Best of Taos, NM

1. Tour a wood-burning pottery kiln for FREE!

Potters wheel in Enchanted Circle Pottery's studio

Potters wheel in Enchanted Circle Pottery's studio

Drive out on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and stop in at for a free tour at Enchanted Circle Pottery. The owners, Kevin and JoAnne DeKeuster, are super friendly and showcase a variety of ceramic wood-fired pottery and sculptures. Joanne works primarily on sculptures while Kevin throws on the wheel making pieces that are functional. Their studio is unique because all of their pottery and sculptures are fired solely with wood. Touring the wood-burning pottery kiln and understanding the process is fascinating. Don’t forget to peek around the gallery before you leave. We bought a couple coffee mugs that we love and use almost every day!

 

2. Take a llama to lunch.

Sus hiking with her llama, K2

Sus hiking with her llama, K2

Wild Earth Llama Adventures offers “Take a Llama to Lunch” day hikes, where you hike into the wilderness with a llama for your companion and they provide a tasty picnic lunch along the way. Their guides know everything about llamas and the New Mexican wilderness, providing tons of fun facts along the way. It's such a unique way to stay active and get some fresh air and the hikes range in length and difficulty so there is something for everyone. If you have more time, they offer multi-day wilderness adventures. No matter which hike you choose, you'll walk away with a new understanding of the wilderness and maybe a llama for a friend.

 

3. Fly above the Rio Grand Gorge from a hot air balloon

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Owner and pilot, Ed Smith, checking out the inside the balloon before lift off.

Owner and pilot, Ed Smith, checking out the inside the balloon before lift off.

See a New Mexican sunrise from the sky with Pueblo Balloon Company. Their pilots navigate the skies with ease and make you feel safe the entire time. The balloon lowers down into the Rio Grande Gorge and sometimes even dips into the Rio Grande River before heading back up! With all of the different perspectives and the stunning sunrise you'll end up with breathtaking pictures and a memory you won't forget.

 

Be sure to watch our full episode to get even more ideas of what to explore during your trip to Taos, NM.