About Taos

Taos, New Mexico is a multi-cultural community located in Northern New Mexico, some 70 miles north of Santa Fe and 135 miles from Albuquerque, the state capital. Incorporated in 1934, the town population is about 6000. A half dozen smaller communities surround Taos and are Ranchos de Taos, Ranchitos, Canon, Taos Canyon, El Prado and Arroyo Seco. Together they comprise the greater area generally referred to simply as 'Taos', which has a population of about 30,000.

The name 'Taos' is derived from the native language of the local pueblo and means 'place of red willows'. The Taos Pueblo is situated just north of the town and has the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. It was settled about 1000 - 1500 years ago and changed little since the original construction. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, the pueblo covers about 99,000 acres all total. To see the Pueblo's website and learn more about it and visiting, please click on the link Taos Pueblo

Other than the Taos Pueblo, other popular tourist spots in the area are the much photographed St Francis de Assisi church in Ranchos de Taos, the gorge bridge, the town's numerous art galleries, the Ski Valley and surrounding mountains and nature. For a complete listing of Taos activities and businesses, please visit the website Taos.org. More images can be found on their photo gallery.

The high desert area surrounding Taos is sunny most of the times, over 300 days a year, sits at an elevation of just under 7000 ft, gets about 35 inches of snowfall per year while the nearby resort of Taos Ski Valley gets over 300! To visit their website and learn more about the year round activities at the ski valley, Taos Ski Valley. Taos is a great place to live and visit, offering a colorful mix of heritages, history and lifestyles. We here at Santos y Mas welcome you whether you are local or passing through.