Explore Taos, New Mexico



Arriving By Air

Larger airports are located in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Santa Fe Airport services two airlines with daily flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, and Phoenix. The Albuquerque International Sunport offers nonstop flights to and from 24 cities across America, including major airline hubs. 

Both Santa Fe and Albuquerque have ample car rental options, so once you’ve finished taking in their delights, you can make your way up to beautiful Taos and the Enchanted Circle at your own pace. Car rentals in Taos include Wheeler Peak Rent-a-Car, located at the Taos Regional Airport, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, located on the south side of town and accessible by local bus route.

Shuttles, buses, and trains are also available to get you from the airport where you land to your destination in Taos. The North Central Regional Transit District provides a free ground shuttle between Taos Regional Airport and the Town of Taos. The Bus also has a variety of routes, some free of charge, around Taos and the Enchanted Circle as well as services to and from Santa Fe and Albuquerque. 

There are also several private shuttle services that will pick you up at the airport and drive you to Taos, either at a flat rate or per person fee. The New Mexico Rail Runner train provides light rail service between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Finally, Taos does have some rideshare options, though they aren’t always the most reliable or economical. This is the old wild west, after all!

Santa Fe Airport
Services two airlines with daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, and Phoenix.
Visit FlySantaFe.com

Albuquerque International Sunport
Offers nonstop flights to 24 major cities.
Visit ABQSunport.com


from the Airport

Town to/from Taos Ski Valley Shuttle Service
NCRTD (AKA the “Blue Bus”)
341 TSV Green Line provides fare-free winter shuttle service through Town, El Prado, Arroyo Seco, Valdez to the Taos Ski Valley. Service operates Thursday through Sunday, December 15th to March 26th during the 2022/2023 winter season. Times and days are listed here.

Shuttle Taos
Book South Boundary, Continental Divide, and custom shuttles for your next biking, hiking, or running adventure.
Visit shuttletaos.com or call/text 575-770-4033

Taos Rides LLC Shuttle Service
Serving Albuquerque, Taos, Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire.
Visit taosrides.com or call 575-613-3256.

Taos does have Uber drivers, but they are very limited. We highly suggest you make a backup plan in case they are not available.

between Santa Fe and Taos

New Mexico Rail Runner
Light rail service between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The Taos Express / NCRTD
The Taos Express provides weekend express service between Taos, Espanola and Santa Fe. All NCRTD buses are ADA compliant and can accommodate two bicycles.

around Taos

340 Chile Line Red
Providing service throughout the Town of Taos and surrounding communities.
Visit ncrtd.org for Taos area transportation services, routes and schedules.

Rental Car Companies

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1350 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Ste A
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Closed Saturday and Sundays.

Wheeler Peak Rent A Car
24662 US 64
Taos, NM 87571
(575) 776-4904
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00AM- 5:00PM. Closed Sundays.

Scenic Driving Routes to Taos from Santa Fe

Two major routes offer equally beautiful but different experiences on your drive from Santa Fe to Taos.

The High Road

The “High Road” to Taos from Santa Fe travels through forests, past jagged 13,000-foot peaks, and through small, isolated mountain towns. These places retain the flavor of the early Spanish settlers who came here four centuries ago. A scenic drive with beauty, hidden galleries, mountain vistas, and pure New Mexico charm.

The Low Road

The “Low Road” from Santa Fe is the most direct route between Taos and communities to the south. But don’t let the name fool you—the low road does not lack in natural beauty or cultural interest. It follows the Rio Grande through Northern New Mexico’s farming lowlands and, during the summer, local produce farmers set up roadside fruit and vegetable stands. The road then winds its way up through the Rio Grande Gorge, with small villages, galleries, and local wineries and breweries. It provides some of the most stunning scenery around, especially just south of Taos where you are met with a vista of mesa, mountain, and gorge that will take your breath away.

Drive Times

  • Denver: 4 hours 43 minutes
  • Colorado Springs: 3 hours 32 minutes
  • Lubbock: 6 hours 3 minutes
  • El Paso: 6 hours 6 minutes
  • Phoenix: 9 hours 16 minutes
  • Oklahoma City: 9 hours 12 minutes
  • Dallas: 10 hour 34 minutes
  • Austin: 12 hours 28 minutes

Driving Directions

  • ALBUQUERQUE TO TAOS: I-25 to Santa Fe; exit on 599 north to bypass Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
  • BRECKENRIDGE TO TAOS: Hwy. 9 to Fairplay; Hwy. 285 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
  • CRESTED BUTTE TO TAOS: Hwy. 135 to Gunnison; Hwy. 50 to Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
  • DENVER TO TAOS: I-25 to Colorado Springs to Walsenburg; Hwy. 160 to Fort Garland; Hwy. 159 and Hwy. 522 to Taos.
  • DURANGO TO TAOS: Hwy. 160 to Pagosa Springs; Hwy. 84 to Chama; Hwy. 17 to Antonito; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
  • VAIL TO TAOS: I-70 to Copper Mountain; Hwy. 91 to Leadville; Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
  • WEST TEXAS TO TAOS: I-40 to Clines Corners; Hwy. 285 to I-25 to Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.


Sagebrush Inn

Our hotel partner Sagebrush Inn & Suites is offering SHE RISES attendees a discounted rate on Friday 8/30, Saturday 8/31, and Sunday 9/1 of $209++ per night. The regular rate during this time is $289. This rate is for a Studio Room which includes a King bed, a Queen bed and a sleeper sofa.

Attendees must call the hotel directly at 575.758.2254 and use the code "She Rises". The rate is good through July 31 or when the room block fills whichever comes first.

A historic Taos landmark, Sagebrush Inn opened in 1931 as a 17-room hotel, catering to guests traveling by carriage along the trade route between New York and Arizona. Today, the newly restored Sagebrush Inn & Suites offers a mix of modern comforts and conveniences surrounded by historic Southwestern charm. 

Stroll through the Inn’s traditional Southwest grounds and spacious courtyards, enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool or hot tubs, or relax by our many kiva-style fireplaces. And don’t miss the Sagebrush Grill & Cantina. This hotspot for locals and visitors alike offers an authentic Southwest dining experience, daily Happy Hour, live entertainment and much more.

Taos Valley Lodge

Our hotel partner Taos Valley Lodge is offering SHE RISES attendees a discounted rate on Friday 8/30, Saturday 8/31, and Sunday 9/1 of $259++ per night. The regular rate during this time is $299. This is a rate for a Deluxe room with two Queen beds (non-pet friendly). 

Attendees must call the hotel directly at 575.737.0447 and use the code "She Rises". The rate is good through July 31 or when the room block fills whichever comes first.

Our newly renovated hotel puts you smack dab in the heart of Taos and close to everything this glorious area has to offer. Here you’re just 20 miles away from Taos Ski Valley, 3.8 miles from Taos Pueblo, 44 miles from Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa and 4 blocks from Taos Plaza and Kit Carson Park. 

Make sure to ask about our rooms that offer stunning views of our beautiful mountains! It might be cold outside, but our heated indoor pool and hot tub are the perfect temperature. You’ll also enjoy our newly opened Espresso Bar featuring Peet’s Coffee!


Taos, New Mexico

Experience the magic of summer in Taos, NM, where endless adventures and cultural treasures await. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and steeped in rich history, this vibrant destination offers a multitude of activities to make your summer truly unforgettable. 

Immerse yourself in nature's beauty by exploring the captivating trails of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Hike through pristine wilderness, discover hidden waterfalls, or embark on thrilling mountain biking excursions. For a unique adventure, explore the awe-inspiring Rio Grande Gorge, either by hiking its rim or braving the rapids through exhilarating whitewater rafting. 

Delve into Taos's rich artistic heritage by visiting the numerous galleries and studios that dot the town. Marvel at the exquisite works of local and international artists, and perhaps even find a masterpiece to bring home as a cherished memento. Don't miss the Taos Art Museum, where you can explore the diverse collection of Southwest art. 

Indulge in the vibrant culinary scene of Taos, where flavors come alive with a fusion of New Mexican and international cuisines. Savor the mouthwatering green chili-infused dishes, sample farm-fresh ingredients at local farmers' markets, or treat yourself to a fine dining experience featuring innovative creations. 

Immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of Taos by visiting the Taos Pueblo, a living Native American community and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient adobe structures, witness traditional dances, and engage in conversations that shed light on the enduring Native American traditions. 

Summer in Taos also brings a variety of festivals and events, from live music performances and outdoor concerts to art fairs and cultural celebrations. Experience the vibrant energy of the Taos Plaza, where local vendors showcase their crafts and musicians fill the air with melodic tunes. 

With its breathtaking scenery, captivating arts scene, and rich cultural heritage, Taos offers a summer experience that will leave you inspired and rejuvenated. Soak up the sun, explore the wonders of nature, and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Taos, where adventure and culture intertwine seamlessly.