TAOS

Taos is a town in northern New Mexico’s high desert, bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s known for historic adobe buildings such as Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe complex inhabited by Native Americans for centuries. A longtime artist colony, Taos also offers many galleries and museums showcasing regional artwork, including the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum. AS WELL, Northern New Mexico's diverse climate makes Taos  a perfect destination for year-round recreation. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT TAOS HAS TO OFFER IN THE LINKS PROVIDED BELOW:

Elevation: 6,969′
Population: 5,763 (2016)

check out the taos.org visitors guide

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TAOS: THE BIRTHPLACE OF EARTHSHIPS vIDEO COURTESY OF: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw9Xs0LYW0kqB26kXpFhWjw

The Enchanted Circle

New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment, and it’s only fitting that this designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa, and national forest… all unique to Northern New Mexico.

The Enchanted Circle is centered around Wheeler Peak, the highest point in the state.  Culture and outdoor recreation are abundant around the Enchanted Circle, so hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so spectacular.

 

RED RIVER

The area is abound with beautiful trails that follow streams and rivers and have various levels of difficulty for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Red River, as well as surrounding area lakes and streams offer a year-round challenge for fly-fishing enthusiasts looking for a genuine mountain experience. Head from Red River’s Main Street in any direction and access multiple forest trails for jeeps, OHV’s and motorcycles. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are popular activities during the winter months. Red River averages over 200 inches of snow each year making it a winter recreation paradise. 

Red River is known throughout the region for the diversity of its special events and live music scene. You can find chuckwagon dinner shows with entertainment by Michael Martin Murphey during the summer months, an annual songwriter’s festival every January, Larry Joe Taylor’s music festival in August, Annual Bluegrass festival in September, and live music at multiple venues most nights of the week. During the winter months events such as Red River Skijoring, Mardi Gras in the Mountains and Spring Break’s Beach Weeks draw in visitors. The summer event season kicks off with an annual Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Rally and winds up with an annual Oktoberfest on Columbus Day weekend. 

Elevation: 8,671′
Population: 477 (2016)

 

ANGEL FIRE

we invite you to spend some time with us in our sunny alpine town where the Rockies meet northern New Mexico. Almost anything you can think of to do, you can do here. We promise to help you Reach New Heights whether your “heights” are action-packed or entirely kicked-back. 

Here in Angel Fire every season offers new temptations. Our weather is perfect: nice and snowy in the winter, never hot in the summer. Sunny days and amazingly starry nights. Armloads of wildflowers in late spring and summer, mountainsides of golden aspens in fall. Eye-popping sunrises and sunsets. 

You’ll find us in the picturesque Moreno Valley, just a half-hour east of Taos. Our town sits on the valley floor at 8,420 feet and the mountains surrounding us rise to over 11,000 feet. At the northern end of the valley, Wheeler Peak (New Mexico’s highest) sits at a majestic 13,161 feet. Our people are friendly and down-to-earth and our streets never feel too crowded. We’re a small resort town without the resort prices.

Elevation: 8,406′
Population: 1,113 (2016)

 

Courtesy of: http://questa-nm.com

QUESTA

Questa NM is renowned for the beautiful scenery surrounding our small, historic village. This is where you will find the rare trails into the Rio Grande Gorge, trout fishing for every skill level, and mountain lakes with trails that access the highest reaches of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains overlooking the area.

Sitting at 7,500 ft., Questa is the gateway to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway that surrounds the highest peak in New Mexico.

Our village stands in contrast to the resort towns on the east side of the mountains. A half-hour north of Taos, we are one in a long string of small, historic towns that scattered up the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado in the 18th and 19th centuries. Questa was officially founded in 1842.

Elevation: 7,461′
Population: 1,754 (2016)
Courtesy: http://questa-nm.com/

 
Website Video For Arroyo Seco Courtesy Of: https://taos.org/plan-your-trip/mountain-villages-towns/village-of-arroyo-seco/the-village-of-arroyo-seco/

ARROYO SECO

There are many folktales told in New Mexico about how some towns came to be. There are few, however, which can match the beauty of the tales surrounding the founding of the village of Arroyo Seco. Just 7 miles north of Taos, Arroyo Seco was begun when its people acquired rights to the lands under a grant made by Joaquín Codallos y Rabal, dated October 7, 1745. As a site, it was first recorded in a chronicle dated 1716. It was deeded at that time to General Lucero de Godoy by the Viceroy of Mexico. He never bothered to settle on the land

Settlement of the area began in 1804 when two brothers named Cristóbal Martínez and José Gregorio Martínez from Río Arriba County planted crops there before building their houses in 1806. According to the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, general land use began in 1815 when more people began to cultivate the lands which they irrigated from the Arroyo Seco Creek and the Río Lucero. By 1824 there was already an Hispanic community living there. Original settlement had began much closer to the mountain than where the present day village site is. The old "arroyo seco" itself was a gully stemming off El Salto Mountain. It was called "el Arroyo de la Luvia" (The Arroyo of Run-Off Water).
Elevation: 7,634 feet
Population: 1,310

 

ARROYO HONDO