Activities + Excursions

Vista Taos Activities & Excursions

Whether you’d like to soak in the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs or take in Taos’s famous art scene at a local museum, guests at Vista Taos enjoy several activities and special excursions around the Taos, New Mexico area. Contact our helpful admissions team to learn more about which excursions are planned in the coming weeks.

Our residents enjoy the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities and excursions

Ojo Caliente Hot Springs & Spa

Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, one of the oldest natural health resorts in the country, has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. The sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years. Over 100,000 gallons per day come to the surface, revitalizing those who soak in the long believed, healing waters.

Local Museums

Taos history is filled with colorful characters who helped make Taos what it is today. From trappers and traders to wealthy heiresses, remittance men, legendary artists, and far-sighted entrepreneurs. Taos historic museums, many of which are National Historic Landmarks, offer a glimpse of how our early settlers lived. In Taos, you’ll find many doorways that lead to the past.

Bandelier Monument State Park

With over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country Bandelier National Monument boasts over 70 miles of hikeable trails as well as evidence of a human presence going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.

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Some of the excursions and activities our guests participate in

The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado

The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! The park and preserve are open 24 hours a day to allow guest the opportunity to experience night skies and nocturnal wildlife.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande with a span of 1,280 feet, it’s the fifth highest bridge in the United States. In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She’s Having a Baby, Wild Hogs, and Terminator Salvation.

Bandelier National Monument State Park

With over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country Bandelier National Monument boasts over 70 miles of hike-able trails as well as evidence of a human presence going back over 11,000 years.  Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.

Vietnam War Memorial State Park

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park honors America’s veterans and members of its military forces by memorializing the sacrifices they have made and by recognizing the sense of duty and the courage they have displayed as they answered their country’s call to arms. Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States. It is currently the only state park dedicated exclusively to veterans of the Vietnam War.

El Santuario De Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayó is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayó, New Mexico, United States. This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. It receives almost 300,000 visitors per year and has been called “no doubt the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States.”

Red River Fish Hatchery

Built in 1941, the Red River Fish Hatchery produces about 1.7 million rainbow trout a year, including more than 500,000 catchable 9-10 inch fish for stocking statewide. It is the state’s largest production hatchery and is currently being converted to raising triploid (sterile) trout to be stocked in waters where interbreeding with native fish is not desired.

Hiking and Scenic Drives

The lazy bends of the Rio Grande. Pueblos that have stood for a thousand years. Flowers of the high desert. The paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Taos region offers some of the best hiking on earth. Pick a direction and be prepared for a workout…and to be wowed.

Bowling

One of America’s most beloved past times, bowling is one of our guests favorite activities.

COVID-19 update: The health and safety of our clients at Vista Taos Renewal Center is our first priority. We are working closely with the New Mexico Department of Health to ensure that each person admitting to our program is tested for Covid-19 on site and subsequently restricted to a smaller area of campus until the results are returned by the DOH.
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