The tourists have all gone home and the beauty of a thawing mountain range reminds the remaining locals of what a special place Taos Ski Valley, NM really is. What in the winter is a skier’s paradise, in summer becomes a sleepy mountain town offering luxury lodging at extreme discounts, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and authentic New Mexican Cuisine. New Mexico’s best kept secret in summer weekend getaways and family fun is Taos Ski Valley, NM
Luxury Lodging at Discounted Rates-
The Edelweiss Lodge and Spa is truly the peak of luxury in the Taos Ski Valley. Located on the Strawberry Hill slopes and in the main base area village, the Edelweiss is convenient to every summertime activity. The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa blends a sophisticated ambience, an array of amenities, and professional service for a first-class lodging.
Fly Fishing Adventures-
Your Wild and Scenic New Mexico Fly Fishing Adventure Begins Here.The waters are home to Rainbow, Wild Brown, Brook and native Cutthroat Trout. Join us for an adventurous fly fishing experience amongst the unsurpassed beauty of the Chama River Valley, the Enchanted Circle, the Rio Grande Gorge and the Cimarron River Canyon.
White Water Rafting-
When the snow starts to melt, water streams in from Colorado and the nearby Sangre de Cristo mountain to keep the waters of the mighty Rio Grande flowing. Taos area rivers provide whitewater opportunities for everyone from the first time rafter who just want to get their feet wet to adrenaline junkies who want more challenging river experiences; trips range from a few hours to a few days.
Come ride gentle horses with friendly, knowledgeable guides in the Land of Enchantment. Appropriate for the whole family, there are horseback trips starting the Taos Ski Valley ranging from one hour on beautiful mountain trails to all day trips above timberline. You can even go on a llama trek in the Sangre de Cristos or into the Rio Grade Gorge areas.
Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Adventures offers guided climbing and instruction for all skills levels throughout northern New Mexico- from Taos Ski Valley to the Rio Grande Gorge. If you are a first time beginner wanting to experience rock climbing New Mexico in a safe professional setting; or you’re an intermediate to expert rock climber looking to hone your skills, climb a classic New Mexico multi-pitch rock climb, beat the crowds, put up first ascents, or sport climb at your limit. The professional staff at Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Guides can take you to the perfect New Mexico rock climbing area for your ability level and give you a skill and/or memory to last a lifetime.
Hiking in Carson National Forest (www.taosskivalley.com/pages/play/summer-activities/Hiking/)
Guided hikes with a naturalist/ medicinal plant tours in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area (Taos Ski Valley) with Oso Negro Guide Service (575) 776-1628
Summer Chair Lift Rides-
A relaxing way to escape the heat and enjoy the mountain scenery. Take in the spectacular views, blue skies and clear mountain air while riding the chairlift. At the top, experience unobstructed views of alpine peaks and abundant wildflowers. Open seasonally Thursday through Monday from 10-4:30. (For more information, go to www.skitaos.org
It’s Disk Golf – test your skill, keep the score, enjoy the views and spend a day in the mountains. Located around the base area and on Strawberry Hill this is a great way for the whole family to get together and try to outdo each other. Play is FREE and Rental discs are available at Taos Ski and Boot at the base of Lift #1. Disk Golf is open daily from June 21st until Oct 1st. (For more information, go www.skitaos.org
The Taos area has some of the country’s most spectacular biking from classic road rides over mountain passes to mountain bike trails to the area’s highest peaks. There is now a recreation area dedicated to mountain biking complete shuttles as well as a number of well documented rides in the mountains with guides and shuttles available from area bike shops.
Northside at Taos Ski Valley-
Come ride your mountain bike at Taos Ski Valley’s only approved summer recreational area, and some of the best alpine mountain biking anywhere. Explore approximately 25 miles of single-track trails and old grass covered two-track roads through beautiful stands of evergreen forest, expansive groves of aspen, and grassy meadows with spectacular views, all available by private land access permit. The terrain is best suited for the intermediate and higher level rider. With their new Shuttle Service though, you can bypass the first two or three miles of climbing and enjoy more of the mountain!
Gently gliding on the soft desert winds into the Gorge in the basket of a colorful hot air balloon, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as a backdrop, this is the premier hot air balloon flight of the state of New Mexico. From snow covered mountains in the Winter, baby coyotes and deer in the Spring, blossoming flowers, bushes and cacti in Summer to colorful Fall foliage — there is ALWAYS majestic beauty everywhere! FAA certified pilots are personable and entertaining, making even the drive to the Gorge fun.