What to Expect: Taos Wild: Nature, Wildlife & Geology Half Day Tour

Taos Wild is great for families as it includes frequent stops, a short hike, and many opportunities to witness the wildlife of the region.

Our Taos Inspired Guides share their knowledge about the plants, animals, and geology that you will see along the way. Taos Wild is an exploration of the land, it’s wildlife, plants, and people, as well as sustainability and conservation.

Our first stop is to explore the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, established by President Barack Obama in 2013. Named after the mighty river which originates from Southern Colorado and extends out to the Gulf of Mexico. The Rio Grande was added to the list of Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1968, making it one of the first eight US rivers to be protected.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, New Mexico.

Next we traverse ancient lava flows, learning more about the dynamic geologic forces that created this enchanting landscape. Explore and learn about the diverse plants, including wildflowers, sage, and piñon, along our moderate 2.4 mile hike. Try rolling sage into your hands and inhale for a cleansing breath as we connect to the land. Along the trail you will learn about the habitat and behaviors of local wildlife, while exploring ancient rock art called petroglyphs. These are ancient symbols and stories pecked into stone by ancestral Puebloans.

Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico.Following our hike we will travel parallel to the West Rim trail stopping at the 50 year old steel arch deck bridge that rises over 600 feet above the Rio Grande Gorge.  This is the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. This geological phenomenon known as the rift zone exposes ancient ingenious basalt. The overlook provides breathtaking views of this iconic landscape on the Taos Plateau and is a great place for that perfect vacation photo.

Next we head to the World Headquarters of the Earthship Biotecture to learn about the development of fully sustainable prototype homes that have a zero carbon footprint. You will experience an Earthship that combines passive solar architecture, thermal mass construction, renewable energy, integrated water systems that include indoor food growing, and the use of natural and recycled materials. These stylish homes give you an insight into a new way of living, sustainable and off-the grid.

The Taos Wild tour explores the wide open spaces of the region with spectacular views and unique perspectives that ensure that you will fall in love with the area.

We can’t wait to share this adventure with you. This tour is perfect for the curious-minded, natural explorers, families with kids, and even kids at heart. There is something for everyone on this engaging educational tour.





Our partners at AMIGOS BRAVOS will receive 5% of proceeds to help support their projects, such as Support an Otter.