What to do and see in Ranchos De Taos, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 8, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Discover the best top things to do in Ranchos De Taos, United States including San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, Far Flung Adventures, Millicent Rogers Museum, Steven Bundy Photography, Taos Drums, Ranchos de Taos Plaza, Taos Country Club, Taos Art Museum, Chimayo Trading Del Norte, SMU-in-Taos.
Restaurants in Ranchos De Taos

1. San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557 +1 575-758-2754
Excellent
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4.5 based on 613 reviews

San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church

Buttressed church photograhed by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, and painted by famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Reviewed By greyonatray - London

We visit Assisi often, this was a dramatic contrast to the sumptuous basilica of St Francis there, a lovely little church, with immense adobe walls and simple touching paintings inside on the altars. No wonder so many artists feel inspired to draw, paint and photograph this place

2. Far Flung Adventures

#15 Hwy 522, El Prado, Taos, NM 87529
Excellent
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5 based on 105 reviews

Far Flung Adventures

Far Flung Adventures has been safely outfitting family and group river trips for over 40 years. We have run commercial adventures on dozens of rivers around the country and the world. With that said, these days we like to concentrate our work here in New Mexico, because this is the land and the people we care most about. The northern region of New Mexico offers access to unprecedented southwestern scenery and landscapes, and there is hardly any better vehicle for exploring that beauty than via one of our two great river systems. We are located in Taos, NM which provides easy access to the finest New Mexico rivers. The best rafting in the region can be found on The Rio Grande at the bottom of a beautiful gorge, or on America's Newest Wild and Scenic River, the Rio Chama. The fun starts shortly after ski season, as the snow begins to melt, providing excellent river conditions during runoff and throughout the summer.

Reviewed By Gail G - Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Great experience with Far Flung Adventures from quick response to inquiries several weeks before our trip to thoughtful accommodations. Will helped us select a great tour that included setting up a convenient meeting spot, transporting us to the "put in site" on the Rio Grande, and, with help from his partner, Hank, reviewing safety plans, fitting us with life jackets, and pushing off into the clear but swift running river just south of the Gorge. The sun shone brightly and Will took the oars steering us around the bends, banks, and over rare rocky shoals. We never got wet! Had a delicious lunch ashore. This team couldn't be nicer in deciding on the overall length of our day, putting in to use the "facilities" and answering all sorts of questions about the river, geology, ducks, fish, otters, trees, and history.
We ended our trip with a hot soak at Ojo Caliente in lithium, soda, and iron pools.

3. Millicent Rogers Museum

1504 Millicent Rogers Rd, Taos, NM 87571 +1 575-758-2462
Excellent
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4.5 based on 643 reviews

Millicent Rogers Museum

This impressive museum has more than a dozen galleries with some 5000 pieces of Native American and Hispanic art, including furniture, weaving, paintings, pottery and a celebrated collection of Native American jewelry.

Reviewed By Chris L - Albuquerque, New Mexico

I had never heard of this woman before, but she put Native American art on the map in the U.S. What a collection! Gorgeous rugs, jewelry, pots, etc. This is all located in what used to be her home. Staff friendly and helpful. Nice gift store.

4. Steven Bundy Photography

Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557-4000
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5 based on 60 reviews

Steven Bundy Photography

Each of my full day custom photo tours will start around 10:00 am and run 8-9 hours (weather permitting). Half day tours are also available and run 4-5 hours. Each tour will begin and end at my studio in Taos. (To begin tours in Santa Fe I will charge a $30 fuel fee for the extra drive between Taos & Santa Fe). There are no specific photographic abilities required for these tours other than a general knowledge of the workings of your camera and wanting to go out have some fun. If needed I will be available to help you better understand the use of your camera. My intention with my tours is to show you the wonder and beauty of Northern New Mexico and have you go home with some images that you would want to hang on your wall. If you have some specific locations that you would like to visit, contact me for customized tours and pricing.

Reviewed By squidleun4 - Berkeley, California

We had a great time with Steve and his friend, John (iPhone photographer), for the full day High Road to Taos tour. Steve is passionate about photography and is an excellent teacher and guide through the beautiful High/Low Road to Taos. We were able to...MoreThank you Sydney. It was pleasure to take both you and Mark around the area. I hope to see you both again on your next trip to the area. Steve.

5. Taos Drums

3956 State Road 68, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557-7915 +1 800-424-3786
Excellent
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Taos Drums

Reviewed By BJKCoMo - Saint Louis, Missouri

I purchased some embroidered material straps from this business. They were in a basket in a room with many imported blankets and rugs (they didn't carry any local, handmade items like this--I asked as I was looking for something like that). The straps were not marked with a price anywhere I could find. I waited for at least 10-15 minutes for the woman at the counter (Debbie) to finish with a customer. She could not find a price on any of the straps, told me that her boss (the owner) was in but that she didn't like to bother him with questions because he didn't like to be interrupted. She sold me the straps at a price she believed was she said she believed was fair.
Two weeks later, I called and wanted to purchase a few more to finish the project I was working on. I had to leave a message as no one answered during business hours. The woman who returned my call (KC) left me a message to return her call to clarify what I had described in detail in my first message. I returned her call and, again, had to leave another message. She returned my call later, we spoke and she then told me that she believed the straps were actually at least 10x the price that Debbie had sold them for but that they were still not priced. She told me Debbie would return my call. She also told me she could not ask the owner as he was out of town. She mentioned that he often displayed merchandise that wasn't priced. She mentioned what a "great deal" I had gotten.
Debbie returned my call the following day and asked that I send her pictures of the straps via email. She then told me that the straps she thought I was describing were not yet priced (this was 2 weeks later following my original purchase). I sent the pictures to her.
She later responded via email and voicemail. The picture she sent was the basket that now had a handwritten card with a price on it for the straps. They were indeed priced at nearly 10x the price I purchased them for.
In her voicemail, Debbie stated that she had been unable to ask the owner the day I was there what the price for the straps was because he was not there (the day I was there, as I mentioned, she told me he was there and she couldn't ask him because he didn't like to be disturbed). She also mentioned 3 times in that voicemail what a "great deal" I had gotten. (I never asked her to sell them at a certain price--she said she was giving me a price she thought was fair at the time she sold them).

Although I considered buying a drum here, I think there are better places to do so (I own a collection of drums of varying sorts), esp after I read on the sales receipt that there is store credit only for any returns. The website states that they stand by their workmanship but I read the experiences of one of the people who received a drum as a gift that was falling apart in a rather short period of time. Coupled with my own experiences here, I don't think continued support of this business would be wise.

I certainly do hope that they are sharing a large percentage of their markups on their Peruvian and Ecuadorian products with the artisans. I have my doubts about that. And I question why they do not sell locally-produced rugs and other textiles. Certainly their choice as a business, of course. But they are surrounded by Native Americans and other textile artists who could as easily supply them with these items. After my experiences here, I have drawn my own conclusions about this aspect of this business as well.

6. Ranchos de Taos Plaza

Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557
Excellent
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4 based on 46 reviews

Ranchos de Taos Plaza

Reviewed By Ralph C - Colorado Springs, Colorado

The plaza is the typical adobe plaza surrounded by shops that offer a wide variety of SW items. Stop and read the history of this 200+ year old plaza. It is easy to imagine the cowboys bringing in the cattle and other farm animals in the evening to offer them protection from wild animals and roving Indians.

Put the plaza on your list of places to visit if you are planning a trip to Taos.

7. Taos Country Club

54 Golf Course Dr, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557-7914 +1 505-758-7300
Excellent
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4 based on 41 reviews

Taos Country Club

Reviewed By Tyler2004

Price was reasonable and course wasn't crowded. Course condition was good. Course layout is excellent. Wide fairways with undulating, bent grass greens. Putts tend to break down valley. Bunkers could use more sand but were very playable as is. Range balls are worn and $4.50 for small bucket... But you didn't come to play the range. We'd play there again.

8. Taos Art Museum

227 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Fechin House, Taos, NM 87571-7316 +1 575-758-2690
Excellent
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4.5 based on 235 reviews

Taos Art Museum

Taos's newest museum, opened in 1994, has a collection of works by early members of the Taos Society of Artists never seen before by the public.

Reviewed By packcal

Fechin, the painter was also an accomplished woodcarver who produced the interesting wood-carved furniture and interior of the historic house.

The art we saw on display included a good number of Taos Art Society paintings as well as Fechin’s own work. Portraits were one of his strengths.

Cost to enter the museum was fair and there was a lot of free off street parking. This was our third visit over the years.

9. Chimayo Trading Del Norte

St Francis Plaza, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557 +1 575-758-0504
Excellent
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Chimayo Trading Del Norte

Reviewed By Trickstersawpix - Lubbock

Standard tourist type gallery store. Great merchandise with standard pricing for original rugs and jewelry. Easy to get in and out of, nice stop while strolling the Ranchos Plaza.

10. SMU-in-Taos

Fort Burgwin, 6580 Highway 518, Ranchos De Taos, Taos, NM 87557 +1 575-758-8322
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5 based on 2 reviews

SMU-in-Taos

Southern Methodist University (located in Dallas, TX), owns and operates a 423-acre campus in beautiful Taos, NM. The SMU-in-Taos campus is located on the footprint of the historic Fort Burgwin.SMU-in-Taos offers numerous programs and courses throughout the year. Programs range from the multiple residential terms offered to undergraduate students throughout the year to the annual Cultural Institute held in July.

Reviewed By Artemis112013 - Fairplay, Colorado

We have visited SMU in Taos on a number of occasions. During summer, they provide a fascinating lecture series for local and visitors alike on Tuesday evenings. Topics typically include information about the culture and lifestyle of the area's earliest residents. Always a fascinating evening!We are so glad to hear you enjoyed visiting the campus for our summer Colloquium Series! We hope you will join us again this year.

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