cooking Studio Taos has you elbow deep in the process itself.

Few shortcuts are allowed. Every dish and almost every condiment are made from scratch. As each student team labors at working on its dish, peering curiously at what the others are doing, Valerie Maher serves some wine to pass the moments from preparation to finished fare. Each student cleans up their own mess at the counter and washes their own dishes. Pretty soon, the food is baking or bubbling away for its last few minutes of cooking.

Valerie Maher and some of the students set the enormous, square dining table. More wine is poured and dinner is served. All have shared a memorable time, gained valuable knowledge and eaten a remarkable meal. Most will want to join another future class. Many will return to attend a Secret Supper Club dinner. It is one of the longest rivers in the country. The Gorge, which runs northwest to southeast through Taos, is about 50 miles long.

This river is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Those tectonic plates still show some activity, as evidenced by the sustained hot springs in the area, such as at Ojo Caliente and the Manby Hot Springs near the John Dunn Bridge in Arroyo Hondo just north of Taos off U. To get to Wild Rivers, drive north toward Questa on U. Highway to another 3 miles on Highway The Gorge Bridge was erected along U. Highway 64 in It is the second highest bridge on the U.

Highway system and is the fifth highest bridge in the country. The fabled overpass has had cameos in many films, beginning with "Easy Rider" The canyon ecosystem descends feet from rim to river, creating a unique diversity in plant and animal life. Wildlife includes mule deer, red-tailed hawk, mountain blue bird, cutthroat trout, prairie dog, river otter, bald eagle and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.

A good place to view bighorns is the West Rim Trail that extends from the rest area west of the. Three hundred and twenty known species of wildflowers and native plants can be found in the high desert of Northern New Mexico. One of the most common is the columbine. This yellow species is found in damp places up to 11, feet in elevation, Martenson says.

It blooms from April to September and grows from 12 inches- to inches tall. Columbines are truly unique-looking flowers and frankly, just look happy. With their dangling bell-like shape and spurs at the back, there is nothing else quite like these perennials. Columbines come in almost every color — blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white, yellow.

The most common in this part of the world are the blue, red and yellow species. The western red columbine A. It can be seen at subalpine elevations and in forests along stream banks, such as along the Italianos Trail in Taos Ski Valley. The western red columbine blooms in early spring into mid-summer. It grows from 10 inches- to inches tall. Columbine is derived from the Latin word for dove, columbinus.

The Latin name of the columbine genus is aquilegia, derived from the word aquilia, meaning eagle, referring to the similarity of the curved spurs of some species to the bird's talons. Also known as Colorado blue columbine, it is the state flower of Colorado. It blooms from June until September and grows from 6-inches to inches tall. The three-day weekend at Kit Carson Park brings together families, friends, and neighbors in honor of our mothers and celebrates the culture and music of Northern New Mexico.

Katharine Egli. Every Thursday night p. Concerts are free and family-friendly. An intensive, holistic program for the serious young vocal professional, Taos Opera Institute draws some of the most distinguished faculty and up-and-coming young professionals from around the country to teach and learn at the beautiful Taos Ski Valley. A series of uplifting operatic concerts are held for the public during the month of June. For more information, see FestivalEclectica. The roots of Taos School of Music go back to the s, but the internationally known chamber music school officially opened in Bernard in Taos Ski Valley.

The headliner for this year's event is the acclaimed duo The Secret Sisters with more acts to be named. For updates, visit mollydogproductions. This year also brings back Opus 35 for an in-depth look at Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who lived to the age of The festival also presents works that were written when Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and other great composers were 35 years old.

Each local pianist will play a selected piece inspired by a work of art in the museum. Free parking. Free admission. The festival includes bluegrass, old time and Americana bands, instructional workshops, dancing, food, a beer garden and vendors. For even more music events, be sure to check the Discover Comunidades pages. Ansel Adams, Gelatin silver print.

From high above, raining down over the open fields and mesas there is a common sound heard around these parts: keee-eerrrrr. The call is that of the red-tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis. Once they've locked in on their meal, these hawks swoop down in a steady, mastered dive. Every red-tailed hawk has a unique coat of brownish feathers. A white V along the back is a classic sign of a red-tailed hawk. They typically grow from 18 to 26 inches long with a wingspan of 38 to 43 inches. The average weight of a red-tailed hawk is They can live in the wild up to 21 years and have been known to easily adapt to life around humans.

These stunning birds are aerial acrobats during mating season. A pair will soar while flying in a large circle. The male will then plummet into a nosedive followed by a steep ascent to circling altitude. After a time doing this ritual, the birds grab each other by the talons and spiral down toward the ground. Red-tailed hawks are monogamous and often mate for life.

The relationship of the red-tailed hawk to spiritualism is symbolic and significant. Writes Stacey L. Couch, certified Shamanic practitioner in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, "Red-tails are divine messengers meant to bring guidance from the heavens and ground the guidance out in the physical world. They are often a symbol of power and bravery.

An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. No visitor should miss seeing the ancient pueblo — perhaps the world's oldest apartment building. Here, life goes on much the same as it has for nearly 1, years. You may notice a shiny pickup truck parked nearby or see modern cell phones, but the customs and the unwritten Tiwa pronounced TEE-wah language have changed little over the centuries.

Please note that the Pueblo periodically closes to the public for tribal rituals. Call before you plan to visit. Splinter groups of prehistoric Puebloan people established a permanent settlement in Taos Valley around A. Those who settled in Pot Creek left the pueblo established there between They are credited with building the multi-storied structures that became Taos Pueblo pueblo is a Spanish word for "village.

They were farmers and hunters, and their geographic location made the pueblo something of a crossroads and trading center for other Indian tribes. They are said to be the first Europeans to see Taos Valley. They were looking for gold. In the beginning, while hesitant, the Tiwa Indians opened their doors to the strangers hoping for harmonious living. Because of forced baptism, Natives were given Spanish surnames. Skirmishes periodically broke out and the fighting culminated in Under the leadership of Po'pay, from San Juan Pueblo, the Spaniards — and the indigenous people they brought with them — were defeated during the Pueblo revolt and forced to retreat south.

The Spanish colonists then returned to the valley for good. Over time, the faiths that divided the two cultures became blended. This is seen in the prominence of the Blessed Virgin Mary within the church and in the religion-inspired artwork since the Tiwa clos ely associate her with Mother Earth.

The preserved, proud culture of the Red Willow people stands tall amid the large timbers and adobe bricks that make up the nearly 1,year-old multistory dwelling. Taos Pueblo culture inhales and exhales the warm smell of cedar wood and bread baking in hornos outdoor adobe ovens. It lives in the faces of the more than 1, Pueblo members. The land base of Taos Pueblo is 99, acres. It is a sovereign nation. The power of Native Nations is as strong as ever, an energy that is clearly evident at the annual Taos Pueblo Powwow.

The 33nd gathering of Native Nations for three days of singing, dancing and drumming during the second weekend of July is held at the powwow grounds located at the end of Ben Romero Road in El Prado. Turn at the designated entrance north of the Overland Ranch off U.

The road will lead to the Taos Pueblo Reservation Lands. This is where the powwow has taken place during the summer for more than 30 years. During that time, the powwow has become well known throughout the nation for its high quality drum groups, dancers and scenic beauty. Cash only. No refunds due to inclement weather. Admission does not include entry to Taos Pueblo.

Tickets available only at the gate. Grounds open at 10 a. The powwow ends at approximately 10 p. Call or visit taospueblopowwow. Feast Days also coincide with the traditional Pueblo spiritual beliefs, which allows the people of the Pueblo community to practice both the Catholic and Pueblo religions. A typical Feast Day is a day of eating, visiting with family, friends and enjoying the traditional dances that are allowed to be witnessed by public spectators.

Feast days are an integral part of the Pueblo culture. Please use common courtesy and do not walk into a home uninvited. Other common courtesies include: After a dance is over please do not applaud for these are not performances. Native dances are part of a ceremony and it is an honor to see them. And while watching the dances, please refrain from talking to community members regarding what is the significance of the dance and don't speak with the dancers.

Cameras and cell phones are not allowed during religious ceremonies; they could be confiscated and won't be returned. Feast day hours are 8 a. Call for ceremony times, Magnificent Douglas firs tower over the irrigated, landscaped grounds. The 14,square-foot mansion, built in the s, is outfitted with classic details. Also included are 11 additional lots, two wells, and surface water rights. The 8-bedroom, 9-bath haciendastyle residence includes spacious living areas and a splendid recreational retreat with a kitchenette, a pool, a spa, and stunning views of Taos Mountain.

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It is filled with Old World—inspired architecture, imported finishes, and mountain views. Vicki Markley It includes two 1,square-foot structures, an acequia, lush lawns, and mature trees. Rebecca Holland Only 12 miles to Taos and 13 miles to Angel Fire. Two-story open-concept residence with spacious master suite and 3-car garage. Cast Earth is similar to adobe or rammed earth but is stronger and more durable.

Open concept living, and vast Rio Grande Gorge views. This special mountain, multi-level home, is charmingly elegant with gorgeous mountain views. It would be my pleasure to share the love I have for Taos and make you feel at home as well. This is the best time of year to play outside and really experience the vastness of Northern New Mexico.

In any event, walking, hiking, climbing, biking and birding fill the days. As fun as it is to go romping around New Mexico, playing outside in a place like Taos has its dangers. Some hazards are inherent to the landscape — rain, hail, sun — but even the shear amount of lands open to recreation coupled with relatively poor cell reception conspire to make this an alluring place of the wildest order, filled with as many potential dangers as it has venues for fun. Among those hazards are little bites from some of the reptiles, insects and arachnids that call New Mexico their home.

New Mexico has at least eight types of rattlesnakes. They can sense heat, making bare hands and exposed feet and ankles especially susceptible to a bite. If you see a rattlesnake, back up and get some distance. Burning, bruising, pain, swelling, nausea and sweating are among the potential symptoms. Their venomous saliva can kill if left untreated. If bitten, get help immediately. The center advises calling , as anti-venom is the only definitive treatment.

The best way to avoid an unpleasant to life-threatening encounter with some of the smaller critters in the area is to be prepared and be aware. Black widows are incredibly common and docile. According to the state poison center, the bite of a black widow is most painful in the first 8 to 12 hours and can cause severe muscle spasms. The bites can even be deadly, especially in small kids. Tarantula hawks are as fierce as their name suggests. The large wasps are black with orange wings and have one of the most painful stings of any insect on the planet. As the state insect, they are found throughout New Mexico — just like one of their most notable victims.

Before a female tarantula hawk lays her eggs, she hunts down a tarantula spider and delivers a paralyzing sting.

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The young wasps hatch inside the dying tarantula. For humans, the sting is electric, but generally has no long-term effects. If picked up and agitated, tarantulas can bite and or shoot little hairs off of their backs, which can irritate the skin. Shake your shoes if you leave them outside. More information can be found at nmpoisoncenter. Standard Oil Change, up to 5 qts. With coupon only. Not to be combined with other offers or discounts. See store for details. Some restrictions may apply. Valid only at Point S Taos. Offer expires December 31, Your local, community-based brokerage.

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Arroyo Seco A community of locals All the merchants live pretty close to Arroyo Seco, typically not more than 10 miles away, or right here in the little artist's village on the way to Taos Ski Valley. They all know each other and that gives this place a special feeling of closeness, of being part of a family. Visitors will pick up on it. Just know you are welcomed here. As with many of the communities in Northern New Mexico, "Seco" grew from a land grant. Arroyo Seco's Church of the Holy Trinity dates back to It is built of adobe with heavy vigas and corbels and an altar where an original bulto — a three-dimensional sacred sculpture, which represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit — is still revered.

The ice cream is locally made and comes in many different and unusual flavors — ever heard of lavender ice cream? They sell organic produce and meat, and also have a deli and juice bar. Want to stay in Arroyo Seco longer than a day? The village also has lodging accommodations, the Abominable SnowMansion, a number of vacation home rentals in the area and bed and breakfasts, such as Adobe and Stars just outside of Seco on the way to Taos Ski Valley. At Arroyo Seco Mercantile you can find everything from Pendleton blankets to antiques.

Santos y Mas sells santos, of course, plus retablos, paintings, ornaments and much more. There is more to explore here and something for everyone. The "biggest little parade in the country" or the annual Fourth of July celebration in Arroyo Seco gathers hundreds of spectators each year, as community members and local organizations parade down two blocks.

It consistently attracts a crowd: around 5, people congregate here every year, and the number keeps growing. This is a unique, fun event with live music all day. To avoid heavy traffic, come early and stay late. A beautiful mountain drive from Seco up State Road is Taos Ski Valley, with numerous options for outdoor recreation.

Seven miles in the other direction is Taos. For a complete rundown on the village, check out visitseco. Surrounded by sacred wilderness and infused with the cultures of the Taos Pueblo, Hispanic and European peoples who have defined it, Taos Ski Valley TSV is steeped in legend and mystique. The decor and museum-quality art weaves the European, Hispanic and Native influences of Taos together into a beautiful, cultural tapestry.

It also offers luxurious spa treatments and excellent dining. The village itself is young. It was incorporated in It is the highest residential home in the state at 10, feet above sea level. The last official census put TSV's human population at 69, but they share the valley with a much larger population of elk, deer, bears and bighorn sheep. There are many hiking trails to chose from. The hike to Williams Lake Trail is a popular trek accessed at the parking lot in which 1, feet are gained in altitude start at about 10, feet in just under 2 miles.

Englemann spruce stands.

As you get closer to the upper end, it opens up into meadow land and scattered rock fields. Another reward for reaching the natural lake is the opportunity to continue on up to Wheeler Peak along the Wheeler Peak Trail, the highest point in New Mexico at 13, feet. For more details on the trails and maps, go online to skitaos.

The popular Northside Trail ridenorthside. As a mapped and signed trail system designed especially for mountain biking, Northside is a looped trail network with spectacular overlooks, single and double track routes through blue spruce and aspen stands, and meadows. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider. For the even more adventurous, one can pedal to the top of Frazer Mountain, 12, feet, the highest point on the property at an average grade of less than 10 percent.

Northside is open dawn to dusk from late June through October, weather permitting. Access permits are for sale at many locations in Taos Ski Valley or at the trailhead kiosk. The Field Institute of Taos offers a true camp experience for kids that focuses on outdoor education through games, nature crafts, hiking, photography, obstacles and other "mountain fun. Camp begins June Meet at the base of chair 1 from 9 a. In-town pick up and drop off is available.

Call or go online to fitaos. Sample beer and bacon from across the Southwest while cooling off in the mountain air. The festival will be held outside at the Taos Ski Valley main base plaza area. Live music. Check out and shop dozens of local and regional artists' works, eat wonderful food, enjoy the children's craft tent. Now in its 13th year, this 10k Trophy Series Event at Taos Ski Valley will challenge your body and stimulate the senses.

Wine tastings, food, hiking, live music and more during this inaugural event. For a complete schedule, visit skitaos. Also dog activities, live music and food. Dogs must be on leashes. Registration begins at 9 a. Head to the mountains for the annual Oktoberfest celebration, weather permitting. Festivities include an authentic Schuplatter band, German beer and food, activities and crafts for kids, yodeling contest, stein-holding contests and much more.

This is a free event for all ages. Oktoberfest will be held outside on the frontside of the mountain next to the Children's Center. The Resort Center has a rejuvenated look and feel. Restaurants are creating new menus in a commitment to providing more choices for healthier and selective diets with food coming from New Mexico sources, including organic produce and sustainable fisheries. Please note that the Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant will be closed this summer for kitchen renovations.

It's always chilly at night in the mountains. So if you're out after sunset, it's wise to bring fleece or a sweater. Monte Verde Lake is an ideal place to hike, fish, boat, or relax on shore. Those looking for a bit more adventure can rent stand-up paddle boards. Extra wide boards make this activity easy for beginners to learn. Fishing equipment, bait and pedal boats are also available for those wanting a family fish fry and the lake is stocked with rainbow lake trout throughout the summer.

The top-rated Angel Fire Bike Park is giving Bike Park season pass holders four buddy passes so they can introduce their friends to the park at a discount. Angel Fire maintains more than miles of downhill and cross-country green belt trails for all ability levels that also tie into the National Forest trail network, including the popular South Boundary Trail. One story of how Angel Fire got its name is credited. Elmo's fire that illuminated the surrounding peaks. Another widely held legend records that it was named by Moache Utes who gathered there to renew their ancestral ties with the Great Spirit who they saw as the sun's rays that danced upon a mountain peak or the "fire of the gods.

At 8, feet, Angel Fire Airport is the fifth-highest airport in the continental U. The 8, x foot runway is adequate for smaller planes and private jets. Landing and taking off can be tricky. Angel Fire Resident John R. Sutton General Building Contractor, a long-established builder in the Moreno Valley, is known for taking the time to communicate with his clients and get a clear vision of what the owner is after.

Working hard to establish his quality of workmanship and working relationships with sub-contractors, John strives to create a solid and dependable team. Managing this team is vital to a project finishing on schedule with the owners expectations in mind. Visit our website for additional photos and testimonials Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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See musicfromangelfire. To book a tee time, call The ceremonies will focus on the men who died and the next of kin and battle survivors they left behind. The public is invited. Try an extensive selection of the latest mountain bikes and test ride to your heart's content on real trails. The only lift-access summer bike demo in the Southwest. Held at Angel Fire Bike Park. Veterans and their friends and families come from all around the country to honor our fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War. That Saturday afternoon was obscure and uneventful until the young girl and her parents approached us.

The youngster quietly asked if she could hold one of our kittens. Her parents, standing behind her, looked at us and nodded with approval. We opened the cage door and gently handed the young girl a 12 week old kitten. It may have been the very first time she had actually held a live, breathing and moving animal. We watched as her small hands trembled with some uncertainty. Her shy and somewhat frightened look gradually turned to an innocent but pleasant smile. She looked to her parents for approval. They returned the smile and a few minutes later adopted the young kitten.

It was not until that Saturday afternoon several years ago that we realized we were doing so much more than saving lives and finding homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens. We were playing a role, along with their parents, in teaching children some of the most important values they will carry with them all their lives. We are also impacting families, changing lives, touching the hearts and minds of children and giving them the positive values they will carry with them their entire life.

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Take a look below and see which one is located near you! Until next time everyone! About the Author. Older Post Newer Post. ALSO : Do you want to adopt a pet? Read the best pet adoption guide! Simply not having the time to take care of a pet. Living in a place that prohibits owning pets. Being in a situation which may hinder having a pet like being a soldier on active duty.

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