“When visitors come to town, they are always asking for the best spots, the off the beaten trail things to do, where do the locals hang out,” Mayor Cordova added. “We decided to unveil our secrets and give tourists everything they want to know – from the people who live here.”
There's certainly the obligatory list of local tours - biking, photography, hot air balloons, and more. But there's also quirky things as well. Under Creative Adventures you can read about wood carving with Luis Barela. Luis Barela’s grandfather was Patrociño Barela, Northern New Mexico’s most famous Santero. His wooden sculptures can be found in museums and private collections around the world, with the largest collection at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.In 1980, Luis attended a large exhibit of his grandfather’s work in Santa Fe, and was struck by the impact and depth of his grandfather’s pieces, and knew that his destiny was to follow in his footsteps. After the show Luis started carving, which was the beginning of a Barela family tradition of woodcarving. Luis tells readers about his favorite spots, and there's also information about where to see his carvings.
Glass blower Ira Lujan mentoring Native American youth. “Creating art helps them connect to their Native or their spiritual side,” he says. When he’s not traveling the country in his mobile hot shop, Lujan works out of Prairie Dog Glass in Santa Fe, where you can watch him create his next masterpiece. But you can also Learn more about Ira's work Taos Institute of Glass Art
Enjoy reading about some of the quirky, independent, creative people of Taos, read about their favorite places, and explore the unexpected tours, all from your computer. And when you're ready to made the trip, you'll know a lot more about unconventional Taos. If you are flying in, Taos is about 2.5 hours from the Albuquerque Sunport. Rent a car and enjoy the drive. Tip: Taos can be reached two quite scenic roads. Take one up and the other back down.