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Taos Walking Tour

Taos, United States
Taos Walking Tour

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iconOffered in: English


Explore the historical aspects of downtown Taos on this 1-hour walking tour of the town. Stroll through the streets, as you walk about half a mile (0.8 km) and learn about the people of the past. Hear stories of Kit Carson, Padre Martinez, Don Juan de Onate, Long John Dunn, and Doc Martin.
  • 1-hour historical walking tour of Taos
  • Stroll the historic downtown area as your guide tells you tales of the town’s history
  • Learn about famous people of the past, such as Doc Martin, Long John Dunn, and Padre Martinez
  • This tour involves about half a mile (0.8 km) of walking
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Guide gratuity not included.

Departure Point

Taos, NM 87571, USA

Meet your Turquoise Tours’ Guide at the Taos Plaza Gazebo. Google Maps Link to Taos Plaza: Google Maps Link to free parking lot in downtown Taos: All metered spaces in Taos are free on Sundays and holidays.

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your group and guide at 100 S. Plaza Drive at the gazebo a little before 11am for your 1-hour walking tour of historical Taos. Most tours run right at 11am, but other times are available if requested at the time of booking. Because most of this tour is on sidewalks, it’s wheelchair accessible.

Follow your guide around the town as you pass by historical areas. Listen to stories about people of the past as you walk about half a mile around the town. Some of the famous historical figures your guide tells you about include Kit Carson, Padre Martinez, Don Juan de Onate, Long John Dunn, Doc Martin, and others.

Along the way, gain a better understanding for Taos' unique history, and what makes the town the way it is today. Your walk finishes back at the gazebo around 12pm, and you can decide what’s next for the day.
Stop At:  
Taos Plaza
The starting and ending place of this walking tour, your guide will cover the major historical points of the Historic Taos Plaza.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
John Dunn Shops
We will walk through the John Dunn Shops and explain who Long John Dunn was.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Taos County Courthouse Murals
Painted during the Great Depression as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, these 10 treasured murals depict justice in allegorical themes in the historic courthouse of Taos, New Mexico.
Stop At:  
Michael Gorman Gallery
Visit the grandson's gallery of Carl Gorman, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War 2 that are credited with defeating the Japanese Army to win the Pacific theatre. Michael Gorman honors his grandfather and other Code Talkers in his gallery on Taos Plaza.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hotel La Fonda de Taos
An historic hotel on Taos Plaza that displays Navajo artist R.C. Gorman's work, one of Taos's signature artists and a true character.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Red Cat House Apartment
Visit the red light district of Taos to hear stories of the esteemed (mostly) Dona Luz, Taos's Lady of Light (Luz in Spanish) and Lady of the Night.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taos Walking Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Fun, brief but rich Taos walking tour.
, Nov 2021
Our guide shared local color and character stories. That added so much to the experience. And he was, of course, able to recommend other things to see, do and eat!
Fun morning
, Oct 2021
Lots of interesting anecdotes and a pleasant walk around town. Our guide Sam was knowledgeable and fun to listen to.
Terrific tour
, Oct 2021
Sam, our tour guide, was timely and well prepared. His knowledge of Taos history, artists, and architecture made this tour perfect. Excellent way to get to know Taos.
Sam was a very...
, Sep 2021
Sam was a very knowledgeable tour guide. He made it fun and interesting. It was a nice stroll through town.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Disapponted in Taos
, Aug 2019
There does not seem much to see at all in Taos. The guide was knowledgeable about the history of the area, but we stood and listened a good portion of the time. There were few stops or places to see. On our own, we toured the Kit Carson Museum, which was the most worthwhile place to visit in the town.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Rose, We're disappointed you didn't enjoy Taos, or our 8-stop, one-hour walking tour during your visit a couple of months ago. We received a 5-star glowing review from the other party on your tour, which is perplexing. Taos is a fascinating place to explore and as I mentioned during our phone call, we'd be happy to give you a tour of the area instead of just the downtown next time you're visiting. Happy Travels! Turquoise Tours
Walking tour
, Aug 2019
Learned some Taos history and enjoyed the local insights. It was a fun tour. Also inspired us to go see some nearby spots we hadn’t known about.
Top time in Taos
Mark B
, Dec 2018
Steve was a very knowledgeable and personable guide on our tour of historic Taos. His detailed descriptions of the people and history of Taos was very entertaining and his care of our safety as we negotiated the streets was exemplary. We would highly recommend this tour.
Tour of Taos with Anita
, Oct 2018
Four of us were visiting Taos again. We had been there many times, but had never done a tour. We signed up for the Historic Downtown Walking Tour to find out if we had missed anything and discovered we had missed a lot! Anita was our guide. She was engaging and fun, told us interesting facts and gave us information about what happened in the past in Taos -- bringing it all to life with her engaging manner. Highly recommend the tour.
Cool, very informative, much more...
, Dec 2017
Cool, very informative, much more interesting then I was expecting for sure
Due to our visit in October, on a...
, Oct 2017
Due to our visit in October, on a rainy day during off season, we ended up with a private tour. We learned about the history of Taos and walked within a few blocks of the town square. It was informative and interesting and have us a general historical understanding of the city. We felt that it was well worth the reasonable price for this overview of the area.

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