Railroad Station: At Taos Junction, 20 m. W. via US 64 and NM 96 for Den-
ver & Rio Grande Western R.R.
Bus Station: Columbia Hotel, S. side of Plaza, for Santa Fe Trailways and
Valley Transit Lines.
Taxis: Cars for hire at local garages; sight-seeing service during summer
Traffic Regulations: Slow traffic in narrow, winding streets at intersections;
one-way traffic around central plaza; one-way streets indicated.
Accommodations: Six hotels, cabin camps, private rooms.
Information Service: Hotels and taverns.
Motion Picture Houses: One.
Swimming: Ponce de León Hot Springs, 7 m. SE. of city, outdoor pool bath-
Riding: Inquire locally about horses.
Tennis: Two dirt courts, 0.5 m. from city, open to Tennis Club members, small
Fishing: Canyon of Rio Grande River, 15 m. S.; Hondo Canyon, 14 m. N.W.;
Taos Canyon, 3 m. E.; other small streams in vicinity.
Pack Trips: Guides and equipment available for two-day to two-week trips
through mountains; inquire locally.
Annual Events: San Gerónimo Fiesta, Sept. 30; Taos Pueblo Corn Dance
(Indian Sun Down Dance), evening Sept. 29; Spanish-American carnival, Sept.
29; Deer Dance, Buffalo Dance, Matachines at Indian Pueblo, Christmas-New
Year's holidays; Turtle Dance, early spring; Spanish-American pageants and
Saint's Day processions, throughout year.
TAOS (pronounced to rhyme with house) is in reality three towns—
the Spanish town (Don Fernando de Taos), the Indian Pueblo (San
Gerónimo de Taos), and the old Indian farming center (Ranchos de
Taos (see Tour 3a)—all separate entities, yet from the beginning
closely knit together in interest.
In the vicinity of these three villages are other smaller settlements,
from one to five miles apart, all properly members of the Taos com-
munity, representing extensions of Spanish colonization in the middle of
the eighteenth century; the melodious Spanish names, such as Talpa,
Cañón, Placita, Córdoba, Prado, and Cordillera, suggest their Old-
World character. The two principal villages, the Indian pueblo of San
Gerónimo and the Spanish Don Fernando de Taos, the latter generally
called simply Taos, lie close against the base of a section of the Sangre
de Cristo Mountains rising abruptly east. Because of the difficulty of
approach no railroads have been built to them. Visitors enter Taos over