Taos Day Tours
If Albuquerque is the big city and Santa Fe is the smaller but distinguished middle city, then Taos is the quirky far-out small town. Taos says it’s far away from the every day, which is the perfect aura for your vacay wanderings. Experience Taos’ funky artistic spirit with an immersive artisan walking tour or adventure through the breathtaking and spectacular outdoor environment with multiple active expeditions. Whether you like to hike, raft, fish, backpack, or snowshoe – Heritage Inspiration’s tours cover the gambit of possibilities and provide ample opportunities to experience year-round outdoor adventures in order to elevate your body and spirit, plus escape it all.
Experience Taos’ inspiring and artistic spirit while investigating the city center’s rich artistic history. Weaving through winding alleyways and backstreets, explore the local art scene and engage with local craftspeople as they create their inspired artwork, share their stories and connect you to our rich tapestry of Taos artisan soul. Finish at Chokola Bean to Bar for organic, small-batch, exquisitely crafted chocolate to savor a chocolate elixir.
Experience the majestic alpine mountainous terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range hiking above 10,000 feet with breathtaking views. The trail, located on private land within the Taos Ski Valley offers the best of all worlds. Enjoy the wide open spaces along the trail interspersed with being saturated in a lush forest of hemlock, fir and aspens. Savor a gourmet picnic lunch while your expert guide shares the natural history, flora and fauna, and culture of this region. As you eat you can also soak in the awe-inspiring vistas, including a view of Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in the state at 13,161 feet in elevation!
Get a quick taste of Taos’s great outdoor surroundings with this active half-day tour. Journey to Taos’ outskirts to walk the seventh tallest bridge in the U.S., the Taos Gorge Bridge, and then take a nearby Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument hike on the La Vista Verde Trail. This 2 ½ mile, 6.400-foot round trip expedition offers breathtaking scenery and spectacular panoramic views of the raging waters within the plungingly step walled gorge at your feet.
Journey through the Taos High Country on this half day trip. Taos Wild is great for families as it includes frequent stops, a short hike, and many opportunities to witness the wildlife of the region. Our Taos Inspired Guides share their knowledge about the plants, animals, and geology that you will see along the way. Taos Wild is an exploration of the land, it’s wildlife, plants, and people, as well as sustainability and conservation.
Journey along the scenic Rio Grande corridor into the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument on an active and immersive water and hike adventure. Starting with land, hike a 2 ½ mile, 6,400-foot round trip expedition that offers breathtaking scenery and spectacular panoramic views of the Rio Grande Gorge and famous Taos Box. Then by water, choose either a stand-up paddle board or kayak or raft for a mild to wild paddle experience of the Rio Grande River. Dry off over a riverside picnic lunch and finish off by winding down the day’s activities with a glass of wine, a pint of beer or a pint of local cider at Vivác Winery.
Learn about backcountry hiking and camping and take stock of the tools and resources necessary to become an expert outdoor adventurer, with this overnight backpacking experience. This introductory trip will provide the gear, cover safe and ethical practices, and go up into a magical mountainous ridgeline ascent where guests will assemble and disassemble the campsite, cook meals, and enjoy a refreshing 2-day period miles away from any civilization.
Explore Taos’ Puebloan culture and the land Puebloans have called home for 1000s of years with a visit to Taos Pueblo, Taos Gorge Bridge and the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. This interpretive guided experience highlights prehistoric dwellings and the stunning geological background of the Rio Grande Rift Valley. After exploring the village’s historical and modern-day contexts, see how the river has carved out an 800-foot descent through the thick lava walls of basalt rock and hike along the rim of this breathtaking landscape.
Easily imagine old western movie backdrops with this journey from Taos to Ghost Ranch. Journey through red earth and multi-colored basalt covered in dusty green sagebrush on a 3-mile Chama River Valley hike to Chimney Rock. See why this sculpted textured land inspired Georgia O’Keeffe and learn about rare fossilized dinosaur discoveries. This tour highlights the stimulating vistas and prehistoric escapades of this glorious Northern New Mexico region.
Want to quickly delve into Taos’ cultural depths? Visit the World Heritage UNESCO site of Taos Pueblo to see the oldest inhabited community in the U.S. and catch a glimpse of ancient Puebloan culture. Then, go to the Millicent Rogers Museum to peruse an incredible collection of Hispanic and Native American artifacts. Finally, complete your exploration of this center of Southwestern culture and living history by journeying to Taos Gorge Bridge.
Go deeper than most visitors by learning and interacting with the Taos Puebloans through this horno bread baking tour. Learn about these adobe arched outdoor ovens and the best ways to shape and bake Puebloan bread, directly from a Taos tribal member. After making bread, walk through and explore Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage UNESCO site known for their continuously inhabited 1000 year+ adobe buildings, and then have lunch at a local grandmother’s café.
Experience the outdoor splendors of Taos, hear about the heritage and geology of this landscape and enjoy a locally grown glass of wine, with this unforgettable hiking expedition. This active tour goes deep into the Rio Grande Gorge with an informative look at her current-day free flowing waters and an understanding of her historical geologically shaping forces. Hiking a 2 ½ mile, 6,400-foot round-trip rim trail offers not only breathtaking scenery but also an opportunity to learn about the elements that have shaped this stunning landscape. To round off the day, enjoy a picnic lunch paired perfectly with local wine tastings from Vivác Winery.
Adventure through the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument with this hiking and whitewater rafting tour. First, journey along the rim of the canyon and experience the 6,400-foot drop of the Rio Grande Gorge, offering breathtaking scenery and spectacular panoramic views. Then, be ready to go down to the bottom of the canyon and raft a class 2-3 rapid course of the Rio Grande. Both first timers and whitewater enthusiasts will be safely oriented and prepared for this river journey, although during high water levels, minimum ages are applied.
Fulfill a fly-fishing bug by casting a line across pristine watery expanses in isolated high mountain terrain. This tour is for people who wish to commune in New Mexico’s’ glory while trying to catch a variety of either warm or cold-water fish species. Fortunately, New Mexico weather allows for year-round fishing and has a large selection of both public and private river destinations. Thus, with a choice of watery locales, a wide variety of fish and a year-round climate, New Mexico has something for every type of angler to enjoy.
The “High Road” goes through the Sangre de Cristo mountain range between Taos and Santa Fe. This tour traverses awe-inspiring scenery, provides a glimpse back in time to New Mexico’s Spanish colonial roots, and visits hidden away artists’ studios and historic landmarks. Go through Las Trampas to see the San Jose de Gracia church, wind through Ojo Sarco’s artist studios, experience Truchas village’s famed Dr. Rey Montez’ gallery, and finally taste Dixon’s Vivác Winery’s 100% New Mexican grown grape wine.
Journey off the beaten path, deep into the Georgia O’Keeffe country with this full day artistic tour. Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the white sandstone cliffs of Plaza Blanca while enjoying breathtaking views of the Chama river valley that will inspire the inner artist in you. Then travel down the back roads to the quaint historic town of Abiquiu. As you enter the town with the Chama River running through it and creating a canyon of colorful siltstone surrounded by gently rolling sagebrush covered plains that paint vivid hues across the landscape, you will immediately understand why so many artists make this their home. You will be welcomed into the unique and creative home of the artistic couple, Frank and Debra for a gourmet picnic. Then they will take you on an in-depth insider’s tour of their studios giving you insights into their working style and inspiration for their art.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Float on snow in a snowshoe only designated section of Carson National Forest. Amole Canyon offers unsullied old growth ponderosa pine as well as excellent conditions for all levels of snowshoe experience. After a snowshoe strapping demonstration, pole fitting and short safety talk, enjoy two miles of quiet blanketed wilderness at over 8.000 feet. This tour can also be paired with an afternoon wine tasting.
Experience the August Perseid Meteor Shower situated at nearly 8,000 feet above the Rio Grande Valley for a 2 Night and 3 Day adventure beneath Taos majestic skies. Immersed in the wild of Taos savor the breathtaking summer sunrises and sunsets while indulging farm-to-table coursed dining each evening and sleeping in a fusion of glamour and Taos camping beneath a canopy of stars. Journey With Us and read how we have cultivated this experience in our Travel Blog and our first Perseid Meteor Experience. Journey With Us and read how we have cultivated this experience in our Travel Blog and our first Perseid Meteor Experience.
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