The Taos News - Best of Taos 2020 : 2019-06-13



Far Flung Adventures is beautiful. Or maybe it’s the trail’s proximity to New Mexico’s highest point, Wheeler Peak, that gives it the most thumbs up. The trail is a 4-mile (roundtrip) trek that starts at the Village of Taos Ski Valley. This Carson National Forest trail, which has some steeper points mixed in with mostly level stretches, climbs to more than 700 feet per mile. At its culminatio­n, Williams Lake sits at 11,040 feet. Along the way, outdoor adventurer­s are rewarded with beautiful columbines, boulder fields and a waterfall near the lake. STATE ROAD 52, EL PRADO • (800) 359-2627 • FARFLUNG.COM Best Local Museum Harwood Museum Devisadero Loop Trail 238 LEDOUX STREET, TAOS • (575) 758-9826 Best Rafting Company FROM TAOS, FOLLOW U.S. HIGHWAY 64 APPROXIMAT­ELY 3 MILES EAST. PARKING IS ALONG THE HIGHWAY AT THE EL NOGAL PICNIC AREA. HARWOODMUS­EUM.ORG This consummate museum showcases a permanent collection of more than 4,700 works and an archive of 17,000 photograph­s from the 19th century onward. In the early part of the 20th century, many artists — such as Agnes Martin — were drawn to the Taos area to pursue a new, truly American art devoid of industrial influence. The Harwood Museum collection brings to the public a unique record of this artistic convergenc­e from its beginnings to the present day. Truly an art lover’s destinatio­n. FS.USDA.GOV Los Rios River Runners (575) 776-8854 • LOSRIOSRIV­ERRUNNERS.COM Best Place for Kids to Have Fun In the summer, rafting is king in Northern New Mexico. Local storytelle­r and river master Cisco Guevara and his highly trained crew form the oldest, most experience­d rafting outfit in the area having started in 1978. Los Ríos River Runners also has access to the most stretches of New Mexico rivers than any other whitewater rafting company and are consistent­ly the rafting fan’s favorite guide down the Río Grande. Newly offered are exquisite glamping (camping in luxury) excursions. Twirl Play & Discovery Space Millicent Rogers Museum 2 CAMINO DE LA PLACITA (ANOTHER ENTRANCE IS ON TERESINA LANE JUST OFF THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF TAOS PLAZA) • (575) 751-1402 1504 MILLICENT ROGERS ROAD, EL PRADO • (575) 758-2462 MILLICENTR­OGERS.ORG TWIRLTAOS.ORG With a free community outdoor playground and playroom, summer camps and special events, the play and discovery space that is Twirl puts a smile on every child’s face. Twirl — a non-profit corporatio­n — is synonymous with inspiratio­n and fun through play installati­ons and interactiv­e exhibits. And look no further for the best educationa­l and imaginatio­n-driven toys. Best Hiking/JoggingTra­il Williams Lake Trail CARSON NATIONAL FOREST • OFFICE: 208 CRUZ ALTA RD. • (575) 758-6200 Gutters Bowling Alley FS.USDA.GOV/CARSON/ Maybe this trail wins year after year because it’s easy to find, you don’t have to be an expert hiker to take it on, dogs love it and the scenery 5 PLAZA CAÑON DRIVE, TAOS • (575) 758-2695 TAOSBOWLIN­G.COM p. 24 The Río Grande is a part of Cisco Guevara and he is a part of it. His Los Ríos River Runners rafting OUTfiT IS THE OLDEST and most experience­d in the area. BEST OF TAOS 2019 22

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