Annually in May
The Taos Lilac Festival is an annual celebration of the arrival of blooming lilacs in the Taos area. The festival includes live entertainment, food and craft vendors, family-friendly activities, and even a pet parade! Enjoy a beer, wine, and food garden, and even take a lilac walking tour through town.
Three miles north of the historic Taos Plaza at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Taos Pueblo. The multi-story adobe pueblo has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years and is the only living Native community to be designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.
Earthships are a type of house built with natural and recycled materials with energy conservation in mind, designed to produce water, electricity, and food for its own use. The Earthship Visitor Center is open year-round for both guided and self-guided tours of the Greater World Earthship community. Looking for a one-of-a-kind home-base for your Northern New Mexico vacation? There are even earthships available for rent.
Cattle rustlers, dinosaur discoveries, dude ranch for the affluent, home to Georgia O’Keeffe—the history of Ghost Ranch is as colorful and dramatic as its landscape of red and yellow cliffs. Within the 21,000 acres of towering rock walls, vivid colors, and vast skies, guests can enjoy a variety of activities including workshops, hiking, horseback riding, ropes courses, and kayaking on Abiquiu Lake.
Carson National Forest is one of the five National Forests that are fully in the state of New Mexico. The 1.5 million acres of the forest is home to some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest and offers incredible recreational opportunities in any season. Enjoy the peace and quiet while fishing, hunting, camping, biking, horseback riding, and hiking.