Spend Summer in Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley is aptly named for the winter months but the name can be a bit misleading the rest of the year. Without a doubt, this New Mexican ski town is a highpoint (both literally and figuratively) for powder-loving skiers but, what's equally impressive, is its transformation from a winter wonderland to a stunning Southwestern desert. So, if you're craving that dry heat, Instagram-worthy panoramas, heart-pumping activities, cultural experiences, amazing cuisine and exciting events then look no further. Taos, in all its summertime glory, awaits.

Don't get me wrong, the snow this year has been incredible! To date, Taos Ski Valley has seen almost 15 feet of that wonderful white stuff, making one of America's premier ski destinations even more exciting these past few months. The skiing's been insane, the snowpack consistent and the Taos ski culture that we love so much has been totally on fleek. But all good things must come to an end. Pack away your skis and dust off your cutoffs, cowboy boots, fishing gear and wide-brimmed hat. Summer is just around the corner, so look ready! No matter if you're an Adrenaline Junkie or a History Buff, Taos has the summer vacation you've been dreaming of.

Soar over Taos in a hot air balloon, sample some of our favorite Southwestern cuisine, and learn a bit about the area's rich history one day then strap on a helmet for a zipline, whitewater rafting or horseback riding adventure the next. Taos Ski Valley and the surrounding area is chock full of summertime fun for all kinds of travelers. Looking for a relaxing long weekend in the desert air? We got you covered. After a memorable family vacation with a mix of adventure and culture? No problem. Just want to explore with your camera and capture that Taos light? I hope you've got enough space on your memory card! Give our Xplore Team a call to hear more about Taos' summer offerings and start to get excited for what is sure to be a 2016 highlight!

If you want to make even more of your summer adventure in Taos Ski Valley, plan it around one of the many summer festivals and events scheduled. Come for Father's Day weekend and witness Balloons over Angel Fire or start training now and participate in the Up & Over 10k Trail Run in August.

Exciting Summer Events in Taos


Balloons over Angel Fire, June 17-19

Come experience why New Mexico is famous for hot air ballooning as 40 hot air balloons take flight over Angel Fire, just outside of Taos, painting the sky in bright colors as they glide through the air. This event falls over Father's Day weekend so bring Dad along for a memorable vacation experience


4th of July Celebration

Celebrate American Independence in unique Taos-fashion. This free event includes a rubber duck race, live music and plenty of family-friendly fun and games. Be sure to jump on over to nearby Arroyo Seco for what's become known as the "quirkiest" 4th of July parade!


Taos Ski Valley Up & Over 10k Trail Run, August 6

As challenging as it is beautiful, this scenic trail run will test your endurance as you run through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Start training now to tackle the mountain course and celebrate your accomplishment with Alabama Shakes that evening.


Taos Pueblo Feast Days

A number of Catholic Feast Days re recognized in Taos Pueblo and are open to the public. As with any religious ceremony, guests are asked to be respectful and photography is not allowed.