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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Taos Money-Saving Tips

Rent Some Wheels

While the charming Taos Plaza quarter is delightfully walkable (in fact, your car is better left back at the hotel due to parking concerns), you’ll need wheels to explore the Ski Valley, Ranchos de Taos, or anywhere else outside of town, given the limited public transportation options. Note that Enterprise is the only major car rental company in Taos; all other major rental agencies operate out of Albuquerque airport. Be sure to fuel up on both gas and food if venturing outside of town – establishments are few and far between. 575-758-5553; www.enterprise.com

See Art Smartly

Nab a $25 cost-efficient combo ticket to see five of Taos’s major museums – Hardwood Museum, Blumenschein Home, Hacienda Martinez, Millicent Rogers, and the Fechin Institute – as offered by the Museum Association of Taos. Tickets can be purchased at participating institutions. 505-758-0505; www.taosmuseums.org

Show Up First

The Taos Gallery Association sponsors a First Saturday Art Walk. Held during the afternoon on the first Saturday of the month, it’s a delightful – and free – way to peruse art, meet working artists, and enjoy wine-and-cheese receptions. 800-659-4921; 575-758-0767; www.taosgalleryassoc.com

Shop Accordingly

Although most galleries and shops remain open on the weekends in high season (closing instead on Wednesdays), note that many still keep a Monday through Friday (and occasional Saturday morning) schedule. Nearly all businesses close their doors around 5pm or 6pm (although high season sees some weekend closures of 7pm). Plan your shopping ventures accordingly.

Wild Wild Web

Taos hosts a number of free Wi-Fi spots throughout town, including at the public library, several coffeehouses, and on the central plaza – the latter is a superlative spot to combine a little Net surfing with people-watching.

Experience a Taos Pueblo Festival

One of the most unforgettable ways to experience Taos Pueblo is during one of its traditional feast days – a few of the most striking are the Buffalo Dance (January 6), the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow (mid-July), and the Feast of San Geronimo (September 30). Expect traditional Indian costumes, games, music, and more. Note that photography may be prohibited during certain ceremonies. 505-758-1028; www.taospueblo.com

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