Some people lead wilderness adventures designed to create a little adrenaline cocktail of nature as part of a tourism experience.Stuart Wilde and Steve Harris aren’t those kinds of guides. Wilde and Harris are part of a group of Taos-area guides and business owners who’ve created wilderness experiences with big goals in mind: They want people to fall in love with Northern New Mexico; to be impassioned about protecting wilderness; to be transformed personally. And they want it to be fun. They call themselves ecotourism guides — guides whose tourist-leading activities somehow end up benefiting the environment. More
New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Filled with Mystery
The drive from Taos, in north-central New Mexico, to Chaco Canyon in the northwest corner of the state is so beautiful it could make you cry. There were azure skies, red and gold mountains, giant Wild West cliffs of pastel strata, all the improbable hues you see in New Mexico paintings that make you think the artists must all be constantly munching peyote. More
Whitewater rafting is cool.
There’s just something about riding the current, learning to shift your body weight, to calculate the smoothest passage and how to reach it; to accept being tossed and lifted with the changing personality of a river that’s gone on like this for thousands of years. More
In Taos, it’s pretty easy to spot a locals’ hangout. If people stop, greet others warmly, ask about the baby, the truck or how the firewood is holding up, it’s a locals’ joint. There are locals who try each new place the minute it opens. They can tell you where the good places used to be. There are other locals who rarely eat out, but when they do, it’s always at the same place. But on an unscientific level, here are a few places where you can catch the community vibe. More
Disclaimer: You can’t really write about hot cocoa fairly when the ski places are closed. Their cocoa may be out of this world. But you’ll have to find out for yourself — they’re not open at press time. That said, hot chocolate is to winter as lemonade is to summer. And most of the coffee places in the Enchanted Circle have their own special spin on it. More