Best Ski and Snowboard Area Best Hiking/JoggingTrail Williams Lake Trail Taos Ski Valley Carson National Forest; Office: 208 Cruz Alta Road; (575) 758-6200 State Road 150, Taos Ski Valley (800) 776-1111 fs.usda.gov/carson Maybe this trail wins every 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 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 more than 700 feet in elevation gain 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. skitaos.com The granddaddy of all the ski and boarding areas in this part of the state is the annual favorite, having won the first Best of Taos poll in 1999 and never looking back. With a vertical drop of 3,281 feet, 110 total trails, 14 lifts and a mix of terrain, this alpine ski haven in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the southern Rockies provides a fun and challenging European-esque winter experience for all levels of skiers and boarders. Los Rios River Rafting Taos Ski Valley Best Place for Family Fun Gutters Bowling Alley 520 Plaza Cañon Drive, Taos (575) 758-2695 Sipapú Ski and Summer Resort Devisadero Loop Trail taosbowling.com 5224 State Road 514, Vadito 800-587-2240 Gutters is a beautiful 12-lane bowling alley with a modern chic design and state-of-the-art Brunswick machinery and scoring systems. Its restaurant features a real wood-fired brick oven for authentic and delicious pizzas. Gutters hosts fun events like cosmic bowling, Monte Carlo night, live DJs and community events. Bowling leagues at Gutters have lots of participation, with over 300 league bowlers in their first year. From Taos, follow U.S. Highway 64 approximately 3 miles east. Parking is along the highway at the El Nogal Picnic Area. sipapunm.com fs.usda.gov Best Place to Take a Dip Best Rafting Company Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa Los Rios River Runners 50 Los Banos Drive, Ojo Caliente (505) 583-2233 4003 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos; (575) 776-8854 ojospa.com Find on Facebook “Ojo” isn’t just fabulous springs and quintessential Northern New Mexican views. Accolades consistently pile up year after year for this legendary and popular oasis, which has an extensive array of therapeutic massage and body work choices such as deep tissue to hot stone. And with add-on therapies that focus on everything from feet to hair, rejuvenation is certain. For over 40 years, Los Rios River Runners has led the field in developing river rafting in Northern New Mexico. Rafting access to these spectacular river canyons is severely limited by the Bureau of Land Management in order to preserve the wilderness, and Los Rios has more access to more stretches of river than any other company. People trust themselves and their family to New Mexico’s oldest, largest and most experienced rafting company. Twirl Play and Discovery Space John Dunn Bridge Far Flung Adventures 225 Camino de la Placita (another entrance is on Teresina Lane just off the northwest corner of Taos Plaza) (575) 751-1402 County Road B007, Arroyo Hondo. Cross the Río Grande near the confluence of the Rio Hondo. 15 State Road 522, El Prado; (800) 359-2627 farflung.com twirltaos.org 22 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS
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