Taos Tourism, New Mexico

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Taos /ˈtaʊs/ is a town in Taos County in the north-central region of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, incorporated in 1934. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,716. Other nearby communities include Ranchos de Taos, Cañon, Taos Canyon, Ranchitos, El Prado, and Arroyo Seco. The town is close to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name. Taos is the county seat of Taos County. The English name Taos derives from the native Taos language meaning "place of red willows". Taos is the principal city of the Taos, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Taos County.


Taos is the name of a town that has several localities sharing its name. The main town is quite close to the Taos Pueblo, a native American settlement and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the settlement is to the north, to the south is the Ranchos de Taos that formed a part of the Spanish settlement. Taos Box is a whitewater rafting area on the Rio Grande. The ski valley nearby is known as the Taos Ski Box. All in all, this town has had various influences on itself. The downtown area has the Taos plaza where locals come to spend their evenings. If you want to experience an authentic Spanish property, head to Hacienda de los Martinez just a few minutes out of town. The churches built by the missionaries are also worth the visit. Take a holiday in Taos to see how the native American culture was transformed by the Spanish colonials.

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Facts and Stats for Taos*

  • Living in Taos - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 37.93 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Taos

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Taos

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 68.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 44.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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  • Taos Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    Taos Historic Downtown Walking Tour 5 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Get a feel for the fun and funky town of Taos on this 50-minute, half-mile walking tour of the historic downtown area. Follow...

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    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Taos has been on the map as an art Colony since the late 1800s. An eclectic, talented, and creative mix of artists have come ...

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  • Rio Grande Sunrise Flight
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    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Taos Hot Air Balloon Ridesoffers Rio Grande Gorge flights followed by a delicious champagne brunch. These hot air balloon fli...

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  • Taos Highlights Small-Group Driving Tour
    Taos Highlights Small-Group Driving Tour 11 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This 3-hour small-group driving tour highlights the top 4 tourist sites inTaos: *UNESCO World Heritage site - the traditional...

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