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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Taos

Peak Season: Late December; February; March; late May to September

Taos boasts two high seasons – one during the winter ski season in Taos Ski Valley, and another in summer, when dry and sunny days lingering in the mid-80s beckon tourists to Taos proper. The annual arts festivals (held in May, and late September through early October) also draw crowds. Book well in advance and expect to pay a premium.

Off Season: Early to mid-April; October to mid-November

Early spring and late fall mark the off season for both Taos proper and the Ski Valley – several restaurants and shops close for the season in early spring, and weather is not conducive to skiing. Crowds are sparse and hotel rates highly discounted.

Sweet Spot: Late November to mid-December; January; late April to mid-May

In Taos Ski Valley, bargains galore can be snatched up for stays between the Thanksgiving and December holidays, as well as during the month of January – while ski conditions are optimum, crowds are blissfully absent just before and after the holidays. We also love the glorious window from late April through mid-May when the wildflowers and desert plants are in bloom and the town retains its local bohemian flair, minus the onslaught of summer visitors.

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