Taos, New Mexico July 2005 Tourist Activities
Taos, New Mexico, USA
Visitors to Northern New Mexico benefit from and may enjoy numerous activities during the month of July. It may well be THE month to get the Taos Experience!
Everyone enjoys the July 4th weekend. A number of special activities are scheduled both in town and in other nearby communities. One example is Taos Plaza Live with free live entertainment every Thursday evening on historic Taos Plaza.
White water rafting in the Rio Grande continues thanks to the huge snowfall of the past winter. If you prefer to experience the Rio Grande Gorge, yet remain dry, a hot air balloon ride into the gorge is a trip you will not forget! Balloon information at www.puebloballoon.com. Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire chairlifts are up and running for both your scenic enjoyment. Angel Fire hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Races July 9, 2005. Some even take their mountain bike up for an exciting ride down. Stargazing is perfect at Taos Ski Valley July 16. Hiking and biking is always an option in the Northern NM mountains. Cumbres & Toltec offers an authentic steam powered train experience!
For the art lover, many galleries have special shows and openings throughout the month. The local museums also offer a wide variety of workshops, exhibitions, and shows. Prefer a play? “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented July 16, 2005. Prefer a movie? TCA presents several movies during July. Don’t forget the local movie theater, Storyteller, with 7 screens of entertainment. Several arts & crafts fests occur in Taos and nearby communities during July.
Prefer live entertainment? Taos’ newest offering is Ronnie Lee’s Supper Club, with fine dining and live music. Several other venues (at least 12) offer live entertainment ranging from rock to country. SOMOS offers the Summer Writers Series with weekly presentations at varied locations around Taos. Taos Scool of Music offers concerts and seminars throughout the summer.
Just want to relax? You can always do that at Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza in our central courtyard. Looking for a massage? Taos offers a wide range of providers of the many differing forms of massage therapy. There are a couple of health clubs that offer day passes. The town has a swimming pool for those who seek a wet suit. Just a few miles distant is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.
If wandering around is your wish, start with historic Taos Plaza with shops, galleries, food, and entertainment. Just north of the Plaza is Bent Street with more sites and the Bent Museum. Just south of the Plaza is Historic Ledoux Street and a couple museums. West of the Plaza is Kit Carson Road and more fun corners to explore. North of the Plaza, you’ll find Paseo del Pueblo Norte, another relaxing stroll through time.
No visit to Taos is complete without a visit to Taos Pueblo. July 8-10 is the time to be at the Pueblo to see the 20th annual Taos Pow Wow. The Pueblo is considered one of the world’s greatest historical and cultural sites and one of the few World Heritage Centers that are occupied. Feel the need for a little action? Taos Mountain Casino offers a smoke free environment with video and reel slots, video poker, craps, blackjack, and a deli.
If your favorite line is “the worst day fishing beats the best day working”, the Taos area offers many choice fishing holes. Streams, rivers, and lakes offer the angler world class fishing within a couple hours of Taos. Some spots are as close as 15 minutes. Taos has a number of stores and guides for all your angling needs.
A variety of golf courses is also available in Taos. From close at hand Taos Country Club to more distant pueblo and community courses, the vistas of Northern NM are a unique experience for most golfers from other parts of the country.
The above is merely a sample of July things to do and see. More information on Taos activities can be found at Taos County Chamber of Commerce. More information and links can be found at Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza. Email me for questions or further information, indianhills at newmex dot com or jfslenes at aol dot com.