Taos

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
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Trip End Mar 29, 2009


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Monday, March 16, 2009

Taos is well known as an artists colony ever since the early 20's when famous socialite Mable Dodge Luhan started inviting all her artist friends to the area.  I really wanted to come to Taos because of the Indian Pueblo.  It's just my luck that it's closed to the public for ceremonial purposes by the tribe until next month.  I hate to say this, but after Santa Fe, I wasn't really that impressed with Taos.  Maybe it's this time of year, but the town was pretty dead. 

Taos does have some artist studios and a couple museums like the Bent house, but the coolest thing I did was visit the Kit Carson House and Museum.  Kit was a legendary mountain man, Indian scout, and soldier.  He was a true pioneer and had a home here.  He was married to a local Spanish maid and lived for many years here after his wild days.  He and his wife Josefa are buried here in the local cemetery named after him.

I actually enjoyed the drive up along the "High Road to Taos" scenic byway more than Taos itself.  This is beautiful high mountain country and every mile is a fantastic scene.  The mountains and snow, along with small Spanish and Indian villages sprinkled throughout make for a great drive (or ride).  The best of these spots was the Santuario de Chimayo.  This is a local church and chapel built by a local parishioner back in the 1800's.  To the Catholic faithful, this is a Holy place where miraculous healings have been reported.  It is considered the American version of the famous Lourdes grotto in France.  Since it was a Sunday, I lucked out and got to attend Mass!  I'm not Catholic, but I said a prayer for you all.  : )

Well, today the space shuttle Discovery finally launched.  After over a month and countless delays, she's on her way.  This was one of the high points I had planned to see as part of the trip, but I will just have to chalk it up as "the one that got away".  :  (

So it's time to turn South and head over to Phoenix to commune with the family.  Since I missed the Taos Pueblo, I'm going to visit the Acoma Pueblo which is West of Albuquerque.

"Go West young man..."

~JQ
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indianhillsinn
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Sorry the Pueblo was closed on your visit. This year, they are closed until April 20, 2010. It is certainly one of the key places to visit while here. You didn't mention a number of other area museums that may have improved your time spent in Taos. Millicent Rogers is just a few miles North of town and is home to a huge collection that includes historic, artistic, and cultural pieces. Harwood is right in the heart of downtown and also includes many unique and interesting displays. Also close to downtown is the Blumenschien Home, one of the original Taos artist community founders. The Fechin House and Taos Art Musuem are home to many well known and recognized piecs of art from the founding days of the Taos art colony. The Givernor Bent Home and museum is also downtown and adds similar displays to the Kit Carson House and museum. The Martinez Hacienda is an excellent example of a colonial NM courtyard house and is just a short drive from downtown. You'll find many other historic museums and interesting sights around the area from Raton to Cimarron to Eagle Nest to Angel Fire to Chama to Los Alamos to Ghost Ranch, all within a couple hours drive from your Taos exploration headquarters.

Some folks comment that Santa Fe is too busy and commercialized. Taos is much more laid back and far less developed which appeals to many folks. Depending upon the time of year, there are a number of activities and festivals to pique some peoples interests that are held in and around the Taos area.

You can alwasy get some guidance from the Taos Chamber of Commerce, the Taos Visitor Center, or our front desk team at Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza. Many of the local we bsites include links to the area activities. Try http://www.newmex.com/indianhillsinn for more information than most hotel sites offer.

By the way, March is a great time to visit if you are a winter sports lover - skiing, snow boarding, snow mobiling, snow shoeing, ice fishing, etc. Ski you in Taos!

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