Top Things to Do For the Perfect Summer Vacation in Taos

From skiing and hot air balloon rides to museum visits and international cuisine, Northern New Mexico is the ideal destination for vacationing at any time of the year. Its versatile offerings are perfect for families, friend groups, and even corporate retreats, but no matter who you’re traveling with, there’s something undeniably special about summer in the town of Taos.
These are some of the top things to do to make the most of your summer vacation in Taos:

Chairlift Rides
Several ski areas in Taos, including Angel Fire Resort and Taos Ski Valley, keep their chairlifts operating in the summer, so winter isn’t the only time you can enjoy the gorgeous aerial views that only a chairlift offers.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Another great way to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Northern New Mexico is from the inside of a hot air balloon, with the mountains and mesas creating an absolutely dreamy landscape.
For an up-close look at Taos’ natural beauty, hit the hiking (or mountain biking) trails, where you’ll walk through canyons, across mesas, up mountains, past glacier lakes, and more.
Water Sports
Thrill seekers can head to the Rio Grande Gorge for a white water rafting adventure on rapids that reach up to class V speeds. For those who want a more mellow experience on the water, Taos also offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking through calmer waters.
Exploring Wineries
The sunshiny days of summer make for picture perfect visits to the many wineries in Taos. Whether you stroll through the vineyards or stop by a tasting room, New Mexican wine is sure to delight and maybe even surprise you. Taos Valley Ski Resort also hosts an annual Summer Wine Festival!
Stay at Gem Hacienda 
Luxury travelers will feel right at home at Gem Hacienda, an expansive nine-bedroom estate that’s complete with a dedicated concierge, a swimming pool and hot tub, cozy fireplaces, smart TVs, and an ideal location that’s equal parts central and secluded.