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Taos Canyon

The closest mountain property to Taos lies in Taos Canyon.  Upon entering the mouth of the canyon, you immediately find forested slopes with tall trees on the shady side, pinon and juniper on the sunny slope, and cottonwoods at the canyon bottom.  As you climb higher, the pinon and juniper give way to ponderosa pine with some gamble oak, then eventually aspen and spruce trees with grassy meadows.

This zone contains all of the private land within the Taos Canyon area from the entrance of Taos Canyon just 3 miles from the Taos Plaza, to the summit of Palo Flechado Pass at the headwaters of the Rio Fernando de Taos - approximately another 15 miles up canyon.  Those immediately on the highway and off of spur roads joining the highway are in the Taos Canyon zone, while those in and near the golf course community of Valle Escondido are in the Valle Escondido zone.  National Forest or Taos Pueblo land provide  all of the boundaries for this zone.

Click on any shaded area of the map to see zone information.  Clicking outside of the shaded area will return you to the MLS map page.

Map of the Taos Canyon region

Maps and content Copyright by John Kejr

Distance to Taos: 10 - 25 Minutes

Distance to Taos Ski Valley: 30 - 50 minutes

The Taos MLS divides this area into two MLS zones:

Taos Canyon (44B)

All properties within this long and narrow zone either from US 64 or are a very short drive up a short road from where the highway lies on the canyon bottom.  Properties on the north side of the highway are often listed as being on the "sunny side" to differentiate them from the tendency for shady portions of the canyon to have very little sun in the winter months.  Snow clings to and piles up along the shady south walls of the canyon for the entire winter season.  Residents of Taos Canyon should expect to hear some highway traffic noise as most properties are quite close to the road.

Valle Escondido (50A)

Although the community of Valle Escondido first appears to be a just collection of summer cabins surrounding a golf course, this settlement features a good number of permanent residents who trade off lower costs of living and a mountain lifestyle for an eleven-mile commute through the canyon to Taos.  These homes sit about one mile off of the highway via a forest service road.  Most of the cabins and small homes are about 30-40 years old, but some new homes exist as well.  The nine-hole golf course provides not only golfing, but cross-country skiing in the winter and grazing for elk and deer any time.  Some properties in Valle Escondido area are subject to annual fees of $1,250 a year and a transfer fee of about $3,000.

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