Taos History Tours


Robert Cafazzo
68 St. Francis Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, 87557575-758-4101r2c2graces@gmail.com

Off the Beaten Track and Hidden in Plain Sight...See for Yourself Why Taos is Much More than a Day Trip!

$90 (per person) Half-day 4-5 hours, morning or afternoon
$160 (per person) Full day 7-8 hours
$20/hour (per person) 2 hour minimum
All tours are self driving (transportation is not included). I will guide you to a number of locations unless arrangements are otherwise required. Bring bottled water, camera or cell phone, camera or cell phone charging device, comfortable shoes and a hat. Do Not Bring a Computer Laptop or Tablet device.
Full day tours include time for a lunch break at a local restaurant (meals are not included in the price of the tour). Please note: tours include driving to various destinations and walking to specific places. If handicap accessibility is required, written notice of this is needed before any tour can be arranged. We can make some accommodation for special needs, but understandably we can not control accessiblity to certain venues.
You will want to take photographs during your tour, although we do not provide photo "workshops", we do bring you to some of the most photogenic places in Northern New Mexico. My philosophy is to show you something just around the bend, to point out things others would never notice, to show you how to look and perhaps to filter a bit too. The major attractions such as the many Museums, the Rio Grand del Norte Gorge Bridge, & Taos Pueblo are easy and convenient to visit on your own and should not be missed. Our tours are designed specifically to show you how much more than this Taos has to offer, it truly is much more than a day trip from Santa Fe. Reservations are recommended; a deposit of 1/3 is required. Deposit is non refundable if cancellation is within 24 hours, except due to inclement weather.

Your Guide Robert Cafazzo

I have been actively listening, reading and writing about the History of Taos since 1991. My knowledge of Taos is quite broad and I have been granted access to many of Taos' best kept secrets, which I share with visitors on tours of this historic culturally rich place. In 2013/14 I was hired to create specific itinerary tours for travel writers visiting Taos. A few of the publications involved included National Geographic, New Mexico Magazine, Girl Gone Travel, Whiskey Sisters, Curve Magazine and Bay Area Reporter.
100-Year Anniversary of Taos Society of Artists Tour
A tour of 100 years of art in Taos, visits will include Fresco Murals in Taos, Historic Art Collections, Homes of artists including a tour of the Couse-Sharp Studios, locations of where the artists painted, and the hidden location of the "Broken Wagon Wheel" in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range.
It is recommended that you take time to visit the local museums on your schedule before or after this particular tour.
"I think the colony in Taos is doing much for American art."Oscar Berninhaus, founding member of Taos Society of Artists, 1927.
Petroglyphs of Taos County Tour
This tour includes up to 4 Petroglyph sites within Taos County, along with a visit to a Kiva style Pit House. Petroglyph imagery we will be viewing include many of these: Solstice Solar Marker, Calendar Marker, Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Snakes, Owl, Water Birds, Humanoid Figures, Kiva Emergence.
Various petroglyphs emerge during changing and shifting light patterns: not all images can be seen clearly at all times of the day. You will be awe-inspired and impressed at just how many petroglyphs there are right here in Taos.
"...look deep inside of what we are--deep into the recesses of our existence, of our prehistory...These images are memories of long forgotten dreams. Is this their heartbeat, or ours? Will we ever be able to understand the vision of the artsts across such an abyss of time?" Werner Herzog, director of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, 2010.
Scenic Taos Photo Op Tour
This tour includes the wide variation of landscape in Northern New Mexico, Adobe Structures, Churches, Flora & Fauna. There is a great deal to see and photograph in Taos besides the primary attractions, we will take you to the next level of what is here down back roads and side roads.
Please note that wildlife viewing is best done at sunrise. ,
"I became interested in photographing some of the lst vestiges of what was the frontier in America. Black clouds over the hills beyond Mabel's house which means rain somewhere--but down toward Ranchos that blue New Mexican sky swoith puffs of white clouds, over toward your beloved Hondo there is a grayness behind more white clouds--and a breeze blowing across the afternoon." Paul Strand on photographing in Taos, New Mexico, 1931-32.
Spirituality Tour (Full Day Only)
Spirituality Tour (Full Day Only) Visits to places of Worship including Capillas, Penitente Moradas, Churches, Sanctuaries, along with Hot Springs, a Kiva style Pit House.
Part of this route will include the Northern section of the "High Road". The Healing Herbal Flora of Northern New Mexico will also be a part of this experience.
" 'See...they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? ...we do not understand them. They say, they think with their heads,' stated Ochwaiay Biano (Antonio Mirabal).
'Why of course, what do you think with?' replied Jung.
'We think here,' indicating his heart.
The idea...that a ritual act can magically affect the sun is... no less irrational that like every religion is permeated by the idea that special acts or a special kind of action can influence God (for example) through certain rites or prayer."

From "Memories, Dreams and Reflections", Carl Jung on a two week visit to Taos Pueblo in 1925.
DH Lawrence Taos Literary Tour (Full Day Only)
A visit to the Kiowa (Flying Heart) Ranch, the Lawrence "Forbidden" Paintings and locations Lawrence was known to visit and write about, this includes Hot Springs and other sites.
"We find Taos very pleasant again, very beautiful..."
"...I must say I am very glad to be out here in the Southwest of America, there is the pristine something, unbroken, unbreakable, and not to be got under even by us awful whites with our machines, for which I thank whatever Gods there be." D.H. Lawrence on his second trip to Taos, 1924.
Georgia O'Keeffe in Taos Tour (Half Day Only)
We will explore the places O'Keeffe painted and the places she stayed at. Ms.O'Keeffe visited Taos for the first time in 1929: walk where she walked, see what she saw right here.
"Wonderful. Well! Well! Well! This is wonderful. No one told me it was like this. I am having a wonderful time...I feel like myself, and I like it...It's just unbelievable, one perfect day after another..." Georgia O'Keeffe on her first visit to Taos in 1929.
Taos Artists Studio Tour
Meet Taos Artists in their own studios, hear about their techniques and inspiration. This tour is designed specifically to your own taste. It is dependent on artist availability at any given time, therefore it requires 48 hours notice to make arrangements. Read More...
"The country outside of Taos is simply too beautiful, I have neer seen anthing so lovely in my life. It is not the kind of thing I thought I would see...these long chains of blue grey mountains, and the miles of sagebrush plains in fromt of them, with here and there rising out of the sage in the distance, clear blue hills standing alone...and the most beautul arroyos...and over all this acres of Blue sky. Well, I give you my word I have never seen anthing lovelier in my life. Taos is all that its name implies, 'richness', it is beautiful, and there was never a more beautiful single mountain thanvTaos Mountain." Marsden Hartley on his first visti to Taos in 1918.
Hodge Podge Mix & Match
A specific itinerary for travelers who would like a little of everything. Please allow 48 hours for planning.
"In about 3 minutes, you're out of town, looking at the scenery. I love driving around, I never get tired of the great scenery. Blue. Well you know, I think it's the sky. It's so Blue, isn't it? Here in Taos, the sky. Blue is my favorite color." Agnes Martin on Taos, 2001.