The 5 best places to grab a drink in Taos, New Mexico

1. KTAOS Solar Center

El Prado, United States

With a huge array of solar panels, KTAOS is hard to miss. Located in the same building with two radio stations, only glass separates you from the live broadcast. Take advantage of the best happy hour in Taos with a medley of different songs and enjoy the patio view of Taos Pueblo. Ladies night is every Thursday, and by ladies night they mean bring comfortable shoes (or go local with your bare feet) – Taos loves to dance!
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2. Eske’s Brew Pub and Eatery

Taos, United States

Wednesday is Bluegrass night at Eske’s; order a green chile beer and enjoy the show. Coming from someone who doesn’t particularly like bluegrass nor flavoured beers, Eske’s is sure to turn your mind around. Conveniently located next to the plaza, you can saunter over after exploring town or stop by earlier for dinner, their famous green chile soup burrito is a local favourite, get it with feta or vouch for their vegan option. #bar #pub #cheap-eats #open-late #dancing #casual #food

3. Alley Cantina

Taos, United States

‘The Alley’ is in the plaza, in one of the oldest buildings in Taos. Open late, it is great place to grab a burger with friends and locals. They have live music every night that will fluctuate between dive bar bands, jazz ensembles, and surprisingly melodic hidden gems. Stop by for jazz night on Sundays and enjoy a game of cheap pool. #bar #food #casual #dancing #cheap-eats #open-late

4. Taos Mesa Brewing Tap Room

Taos, United States

They just opened the Tap Room this year, and with 24 brews on tap and a wood fired pizza oven it’s quickly become a Taos staple. Located next to Ski Valley, the tap room is a great après ski stop. Cooling down after a day on the slopes? Order their Black Diamond Export Stout.
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5. Taos Mesa Brewing

El Prado, United States

Known as TMB or just ‘the Brewery,’ this is the first place locals will tell you to go and the first place you’ll see in Taos. Just outside of town on highway 64, it’s hard to miss the quirky Quonset. Open 7 days a week, the Brewery has at least nine of their brews on tap at any given time and boasts live music every night. Join the after-work crowd and order a Great Scotch Scottish. #free-wifi #food #casual #dancing #open-late #beer #music #brewery

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1. Abo Ruins Salinas National Monument

AbГі Ruins are part of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, which preserves a complex of three historic Spanish missions near the city of Mountainair. While use of the site is believed to date back to the 14th century as a major trading station, its first recorded use was in 1583, when it was visited by Spanish explorer Antonio de Espejo. In 1622, the site was designated for use as Mission of San Gregoiro de AbГі, which was constructed seven years later and served a population of more than 1,600 Pueblo indigenous people at its peak. Today, the site features a visitor center showcasing museum exhibits and two educational trails offering access to important ruins. Ranger-led petroglyph tours are available with advance reservations.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, PO Box 517, Mountainair, NM 87036-0517, Phone: 505-847-2585

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Unusual Things to Do in New Mexico

6. Witness an Alien Spacecraft Landing at the International UFO Museum and Research Center

Where: 114 North Main St. Roswell, New Mexico.

Hours: Daily, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Admission: $5

Phone: (575) 625-9495

The International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell is full of information and artifacts related to an alleged flying saucer crash near Corona, New Mexico in 1947. From pop culture to conspiracy theories, witness the hold this singular event and the UFO phenomenon has on the minds of us measly earthlings. Marvel at a rather impressive simulated saucer as it spins and hisses steam. Imagine how disappointed those aliens would be if we took them to our leader during their visit…

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Meanwhile, treat the kids to the alien autopsy display conveniently located near the UFO museum gift shop. The International UFO Museum and Research Center is all in good fun and certainly worth an hour of your time.

7. Take a Hike to Hallowed Ground

Where: The Domingo Baca Trail #230, accessed from the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area in Albuquerque. In the Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque is a hiking trail noteworthy for a rather somber reason: the final resting place of doomed TWA Flight 260 from 1955. This is a rather strenuous hike – do not attempt unless fit, confident and certain of the weather.

The trail begins at an elevation of roughly 6,500 feet and ends at 10,138 feet. WE REPEAT: This isn’t an easy stroll in the woods!

Though the crash site is below the peak of the mountain there’s an incredible amount of effort, experience and climbing involved in getting here. We suggest using the AllTrails app. With this app just search for Domingo Baca Trail #230, complete with specific directions to the trail head, reviews and a rather handy GPS map which guides you on the 7.7 mile round trip hike.

A rather scenic (and very tough) uphill scramble brings you to the doomed TWA flight, which crashed into the peaks above on February 19th, 1955. All 16 persons aboard the Martin 404 aircraft died instantly.

Nascent rescue crews managed to recover only the bodies due to the challenging terrain. As a result, the crumpled aircraft remains where it fell. Here, a memorial plaque gives further details and names of the 13 passengers and 3 crew members who perished.

Almost all of the plane can be seen and explored: a seat, both wings, a cargo door, main landing gear, tires, a contorted propeller and even a portion of the passenger boarding stairs remain on the mountainside. In addition, sections of the fuselage – complete with TWA logo and a portion of the tail number – poke out from the brush. Above all, treat this somber site with respect.

8. Shake Your Little Tush on The Catwalk

Where: From the village of Glenwood take NM route 174 to Catwalk Road, continue directly to the parking area for the Catwalk Recreation Area.

Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk.

Admission: $3 per vehicle.

For those who remember the seminal song I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred, we present your very own outdoor catwalk…in style, of course. Slink your way through a box canyon along the Whitewater Creek here in New Mexico. This isn’t Paris, New York or Milan but enjoy the scenery while you channel your inner diva, anyway. Why not have a picnic or maybe take a dip in the clear waters below?

Located 5 miles east of the town of Glenwood, Catwalk National Recreation Trail is a rather easy 1.1 mile walk along the creek and atop an elevated support-beam walkway meandering through the canyon.

The catwalk was the name of the original wooden walkway that once stood over a steel pipe used to channel water to an ore processing plant, still visible from the parking area. Time has banished the old catwalk and the pipe but the original route is still followed by the contemporary walkway.The rather charming little village of Glenwood is located on US Route 180, follow signs from there to the recreation area.

9. Listen to One of the Most Unusual New Mexico Tourist Attractions on the Musical Highway

Where: Coming from Albuquerque on Interstate 40 east take exit 170, the singing highway is on old Route 66, or present-day NM Route 333. Find the musical rumble strip between mile markers 4 and 5. To hear the music you must be travelling east on NM route 333.

Not only is Tijeras a good starting point to jump on (or off) the Salt Missions Scenic Byway Trail, it’s also the location for its own quirky oddity: The Singing Highway. Your vehicle’s tyres and the specially-designed grooves in the road work together to produce a chorus of America the Beautiful. This unique attraction is one of only a handful of musical roads in the world and is certainly worth a visit.

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To get the correct tempo follow the recommended speed limit of 45 mph. and roll up the windows. You must align your passenger-side tyres on the grooves along the inside edge of the lane to hear the melody. It may take a few tries but it’s worth it! Not only is this musical highway just a few miles outside of Albuquerque, it’s also totally free!

10. Go Nuts at McGinn’s Pistachioland, One of the Best Places in New Mexico for a Quirky Photo Opp

Where: 7320 US Route 54/70, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Hours: Daily, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Phone: (800) 368-3081

Admission: Free

So, you think you know New Mexico by now? Wrong! We’re digging deep to the very bottom of the barrel for this but we certainly had fun seeking it out! Likewise, you’ll have just as much fun in New Mexico and McGinn’s Pistachioland is a great place to visit!

Should a giant pistachio somehow manage to find itself on your short list of places to see in New Mexico get yourself at once to Highway 54 in Alamogordo. Most importantly, this unusual site is mercifully free to all who think they need to see it.

7 Magic Pit Stops Of Taos

All photos by Kate Donnelly

Can driving be poetry? It can on a scenic and spectacular drive through New Mexico. Writer and Fathom contributor Kate Donnelly goes for a spin.

TAOS, New Mexico – During my week in Santa Fe, I opt for a 56-mile day trip to Taos (with my adventurous mom in the driver's seat). Taos is America's spiritual and historical past. Great artists and thinkers (Georgia O'Keefe, Ansel Adams, Carl Jung) have all passed through. So should you.

The road to take? The mountainous, winding High Road, of course, which involves a few stops:

1. El Santuario, in the Spanish village of Chimayo — a small adobe chapel where people gather for mass. There's a small room with a hole where visitors can procure "Holy Dirt" with magic healing properties. The afflicted rub the soil on their aches and pains.

2. The tranquil Rancho De Chimayo for comforting posole with shredded, slow-cooked pork and blue agave margaritas.

3. Small villages like Córdova (noted for its woodcarving), Truchas (the summit town), Las Trampas, and Peñasco. It feels like driving through a painting of dramatic peaks, valleys, and vistas encompassed by mysterious Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The adobe backdrop makes it uniquely New Mexican. The weather is perfect. It's sunny, cool, and dry. Roll down your window and soak up fresh air of the lush Kit Carson National Forest.

4. Lunch at Doc Martin's or nearby Graham's Grill. Afterward, perk up at World Cup Café, a dog-friendly hippie spot with gourmet coffee and a well-edited selection of black-and-white postcards.

5. Shop Starr Interiors for a striking, hand-loomed Indian rug, Taos General Store (223-C Paseo del Pueblo) for trinkets, decorative items, and Indian goods, and, if you are in the mood, the Nambé outlet for tabletop and homewares (109 N Plaza Taos).

6. Check out Taos Pueblo, an awe-inspiring adobe architectural wonder that backs into Taos Mountain. The structure and homes, over 1,000 years old, form cinematic planes of action and brush against the landscape. The turquoise pops against the earthy adobe straw. The shadows and sky rival anything I've seen. This is why I've come. To take walks along with the dirt paths, greet the loose (but friendly) dogs, visit the homes of Pueblo artisans, and receive an impromptu eagle feather blessing. To pick up smudge sticks of sage to purify any bad energy. And to meet artist Meko Concha and leave with a beautiful handpainted horse skull.

7. The magnificent Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, just twelve miles west of Taos, a fantastically high suspension bridge (where the wedding scene in Natural Born Killers was filmed). It's not for the faint of heart, or those with a touch of vertigo.

If driving was ever poetic, it's a car curving along the winding road, past the alpine meadows and expansive horizon. Pull over (slowly, carefully, often) and soak in fantastic Aspen trees.

En route back to Santa Fe, we move along the Low Road (State Route 68) which backs up to the Rio Grande. This time, look up at the mountains as the clouds take shape. It's easy to feel like you're in a movie — Thelma and Louise. Easy Rider. On The Road. It is exhilarating. Even with the seatbelt on.

Taos Inn, for a welcoming, well-worn mainstay to hang your boots, and particularly awesome margaritas.

Casa Europa, for a charming bed and breakfast.

Mabel Dodge Luhan House, for a creative nudge and/or to channel Dennis Hopper (he wrote Easy Rider while staying here).


The High Road Arts Tour is an artisan craft open studios that spans two weekends in September.



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Kate Donnelly is a freelance writer and photographer. Her collaborative From The Desk Of. explores how creative people work. She travels for adventure, a touch of chill, and always for the food.

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