Taos Pueblo Feast Day

Old May 8th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Taos Pueblo Feast Day

Taking the family to SF while I'm at a conference in June, staying at LaFonda. Then on to Hyatt Tamaya for several days...want to go to Taos Pueblo on 6/13 for the St. Anthony Feast/Corn dance. How long should we plan on being at the Pueblo? Sounds like it is a long drive from Bernalillo-should we plan on spending the night? How about river rafting for the meek while in Taos? Any thoughts?
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Old May 8th, 2007, 03:26 PM
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Hi Sleepydoc!
It is a long drive from Bernalillo to Taos; it will probably take you a good 2.5 hours to get to center of Taos, and a bit longer to get to the Peublo which is on the north side of town. Sometimes, driving through old town can be a crawl with only 1 lane in each direction.

I would suggest staying a night in Taos and YES go rafting! You will love it. We go with Los Rios River Runners and think they are great. Good equipment, great guides and delish food. They have 1/2 day, full day and multi day trips and they go on differentl classes of water, so you can get a level you are comfortable with and have fun!

I lived in area for 5 years, anything else I can help with..give a shout.

Don't know how long you'll spend for feast, sorry.

Hope this helps...
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Old May 9th, 2007, 03:55 PM
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Hi Debi,
Can you explain more about the river rafting options with Los Rios? We'll be in Taos in July for a few days and we want something calm - but not TOO calm(as in - it's so mellow we're almost going backwards!)Do you recall the difference between The Racecourse and Orilla Verde? Can a complete beginner go on The Racecourse(1/2 day trip)and feel comfortable, safe and enjoy it?
Thanks a lot.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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Hi Larz,
The condition of the river varies from year to year and depends on how much snow fell during the preceeding winter. July may or may not have a lot of water moving.

As for which run to do -- have you ever rafted before? Are you somewhat physically fit and in shape? Do you have physical limitations [bad back, aches and pains that would be aggrevated by bumps]?

The Racecourse during high water might be too much for you, but during low water would be fine.

In high water Orilla Verde would be fun, but slow in low water.

Again, all this depends on water. I would call them and ask what they predict the season will be like based on snowfall. Taos got a lot of snow, so it may be good water this year.

You also need to know that you will be expected to paddle and help steer along with the guide in the Racecourse and to a lesser degree in Orilla Verde. The boats used are "paddle boats" which are powered by crew -YOU_ under guidance of the guide. TO us, these are the most fun and give the best rafting experience.

[There are other kinds of rides - those are called "oar boats" whiched are rowed by guide with long oars and you basically just sit there]

John Harvey is our favorite guide if you can ask for him.

Just looked at their website and water seems to be really good -


Hope this helps and answers your questions. Ask more if needed or give them a call. They are great!
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Old May 13th, 2007, 06:22 AM
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Hi Debi,
Thanks for the information. It does sound like a lot of fun! I'll give them a call, and see what we want to do.
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