3-DAY Taos, New Mexico ITINERARY

Taos is a town in northern New Mexico’s high desert, bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s known for historic adobe buildings such as Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe complex inhabited by Native Americans for centuries. A longtime artist colony, Taos also offers many galleries and museums showcasing regional artwork, including the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum, per Google.

Must do, must see, must try:


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Cactus cover the horizon, so be mindful when you take the path less traveled.

The 3-Day Taos Itinerary


AirBnB close to Downtown Taos

Hotel: El Monte Sagrado Hotel ($$), The Historic Taos Inn ($$)


Summers have more crowds and higher rates, but the ideal time for pleasant temperatures of May until early June, or late September through October. 


It's easier to rent a car here and parking and gas prices are not too bad. The itinerary pieces activities together that are walk-able, but Lyft to the outskirts.


Language is English

Currency: US Dollar


Fun city that offers a lot of activities that won't break your budget. The atmosphere is ideal for any type of trip - friends reunion or a family vacation; not so much for a romantic getaway. October hosts the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally.

Taos attracts hundreds of visitors each year due to its historical sights and more. Besides the most photographed and iconic churches, Taos offers a lively ski season, clean air and a land of Enchantment and Earthships. 

Day one

Morning flight

  • On the way to the hotel, stop and get your picture on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Check in and drop off bags at the hotel

11:30 - Lunch at The Love Apple ($$, Mexican)

12:30 PM - Venture to see the Earthships and off-grid living at The Greater World Earthship Community; time spent is 1-2 hours

2 PM - Hike in The Village of Arroyo Seco to El Salto Frozen Falls (‘Spanish Falls’) and find the waterfalls; time spent is 3-4 hours, $4 (bring cash)

5:30 PM - Grab a drink and enjoy the view at Taos Mesa Brewing ($, Brewery)

Head back to the hotel to clean up

7:30 PM - Dinner at Lambert’s of Taos ($$$, American) or Old Martina’s Hall ($$, Local & Bar)

Day Two

9 AM - Big breakfast at Michael’s Kitchen ($$, Brunch)

10 AM - Visit the Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico; time spent is 3 hours, $16

  • Join a Guided Tour; takes 20-30 minutes

  • This site is a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Wear closed toe shoes and bring water

1:30 PM - Lunch at El Meze ($$, Latin American)

Shop around on Paseo Del Pueblo Norte: check out Camino Real Imports, Casa Cristal Pottery and more

4 PM - After treat at Taos Cow ($, Ice Cream)

Venture to the Saint Francis de Assis Church and check it out

Walk next door for dinner at Trading Post ($$, Italian & Tapas)

Drinks at The Historic Taos Inn ($$, Bar)

Day Three

Grab coffee and a bite at Elevation Coffee ($, Coffee Shop)

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Los Rios River Runners, Racecourse Half-Day Raft Trip; time spend is 3 hours, $65

  • Option: Horseback Riding with Big Al Johnson

Lunch at Gutiz ($, French & Latin)

Tasty treat from Chokola’ ($, Chocolate Factory)

Late afternoon flight.

Goodbye Taos. Head home.

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