Header photo: Kayaker John Fullbright on the Rio Grande by Geraint Smith
In This Issue:
Taos Solar Music Fest
High Altitude Sports
Salute the Troops
Pet Friendly Taos
Great Dining Options
Taos Calendar of Events
Enchanted Circle Happenings
Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
Experience World Class Music in the Park at theTaos Solar Music Festival
June 30 – July 1, 2012
This year Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos, Michael Franti, Spearhead and many others will take to the stage in beautiful downtown Taos.
Find out for yourself why people have been coming to Taos for centuries to experience its creative, inspirational and relaxing lifestyle. Perhaps it is the endless skies, the serene mountain beauty or the longstanding cultural tradition of music and movement, but artists and attendees alike will relish their time at thistwo-day music festival.
This fantastic event, now in its 13th year, boasts headlining bands in an intimate outdoor setting in Taos’ downtown Kit Carson Memorial Park— with Solar Village attractions added outside the specific music venue. Stroll around the check it out – but also make sure to get “inside” for your two-day music fix—$91 per adult; $51 for single day admission. This year’s lineup is the best yet.
For ticket purchase and complete details, including the latest bands added to the lineup visit www.solarmusicfest.com.
Taos: High Altitude Gran Fondo in Taos July 4thWeekend
Photo by Gabe Toth. Courtesy the Taos News
World-class competitive athletes come to Taos to train – to gain that “altitude edge” at 7,500 feet – and you can benefit too.
The Taos area is open, gorgeous, relatively uncrowded, a travel value by national standards and laid back in ambiance, but with internationally reknown cultural offerings and amenities—and it has the advantage of its high altitude training benefits, cooler temperatures, and clean air. Check out www.TaosSportsAlliance.com for a full listing of special sports events that are scheduled in Taos.
The newest offering is the Gran Fondo de Taos, the first ever Gran Fondo (110 mile bicycle race) and Medio Fondo (75 mile bicycle race) to be held in New Mexico. Whether you're a competitive or casual cyclist, the climbs in and around Taos are sure to “wow” you—so take up the challenge and register. These USA Cycling (USAC) events will leave from Kit Carson Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 7. A pre-ride party will be held on Friday, July 6. And, with numerous events planned in Taos beginning Wednesday, the Fourth of July, cyclists should plan on arriving early to partake in the fun, patriotic festivities and relaxing celebrations. These include a large, impressive, and professional fireworks display offered each 4th for an hour right after dusk by the Taos Volunteer Fire Department (can be viewed throughout the Town of Taos), and this year -- July 5 at 6:00 p.m. on Taos Plaza will be a rousing military band event, “Salute to the Troops.”
Both cyclist races will take participants on a scenic route near Taos Pueblo, and through the Villages of Arroyo Hondo, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire and some of the most beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain views in New Mexico. Finisher awards will be given to the top three places in the timed events for both men and women. Prizes include a $50 gift card and KOM Jerseys.
Gran Fondo de Taos has collaborated with Livestrong and the Taos Sports Alliance. Proceeds from the race will go toward the global fight against cancer and also to the Taos Sports Alliance to continue to build sports-related activity in northern New Mexico.
For more information on registration or for complete details on the event visit taos.org/granfondo
Calendar of Events
Ongoing during Summer 2012
Taos Jeep Tours
Sightseeing jeep tours of the top Taos attractions including, Taos Pueblo, Martinez Hacienda, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and more! Taos Jeep Tours provides you the opportunity to experience the best of Taos! Historical and educational tours. Tour times are 10 am to 1 pm or 1:30 to 4:30 pm and run $75 per person. For more information visit www.taosjeeptours.com
June 9, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management, Carson National Forest, New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, the Town of Taos Youth & Family Center present the 2012 Fish Fiestas. Registration is from 9 to 11 am and the Fiestas will end at 12 pm. Parents or legal guardians must be present. This is a drug and alcohol free event. Kids ages 11 and younger are encouraged to attend and have fun learning about fish biology and anatomy, fishing skills, and outdoor ethics. All fishing rules still apply. Contact Judy Esquibel at Town of Taos Youth & Family Center, 575- 758-4160
Location: Hopewell Lake, Rio Arriba County
Ongoing through August 2012
SMU in Taos Summer Lecture Series
These lectures are free to the community and include a variety of topics, from the Old Southwest, Oil Heiress, Millicent Rogers, architecture and more. Visit www.smu.edu/taos for more information.
Location: Fort Burgwin Dining Hall, SMU-Taos
June to August 2012
Delicious, Delectable Cooking at Cooking Studio Taos
Learn how to make great dishes from the experts with the Cooking Studio. Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean, greek and more, you're sure to learn how to whip up the feast of your friends' and families' dreams after coming to one of these classes. Visit www.cookingstudiotaos.com or 575-776-COOK to sign up!
June 17, July 1, 15, 18 and 29, 2012
Taos School of Music Celebrates 50th Anniversary
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Taos School of Music, one of the country’s oldest summer programs for the training of accomplished young chamber musicians. Opus 50 is the very special concert and events season planned to celebrate the occasion. This summer, 19 young musicians from all over the world will gather at the Hotel St. Bernard in Taos Ski Valley for an intensive program designed to hone their skills as performers of chamber music.
Special guests include: Jupiter String Quartet, American String Quartet, Michael Tree, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet and Christopher Costanza of the St.Lawrence Quartet, all of whom will perform in Taos this summer.
Tickets are $20 adults, $10 under 16. All concerts will be held at the Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Young Artist concerts are held at Hotel St. Bernard, Taos Ski Valley, and are free. For information or tickets, please contact: 575-776-2388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Taos Community Auditorium, Taos and Hotel St. Bernard, Taos Ski Valley
For a full listing of all events visit www.taos.org/women/exhibitions
Join us as Taos “Salutes the Troops’’ on July 5th
Independence Day Weekend is the perfect time to honor our troops and veterans. The Town of Taos in collaboration with the Taos County Chamber and the Taos Project kicks-off the inaugural Taos Salutes the Troops event July 5th.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m. children are invited to join in a mass decorating party sponsored by Twirl Toystore and Playspace, in the parking lot of Super Save at 519 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur. Children will be allowed to participate in the parade and should bring their bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters to decorate with art materials provided by Twirl.
The Community Parade will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting at SuperSave and finishing up at the Northside Post Office. The National Guard and approximately 200 Area Veterans will be participating in the parade along with children and other community members. The official ceremony opens on the Taos Plaza at 6:00 p.m. with the posting of the colors by the National Guard, a performance of the National Anthem, a prayer by Taos Pueblo Vietnam Veteran, Carl Concha, and a welcome from Mayor Darren Cordova.
Guests are invited to stay and celebrate on the plaza while listening to a live performance from The Gulf Coast Band from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The 531st Air Force Band has over a forty year history of sustaining the traditions and heritage that has become the hallmark of military bands. The event promises to be a great time and a wonderful salute to our armed forces past and present.
Media Blitz De Taos
2012 has been an exciting year for Taos kudos in the media—including international coverage and acclamations from Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Forbes, The Today Show, Shape Magazine, CNN and others (view some of this coverage at Taos-In-The-Media on www.Taos.org.)
Taos has also “gone video” to help “show” the beauty, culture, and heritage of Taos. Taos’ Swashbuckler Media has assisted with this producing footage relevant to the 2012 theme, Remarkable Women of Taos & Northern New Mexico, along with Taos’ many other traveler offerings. Taos is now better represented with a Taos You Tube Channel, and will continue adding new video on an ongoing basis to this channel and www.Taos.org. Some of the new offerings include:
• Remarkable Women of Taos
• Behind the Scenes with the Taos Ski Patrol
• Hot Air Ballooning
• Taos Art and Music Jam
• Solar Power
• New Mexico for Wine Lovers
• Rafting the Rio Grande
The production of this footage has been made possible by the support of local sponsors including:
Grahams Grille by Lesley Fay
Wanda Lucero – State Farm Agent
Red Cat Melissiana
July 13 through 15, 2012
Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
Each year Taos Pueblo hosts its own Pow Wow, a traditional gathering of Indian people. Derived from the Algonquin nation word meaning “a gathering of spiritual leaders,” Pow Wows were historically celebrations of successful hunts, preparations for war or celebrations of victories.
Today, like many other tribal nations, the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow combines ceremonial dances with traditional food, arts, crafts and food booths, dance and drum performances and competitions and other ceremonial and tribal activities.
Visit www.taospueblopowwow.com for information.
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Your Furry Travel Companions Are Welcome in Taos
Photo Courtesy the John Dunn Shops
The Town of Taos is not only a great destination for people looking to rejuvenate and reconnect with what’s important to them, but it is a great destination to bring what’s important to them, especially if that includes a beloved pet. Taos boasts more than a dozen lodging facilities and a number of restaurants with outdoor patios that are Fido-friendly.
Be sure to ask about pet-friendly perks and accommodations when booking reservations. There is also an impressive array of businesses and restaurants that welcome four-legged friends and with outdoor adventures awaiting, man’s best friend will be sure to get all the exercise they can handle.
If your pet isn’t accompanying you on your vacation, you have the option of adopting one for the day, or at the very least dining with a wooly creature in a beautiful, natural setting. Wild Earth Adventures offers a “Take A Llama to Lunch” day hike. The day hike through the magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains or the Rio Grande Gorge is at your own pace and a surefooted, good natured llama accompanies you bringing along a gourmet lunch. Lunch typically includes fresh fruits and garden salads, hearty sandwiches on fresh baked breads, natural sodas and is topped off by delicious desserts to tempt your sweet tooth.
If you do decide to bring your pets along on your adventure or respite in Taos, you can bring them knowing you can still have some much deserved “me” time away. 10,000 Wags is the equivalent of a pet resort and known for being the finest doggie-care in the southwest. With indoor/outdoor doggies suites located on two acres of picturesque Taos wilderness, your pup will think you’ve planned this retreat just for them. Be sure to call ahead for reservations and rates.
Go to www.10000wags.com for more information.
Taos’ Wild Earth Adventures offers a “Take A Llama to Lunch” day hike. This excursion through the magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains or the Rio Grande Gorge is at your own pace as you’re teamed with a surefooted, good natured llama – carrying your gourmet lunch for you and acting as a fun hiking companion. Lunch typically includes fresh fruits and garden salads, hearty sandwiches on fresh baked bread, natural sodas, and is topped off by delicious desserts to tempt your sweet tooth. Go to www.llamaadventures.com to meet Stuart Wilde’s fun llama friends and make your own hiking reservations.
Taos Is Into Choice: Restaurants Offer Extensive Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Options
In today's health conscious society, more and more people are choosing vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free options – and Taos meets that demand for its locals and visitors alike.
Taos is a mecca for those with special dietary needs and is a travellers’ paradise when seeking delicious vegetarian, gluten giver-upper, and even voracious vegan options.
Restaurants like Raw To Go and El Gamal, and B&Bs such as La Posada de Taos or Touchstone Inn, are just a couple of Taos locations offering up savory fare minus the meat and wheat.
“About a quarter of our guests at La Posada de Taos are now making vegetarian and/or gluten free meal requests,” said Brad Malone. The chef at La Posada has created an entire vegetarian and gluten free menu based on guests’ needs and they’re not alone in their response to a trend that seems to be growing. Fortunately, those looking for a vegetarian or gluten-free vacation or getaway easily find this in Taos.
Other recommendations made by “locals” include Taos Pizza Outback for the GF pizza and Matt’s GF lemon pound cake, made in Taos and found in several eateries. And don’t forget that most Northern New Mexican fare is naturally GF, with no shortage of such offerings in Taos.
If you’re packing your own picnic or want to explore “wholefood” healthy snacks for your daytrip out of Taos, go Cid’s grocery store on Taos’ north side for an extensive selection of vegetarian and gluten free options.
Catch the Taos Express
Catch the Taos Express to kick-off your unique, Taos experience. This relaxing, lower cost, greener alternative to taking your own car is a non-stop weekend connection between Taos and Santa Fe—round trip is only $10. Kids 10 and under ride free with an adult .
Check www.TaosExpress.com for schedule details. Reservations on the Taos Express are required.
Reservations can be made at www.TaosExpress.com or by calling 575-751-4459.
Ongoing through August 31, 2012
Farmer's Market in Eagle Nest
Come sample & purchase the freshest of local produce, eggs, wild caught salmon & lots of other goodies. We have even found pickled eggs and homemade butter there! Every Friday from June through Labor Day Friday. Eagle Nest Chamber of Commerce 575-377-2420, email@example.com, www.EagleNestChamber.org.
Location: Golden Eagle RV Park, 540 W. Therma
June 4 to 7, 2012
Field Institute of Taos - Outdoor Explore MINI
We have offered fun, successful outdoor education programs focused on active, hands-on learning experiences since 1996. Based in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico and utilizing the local outdoor environment, our exciting summer camps and after-school mountain bike sessions are focused on adventure, natural sciences, and local culture. In addition, Team F.I.Taos is a cycling team encompassing all ages and all abilities. All of our programs have a strong mentorship component encouraging youth and adults to share their knowledge and support each other. Call the Field Institute of Taos 575-770-2391 or visit www.fitaos.org
Location: Taos Ski Valley
June 8 to 10, 2012
Chile Challenge Mountain Bike Festival
Don't miss the live music, great food and fast racing on this leg of the Mountain States Cup Racing circuit for the 2013 Mountain Bike Racing season. For more information visit www.racemsc.com. Angel Fire Resort Mountain Bike Park 800-633-7463 or 575-377-6401
Location: Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
June 23 to September 3, 2012
Summer Chairlift Rides
Open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for kids and can be purchased at Taos Ski & Boot, Co. Taos Ski Valley's easiest way to escape the heat and enjoy the mountain scenery! Call 575-776-1413 for more information or visit www.taosskivalley.com.
Location: Taos Ski Valley
June 24 to 28, 2012
Michael DeYoung Photograpy Workshop
5 Day Action Adventure and Fitness Photography Workshop at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Veteran adventurer, landscape and lifestyle photographer Michael DeYoung will conduct this 5-day adventure photography workshop at the Edelweiss Lodge in Taos Ski Valley. Nestled in the highest mountains in New Mexico, the workshop focuses on incorporating the human element — athletes and adventurers — into the area’s dramatic landscapes. DeYoung will teach creative composition, lighting, action, art direction and design techniques to help participants create powerful images that convey a strong sense of place, action and emotion. Anyone wanting to improve their outdoor photography with any camera system will benefit from this workshop. Call 907-360-3609 www.mdphoto.com
Location: Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, Taos Ski Valley
June 30, 2012
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Flea Market
2nd Annual Flea Market hosted by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Come join the fun and great some great deals! 575-377-6661 or www.angelfirechamberofcommerce.org
Location: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce
June 30, 2012
Flag Retirement Ceremonies
This annual event pays honor to our nations stars and stripes that have flown proudly over many locations throughout the land. Come join this reverent occasion. Contact Kate German, 575-377-2293 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org
Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park