Taos | Town and Our Casita Home

by Melanie and Jim

Adobe and blue sky are two features of the Taos, New Mexico area. We walked around the central part of town, stopping in small shops, speaking with the owners about their work. Each tiny side street has surprises.


It seems the sky is just the right color every day.


Shadows cast by the morning sun were just right.

Our ‘home’ for the week is this one bedroom casita about a mile from downtown. The owners lived in it while their larger home was being built. Now it serves as a rental. It is clean, quiet, and rests at the base of the mountains just to the east.


Living room and kitchen at left. Bedroom at right.

Near sunset recently, we drove a short distance to the bridge over the Gorge of the Rio Grande. We hiked two miles along the west rim as the sun set. No one else was on the trail.


The bridge is 565 ft above the river…7th highest in the U.S.


19 thoughts on “Taos | Town and Our Casita Home

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      No. I don’t plan on any jumps. I wonder if it is allowed.

      Do come to the west. The big sky is something you won’t forget. It is inviting and majestic. The mountains are beautiful.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      The owners live just across the yard. She is a master organic gardener with two greenhouses, compost piles, and all sorts of vegetables. They leave a small footprint.

  1. shoreacres

    Wonderful country; lucky you. One of my favorite drives in the world is the High Road — Truchas, Cordova and Chimayó. Northern New Mexico generally is one of the places I want to return to, though the pueblos and mountains more than Taos or Santa Fe. Happy exploring!

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      We are having a good time. Today we rest after a 5.2 mile mountain hike with 1100 ft elevation change. The arts festival is today. That will be fun to explore.

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      One more thing, they have a HUGE number of stars in the sky. Hard to make out some constellations. I looked up to Orion the other morning and a meteor streaked through it. 🙂

  2. Thread crazy

    Taos is a wonderful place…was there a few years back and yes, the sky is the most beautiful color blue. Found a really wonderful restaurant/bakery on north side of town…yummy cinnamon rolls! We also drove up to Chama, right close to NM/Colorado border. Quaint little railroad town and love to visit there. Used to stop over and camp outside of Chama on our way to or from Colorado.


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