Taos Wild: Nature, Wildlife & Geology Half Day Tour
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Offered Year Round
Adult $165 per person + tax | Kids $145 per person + tax | 2 Guest Min & 8 Guest Max
Tour Meets and Ends at Taos’ El Monte Sagrado Resort
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.
Our first stop is to explore the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, established by President Barack Obama in 2013. Named after the mighty river which originates from Southern Colorado and extends out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Rio Grande was added to the list of Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1968, making it one of the first eight US rivers to be protected.
Next we traverse ancient lava flows, learning more about the dynamic geologic forces that created this enchanting landscape. Explore and learn about the diverse plants, including wildflowers, sage, and piñon, along our moderate 2.4 mile hike. Try rolling sage into your hands and inhale for a cleansing breath as we connect to the land. Along the trail you will learn about the habitat and behaviors of local wildlife, while exploring ancient rock art called petroglyphs. These are ancient symbols and stories pecked into stone by ancestral Puebloans.
Following our hike we will travel parallel to the West Rim trail stopping at the 50 year old steel arch deck bridge that rises over 600 feet above the Rio Grande Gorge. This is the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. This geological phenomenon known as the rift zone exposes ancient ingenious basalt. The overlook provides breathtaking views of this iconic landscape on the Taos Plateau and is a great place for that perfect vacation photo.
Next we head to the World Headquarters of the Earthship Biotecture to learn about the development of fully sustainable prototype homes that have a zero carbon footprint. You will experience an Earthship that combines passive solar architecture, thermal mass construction, renewable energy, integrated water systems that include indoor food growing, and the use of natural and recycled materials. These stylish homes give you an insight into a new way of living, sustainable and off-the grid.