Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Taos Ms

Taos, New Mexico

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Taos adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph by Michael Quintana, My Shot

Pop. 5,551
GPS: 36°23'N 105°34'W

Taos has served as the muse for Ansel Adams and the stomping ground for mesa desert lovers. The artists’ colony is a mecca for outdoor pursuits. Ride everything from a llama to a hot air balloon to get the best views of the Rio Grande Gorge and the Taos Plateau volcanic field.

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Mountain climbers of all levels can tackle insane multi-pitch routes in the Rio Grande Gorge. The Mountain Skills Rock Climbing School also leads yoga sessions when you reach the summit ($253 for six hours; Mountain bikers can ride along the West Rim Trail for nine miles, a woozy 1,000 feet above the Rio Grande.

The inevitable wait for a table is well worth it at Rellenos Cafe, an organic Mexican restaurant serving up cheap (everything's under $10) and authentic local favorites. Once you grab a seat on the outside patio, try the unique smoked salmon quesadilla, blue crab enchilada, or the chile relleno en nogada—a poblano stuffed with beef, raisins, and walnuts, and smothered in a brandy cream sauce (505-758-7001).

The Taos Inn, located in the heart of the historic district, offers rooms with pueblo-style fireplaces and killer margaritas at the Adobe Bar right on the premises (doubles from $75;

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