Hotel at a Glance: El Pueblo Lodge
El Pueblo Lodge’s history dates back more than a century, when it got its start as a ranch. The southwestern property still embraces its cowpoke days, with an adobe-style exterior and colorful woven rugs that adorn the guest rooms. From El Pueblo Lodge’s north building, you can admire the mountains surrounding Taos.
- Notable nods: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Rise and shine with a complimentary continental breakfast.
- Hot tub stays open year round at a balmy 104 degrees, so you can warm up on chilly nights
- Guest rooms are outfitted with free WiFi and big screen HDTVs that can access hundreds of channels
- Distance to skiing: Just a 30-minute drive north to Taos Ski Valley
Taos, New Mexico: Rural Mountain Town with Thriving Art Scene and World-Class Skiing
Situated atop a 7,000-foot mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the small town of Taos—in north-central New Mexico—buzzes with artistic activity and outdoor pursuits. Downtown, historic buildings house more than 50 art galleries, restaurants, and jewelry shops. Taos’s picturesque desert landscapes have inspired many artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe and D.H. Lawrence. The Taos Art Museum celebrates the town’s creative heritage with displays of local artwork from the 20th century. The building was once the home of Russian painter and woodcarver Nicolai Fechin.
The southern Rockies’ premier ski resort, Taos Ski Valley challenges winter-sports enthusiasts with steep slopes, a peak elevation of nearly 12,500 feet, and 113 trails and bowls—half of which are designed for expert skiers and snowboarders. Once the snow melts, the nearby Wheeler Peak Wilderness lures hikers with scenic trails and ample wildlife, including golden eagles, elk, marmot, and the occasional mountain lion or black bear. You can conquer Wheeler Peak—New Mexico’s tallest mountain at 13,161 feet—on an 8-mile summit trail.
Just north of town, visitors are welcome at Taos Pueblo, an ancient Native American village and World Heritage site. For more than 1,000 years, Pueblo Indians have called these multistory adobes home. Here, you can sample wood-fired bread, witness a ceremonial buffalo dance, or purchase handcrafted wares such as turquoise and silver bracelets and woven blankets.