Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Taos City Trip

The sunset is one of the many sights to see in Taos, New Mexico

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Where to Stay Where to Eat What to See & Do

DAY 3: D.H. Lawrence Ranch, Taos Ski Valley and Wineries

Stop in for a big country breakfast and the oversized, glazed cinnamon rolls at Michael's Kitchen to prepare yourself for a literary pilgrimage to the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, site of a memorial chapel and shrine where the great writer's ashes are interred. To get there, take Highway 522, looking out for the 10-mile marker on your right at San Cristobal; then follow the dirt road up to the house, which isn't open to the public. Lawrence only lived here for 22 months, during the years 1922 to 1925, but he was so taken by the area that both he and his wife Frieda chose to be buried here.

If you visit Taos during the winter season and like the feel of fresh powder under your feet, you will find world-class skiing and snowboarding in Taos Ski Valley, as well as lessons and equipment rentals. If you've never seen snow before, don't worry — Taos Ski Valley has one of the best ski and snowboarding schools in the nation. You will find that seeing the colors of the desert under a blanket of pristine snow is quite an unforgettable experience. If you want to explore nature but don't like getting on skis, then consider Cottams Rio Grande Rafting, which will take you on thrilling white water rafting expeditions.

Have fun during the winter in New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley

If you are driving back to Albuquerque on the third day, keep in mind that the trip takes about three hours. Allow extra time to visit the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos. This magnificent adobe structure is built in the traditional shape of the cross, and its massive walls are among the most painted and photographed in New Mexico. Both painter Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams were fascinated by its form. It's still fully operational, so be respectful when you visit.

On your way back through the small towns of Dixon and Velarde, you may want to stop to pick up some locally grown produce and red chile pepper ristras at stands that dot the roadside. You can also find several wineries in the area as well, including Vivac Winery in Embudo, Los Luceros Winery north of Espanola and La Chiripada in Dixon. Stop for a tasting of creations from this growing New Mexican industry, and maybe take a few bottles home with you. They'll provide a perfect way to toast the memories of your Taos visit.

* Typical Taos Sunset by HARMONHOUSE tm Designs, provided by the Destination
Connection Team


Plan a voyage to a tropical paradise aboard one of GAYOT's Best Caribbean Cruises.
Get the 411 on the City of Angels. Find the city's top hotels, restaurants, attractions and more with GAYOT's guide.