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Taos
The Town of Taos, New Mexico is known for gorgeous lighting with epic sunsets of red, orange and purple blazing through the sky. Vast open spaces dotted with cedar trees, juniper, and sage brush in varying shades of green framed by mountains make you feel as though you’re in a painting. Adobe architecture against bright blue sky, and the smell of burning piñon set the mood to be swept away. It’s no wonder so many artists have chosen the state as a geographical muse.

Taos, a quirky remote northern town with a population of about 6000 people, sits at 7000 ft above sea level. Adventure is the route to Taos, it is accessed by Route 68, the scenic High Road, or by plane into a tiny airport stretched out on the mesa. The town is situated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande River cuts through offering beautiful views and a fun ride for those who like to play outside. Sustainable homes known as Earthships, historical sites like the Taos Pueblo where people have lived for hundreds of years, a plaza for shopping, cute neighborhoods to explore, a wealth of outdoor activities, and food worth the drive north from Santa Fe are part of what Taos has to offer.

Taos Ski Valley
The Village of Taos Ski Valley is situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 15 miles northeast of Taos via US Highway 150. Originally settled by a group of hearty and adventurous miners in the 1800’s, the community is now inhabited by hearty and adventurous skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Home of world famous Taos Ski Valley Resort, the Village of Taos Ski Valley contains four miles of roads and is bordered completely by Carson National Forest. The village was incorporated in 1996 and at an elevation of 9200 feet, however the Village limits reach elevations of 12,581 feet with the highest residential dwelling being at 10,350 feet, making Taos Ski valley the highest municipality in the US.

Situated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Rio Grande cuts through Taos offering beautiful views and a fun ride for those who like to play in the water. Sustainable homes known as Earthships, ancient sites like the Taos Pueblo inhabited for hundreds of years by Tiwa-speaking Native Americans, the historic plaza, charming neighborhoods to explore, a wealth of outdoor activities, and food worth the drive north from Santa Fe are only part of what Taos has to offer.
Taos Ski Valley

The Village of Taos Ski Valley is perched at 9,200 feet high up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 15 miles northeast of Taos via US Highway 150. Originally settled by a group of hearty and adventurous miners in the 1800’s, the community is inhabited today by hearty and adventurous skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The ski area exists because of the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German named Ernie Blake, his wife Rhoda and friends. A passionate skier, Blake dreamed for years of building a ski area, and launched Taos Ski Valley in 1955 on a shoestring budget. The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area’s pioneers—a mix of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees—combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures. The Village is surrounded by the Carson National Forest and offers activities, special events, accommodations and fine dining in summer, fall, winter and spring.

Revel in an alpine sunrise. Soak up big mountain views. Stargaze from your room balcony. Hike through flower-carpeted meadows. Learn to speak German. Take your skiing to the next level. Enjoy a pot of cheese fondue. Hoist a stein of Bavaria's best suds. Watch your grand kids grow into epic skiers and boarders. Make new friends, renew old acquaintances. Feel like family in this wonderful village of outdoor enthusiasts.

Includes Cities/Towns: El Prado, Taos, Taos Ski Valley.

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   Taos and Taos Ski Valley are world-renowned for our long list of outdoor activities. With 285 days of sunshine, it's the perfect place to be outside to discover the brilliant light of the southwest, excellent hiking and biking trails, ski resorts, hot springs, and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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Taos has more artists per capita than any town in the world, even Paris. And if you add musicians, writers, filmmakers and theater to that list, everyone in Taos is an artist.

Art in Taos; let us tell you more. We have over 80 art galleries of galleries. There are six museums in Taos that preserve and display historic and contemporary art. There are two major art festivals in Taos – Fall Arts and Spring Arts -- several film festivals, a poets and storyteller festival, and four music festivals - classical, jazz, and rock.

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Taos and Taos Ski Valley are served by the NCRTD. Transportation to Espanola and Santa Fe is offered at reduced rates. The NCRTD provides free shuttle service between Taos and Taos Ski Valley.

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Holy Cross Hospital
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Local Doctors have their own clinics that can also be included here.

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Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  10.7  25.1  39.6  0.6 "
 Feb  17.9  31.1  44.2  0.6 "
 Mar  24.9  38.5  52.1  0.8 "
 Apr  30.1  45.3  60.5  0.8 "
 May  38.2  54.0  69.9  1.2 "
 Jun  46.4  63.5  80.7  1.0 "
 Jul  52.0  68.3  84.5  1.4 "
 Aug  51.4  66.7  81.9  1.9 "
 Sep  44.3  60.0  75.7  1.3 "
 Oct  33.3  49.1  65.0  1.2 "
 Nov  21.7  36.2  50.7  0.9 "
 Dec  12.8  27.2  41.6  0.6 "


We have four beautiful seasons of mostly sunshine, cool and sunny summers and winters that have plenty of sunshine and snow high on the mountains but less so in town. We are at 7000 feet and the air is dry and cool.

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Senior Assistance in Taos and Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, NM

Taos and Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, New Mexico offers the following assistance for seniors:


http://www.taoslivingcenter.com/

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Our volunteer and civic opportunities are built around a small town community and all that makes this place shine. From the Taos Pueblo, the Men's Shelter, the CAV, the local churches, our Stray Hearts Animal Shelter...the list goes on with ample opportunity to give back.

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