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Welcome to Taos, NM

Taos casts a lingering spell. Set on a rolling mesa at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it's a place of piercing light and spectacular views, where the desert palette changes almost hourly as the sun moves across the sky. Adobe buildings—some of them centuries old—lie nestled amid pine trees and scrub, some in the shadow of majestic Wheeler Peak, the town's (and state's) highest point, at just over 13,000 feet. The smell of piñon-wood smoke rises from the valley from early autumn through late spring; during the warmer months, the air smells of fragrant sage. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Visit One of America’s Most Historic Communities

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo was constructed by Native Americans more than a millennium ago, and has been occupied ever since.

Visit One of America’s Most Historic Communities

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A Fine Overview of the Arts Scene

Taos has long been famed as an artists’ colony and creative hub. Get a taste of the scene, both past and present, at the Harwood Museum of Art.

A Fine Overview of the Arts Scene

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The Most-Often-Painted Church in America

The simple beauty of the adobe San Francisco de Asis Church has enthralled countless artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Ansel Adams.

The Most-Often-Painted Church in America

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Raft the Rio Grande’s ‘Racecourse’

Even beginners can enjoy a whitewater raft trip on this not-too-difficult section of the river 15 miles south of Taos. Season runs spring through fall.

Raft the Rio Grande’s ‘Racecourse’

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See the Nation’s Seventh-Highest Bridge

Eleven miles northwest of town, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge links the steep sides of a spectacular canyon, providing awesome views.

See the Nation’s Seventh-Highest Bridge

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