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Taos Ski Valley visitor’s guide

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taos ski valley chamber of commerce  •  new mexico  •  www.taosskivalley.com


Taos Ski Valley • New Mexico lift to kachina peak Coming to Taos 2014 - 2015

Photo by Chris Dahl-Bredine


Photo courtesy of the Blake Family Collection

TAOS SKI VALLEY FOUNDERS ERNIE AND RHODA BLAKE, 1958

The beginning A SKI PIONEER’S DREAM Taos Ski Valley is here today due to the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German man, Ernie blake. a passionate skier, blake dreamed of building a ski area for his family, and in 1951, he found the perfect spot for a destination ski resort—a huge snow basin nestled in the sangre de cristo mountain range. since 1954, blake, his wife Rhoda, along with their children and grandchildren, have maintained and operated this one-of-a-kind, Europeanstyled ski area. TAOS SKI VALLEY MOUNTAIN STATS OPENING DAY: Thanksgiving Day AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 305 inches AVERAGE ANNUAL DAYS OF SUNSHINE: Over 300 days 110 TOTAL TRAILS: 51% expert, 25% intermediate and 24% beginner VILLAGE ELEVATION: 9,207 feet KACHINA PEAK ELEVATION: 12,481 feet HIGHEST LIFT SERVED: 12,450 feet VERTICAL DROP: 3,274 feet, lift serviced RESORT INFORMATION: www.skitaos.org snow Phone 575.776.2916

Where we’re headed A CONSERVATIONIST’S VISION In early 2014, the Blake family sold Taos Ski Valley to renowned conservationist louis bacon. an outdoorsman and avid skier hailing from Colorado, Bacon is lauded for his efforts in locking his privately owned land into conservation trusts. in 2012, bacon protected 170,000 acres of his land in southern Colorado in a perpetual conservation easement —the largest held by the U.s. fish and wildlife service. Bacon’s team worked closely with the Blake family for several years to develop a masterplan of redevelopment for Taos Ski Valley’s base area, and expansion of the ski area’s mountain terrain, which includes a new chairlift to access the iconic kachina Peak. The redevelopment is expected to honor the European character and flavor of the existing ski area. bacon’s ownership will undoubtedly provide a viable future for many generations of skiers and snowboarders to come.

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Wintertime Adventures

Photos by Michael DeYoung


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Photo by Michael DeYoung


Photo by Michael DeYoung Photo courtesy of Northside

Photo by Brendan Curran

It’s a Snowy Playground


Photo by Michael DeYoung

Photo by Jim Cox

Photo by Al Johnson

Photo by Jeff Caven, courtesy of Hotel St. Bernard. www.stbernardtaos.com


Summer Enthusiasts

Photo by Michael DeYoung


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Photo by Michael DeYoung

Photo courtesy of Mountain Skills

Photo by Jeff Caven

Photo courtesy of Northside at TSV

Photo by Michael DeYoung


www.taosskivalley.com • 1.800.517.9816

Photo by Michael DeYoung

Photo by Michael DeYoung

Photo by Brendan Curran

Mountains of Fun

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BIKE RENTALS SALES MAPS SERVICE 129 Paseo del Pueblo Sur

ph. 575-751-0365 gearingupbikes.com

Bicycle Sales - Service - Accessories 1103 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, NM 575-758-5551 • www.taoscyclery.com

Mountain Bike Rentals! Conveniently located at the base of Lift 1. www.skitaos.org • 575-776-2516

Taos Bike Park

in Taos Ski Valley

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE MOUNTAIN BIKE FLOW TRAILS 3.4 miles of jumps, berms, rollers, and more! Call 575-776-2516 for details.

Rio Grande Stables Ride Horseback in Taos Ski Valley & Sangre de Cristo Mountains Providing safe, memorable trail rides with knowledgeable, experienced guides.

www.riograndestables.com 888-259-8267 • 575-776-5913

Field Institute of Taos Exciting youth summer programs focused on adventure and active, hands-on nature education! Non profit since 1996.

575-770-2391 • www.fitaos.org

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575-758-4545

Orvis Endorsed Outfitter

MOUNTAIN SKILLS

ROCK CLIMBING ADVENTURES

www.climbtaos.com 575-776-2222 Fun for the entire family! 11


Lodging

SIESTAS, SPAS AND AHHHS There’s a myriad of lodging options available for your family vacation, special event or your yearly ski week pilgrimage with college friends. relax by your hotel’s cozy, communal fireplace while sipping hot chocolate. revel in your ski-in/ski-out access. warm your tired bones in an outdoor hot tub with unobstructed views of the stars. treat yourself to a massage or custom spa treatment. Take a short trip downstairs to your lodge’s bar to hang with the locals.

For great lodging packages visit www.taosskivalley.com

Photo by Jeff caven, courtesy of edelweiss lodge and spa. www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com

www.taosskivalley.com • 1.800.517.9816

The ultimate traditional Taos Ski Valley experience is at the Hotel St. Bernard which includes the all-inclusive ski week package. Prime location, great food and service. Children’s program for families. 575-776-2251 www.stbernardtaos.com

Powderhorn

SuiteS & CondominiumS Year-round accommodations in the heart of Taos Ski Valley. Comfortable, casual, and conveniently located just 500’ from the lifts.

800-776-2346 • taospowderhorn.com

Luxurious mountain homes located a short walk from the base area. Condo guests are part of the Hotel St. Bernard family. Weekly dinner and ski week packages available. Join us for your dream ski vacation! 575-776-8506 www.stbernardtaos.com 12

Newest Luxurious Condos, 5 Min. Walk

vrbo.com 509978/553082 ph. 505-362-2807


Luxury Mountain Retreats

800.576.2666 • taosmtnrentals.com

CONDOMINIUMS

The Peak of Luxury in Taos Ski Valley Luxury ski-in/ski-out condos and hotel rooms. TSV’s premier property with underground parking, boot lockers, ski valet service, bar, restaurant, café, a spa, and first-class service.

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Two-minute walk to lifts Year-round mountain stream Studio to 3 bedroom condos Full kitchens Woodburning fireplaces

800-458-8754 www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com

Slope-side condominium hotel blending old world Alpine tradition with modern convenience. We specialize in warm hospitality offered by our entire Snakedance family, and enjoy sharing our love of Taos Ski Valley with passionate skiers ready to experience the thrill of the mountain. 800-322-9815 www.snakedancecondos.com

View Condos online: sierradelsoltsv.com 800-523-3954 13


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ECLECTIC ACCOMMODATIONS at the heart of taos ski valley’s hospitality is Gemütlichkeit. in Germany, that’s what they call a cozy, friendly, welcoming place, a place where you can check your worries at the door, walk in and feel like family. include taos ski valley while planning your next family reunion or group vacation. If you’re planning a destination wedding or special gettogether, consider our beautiful mountain setting as a backdrop to an unforgettable event.

For great lodging packages visit www.taosskivalley.com

Photo by Jeff caven, courtesy of taos mountain chalet. www.taosmtnrentals.com

Lodging

Taos Ski Valley’s most charming accommodations located just steps from the lifts. Amenities: kitchenettes, free wifi, fireplaces, hot tub, sauna, and massage center. Open year round. Low Summer rates. Pet friendly.

Lodge & Restaurant

800-576-2666 www.alpine-suites.com

Amizette Inn & Restaurant

P Home of the Great Breakfast and Year-Round Mountain Inn 800-446-8267 amizetteinn.com

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We know Taos Ski Valley and we know Real Estate! Call us at (575) 776-0600 tsvrealty.com

the ultimate in lodging and dining to those looking for something truly unique. 888-205-8020 www.thebavarian.net


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Suites, Studios, Chalets, Hotels and Condos in Taos Ski Valley. 877-557-9448 www.taospropertyrentals.com

DISCOUNT LODGING YEAR-ROUND

Since 1967, the Kandahar has offered the best ski-in/ski-out location in Taos Ski Valley. Our two bedroom, two bath condominiums feature fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplaces, balconies and high-speed wireless internet. Summer and Winter 800-756-2226 www.kandahar-taos.com

Adventure Taos Reservations & Property Mgmt, Inc. Quaint Studios • 8 Person Condos • Vacation Homes

Call Now! 877-776-4001 taospowder.com

SNOW BEAR INN AND

CONDOMINIUMS Ski-in, ski-out accommodations to fit the needs of any group including hotel rooms, luxury suites and condo units. 800-243-5253 www.snowbearinn.com

RIO HONDO CONDOS 2, 3 & 4 bedroom condos, largest outdoor hot tub, next to Children’s Center

800-461-8263 www.riohondocondos.com

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Lodging Directory

d Lodging in the Village of Taos Ski Valley f Lodging in and around the Town of Taos (18 miles from the ski area) P Reservation specialists for the Village of Taos Ski Valley and the Town of Taos X Vacation Rentals by Owners in Taos Ski Valley

d TAOS SKI VALLEY LODGING

Units

Phone

website

alpine village suites

31 suites

800-576-2666

www.alpine–suites.com

amizette inn

10 rooms

800-446-8267

www.amizetteinn.com

columbine inn

19 rooms

888-884-5723

www.columbineinntaos.com

the bavarian lodge

4 suites

888-205-8020

www.thebavarian.net

edelweiss lodge & spa

24 condos

800-458-8754

www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com

kandahar condominiums

16 condos

800-756-2226

www.kandahar-taos.com

Powderhorn suites & condominiums

16 rooms

800-776-2346

www.taospowderhorn.com

rio hondo condominiums

 13 condos

800-461-8263

www.riohondocondos.com

sierra del sol condominiums

30 condos

800-523-3954

www.sierradelsoltaos.com

snakedance condominiums

33 condos

800-322-9815

www.snakedancecondos.com

snow bear inn & condominiums

15 condos

800-243-5253

www.snowbearinn.com

st. bernard condominiums

12 condos

888-306-4135

www.stbernardtaos.com

st. bernard hotel

28 rooms

575-776-2251

 www.stbernardtaos.com

st. moritz condominiums

4 units

505-362-2807

www.vrbo.com/509978 or 553082

f TOWN OF TAOS LODGING

Units

Phone

website

el Pueblo lodge

50 rooms

800-433-9612

www.elpueblolodge.com

sagebrush inn

156 rooms

575-758-2254

www.sagebrushinn.com

historic taos inn

44 rooms

575-758-2233

www.taosinn.com

P RESERVATION SPECIALISTS

Units

Phone

website

adventure taos reservations and Property mgmt, inc

877-776-4001

www.taospowder.com

taos central reservations

23 properties

800-776-1111

www.skitaos.org

taos luxury Property rentals

35 units

877-557-9448

www.taospropertyrentals.com

taos ski valley Properties

25 properties

866-234-taos(8267) www.tsvproperties.com

X VACATION RENTALS by Owners Units / sleePs Phone

website

edelweiss chalet

10-12 people

575-776-8104

www.taosedelweisschalet.com

brownell chalet

4 units

575-776-2625

www.brownellchalet.com

hollywood

4 people

575-776-5676

homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p218565

taos mountain rentals

8-10 people

800-576-2666

www.taosmtnrentals.com

wellman chalet

2-8 people

305-283-1763

www.vrbo.com/324058

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Photos courtesy of Eric Thompson (top) and Michael DeYoung (bottom).


www.taosskivalley.com • 1.800.517.9816

Photo by Michael DeYoung

DINING IN TAOS SKI VALLEY

Phone

website

amizette restaurant

800-446-8267

www.amizetteinn.com

the bavarian restaurant

575-776-8020

www.thebavarian.net

black Diamond espresso

575-770-8070

www.facebook.com/blackdiamondespresso

blonde bear tavern

575-776-6900 ext. 6996

www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com

café naranja

575-776-6900 ext. 6997

www.edelweisslodgeandspa.com

chocolate extreme

575-758-4253

www.taostoffee.com

the hondo restaurant

575-776-2277 ext. 230

www.snakedancecondos.com

martini tree bar 

575-776-2291 ext. 2285

www.martinitreebar.com

Phoenix Grill

575-776-2291 ext. 2281

www.skitaos.org

Pizza shack

575-776-8866

www.taosskivalleypizza.com

rhoda’s restaurant

575-776-2005

www.skitaos.org

st. bernard bar & Deck

575-776-2251

www.stbernardtaos.com

stray Dog cantina

575-776-2894

www.straydogtsv.com

tenderfoot katie’s cafeteria

575-776-2291 ext. 2280

www.skitaos.org

whistlestop café

575-776-2291 ext. 2283

www.skitaos.org

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Dining

HONDO

RESTAURANT & BAR on-s lope at taos sk i va lley

Lunch, Après Ski & Dinner snakedancecondos.com 575-776-2277 ext.230

Lodge & Restaurant experience bavarian hospitality at its warmest 888-205-8020 www.thebavarian.net

 

Hand pattied New Mexico beef burgers and daily specials. Located at the base of Lift #1.

Ph. 575-776-2005

PIZZA • PASTA • BBQ SALADS • BEER • WINE Open Daily • Gluten-Free Available WE DELIVER • Taos Ski Valley 575-776-8866

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Open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Serving authentic New Mexican cuisine, green chile cheeseburgers and fresh lime margaritas.

www.straydogtsv.com

CAFÉ NARANJA Be Enchanted

Authentic New Mexico Cuisine Ski Season - Open for Breakfast Summer - Open for Breakfast & Lunch 575.737.6900 Located within the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa, Taos Ski Valley, NM

On site grocery convenience store in Taos Ski Valley. Ask for info about stocking your condo before you arrive.

575-776-2277 ext. 420

THE BLONDE BEAR TAVERN World-Class Cocktails - Wine Bar Critically Acclaimed Food Après Ski - Dinner

575-737-6900 blondebeartavern.com Located within the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa, Taos Ski Valley, NM

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For a full list of shops visit www.taosskivalley.com

Photo by Jeff caven, courtesy of bootdoctors. www.bootdoctors .com

Shopping

ANDEAN SOFTWARE CLOTHING | FOLK ART | TEXTILES | JEWELRY

575.776.2508 - TAOS SKI VALLEY OPEN WINTER, SUMMER AND FALL

www.andeansoftware.com

FREE Overnight Storage on Slopes Come

Explore

BOX CANYON Post Office and Gift Shop

Unique Gifts, Cards, Local Art, Toys, Snacks, Pack and Wrap! Located in Beautiful Taos Ski Valley

Open Monday - Saturday 575-776-1256 20

Performance & Demo Ski & Snowboard Packages Snowshoe Rentals Featuring the Latest in Ski Apparel Full Service Tuning Shop. Locations: Taos Midtown, Taos Ski Valley, Santa Fe, and Angel Fire. Open daily from 7am. Call 800.322.8267

www.cottamsskishops.com


Latest Demo Skis and New Boot Rentals

“Best Tune in the West”

Le Ski Mastery Since 1990

Stockli, Rossignol, Salomon Volkl, Nordica, Dalbello, Poc, Tecnica, K2, Scott, Bolle, Marker, Swix

Alain and Peggy Veth, owners

business for 25 years. leskimastery.com inPhoto of Nicolas Veth, J2 US National Champion 2012 575-776-1403

Taos Ski & Snowboard Specialists

www.terrysports.com ph. (575) 776-8292

Taos Ski Valley’s Only Ski-In/Ski-Out Ski Shop High performance ski and board rentals. Located at the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa. Open daily from 7:30am.

575-776-8380 www.alpinextreme.com

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Summer Events MAY Summer Chairlift Rides Begin Saturday Summer Music Series Begins Photo by Brendan Curran Taos Opera Institute Performance TSV Road Cycling Hill Climb Time Trial Series JUNE Saturday Summer Music Series full moon hike to williams lake Taos Bike Park Opening Taos Opera Institute Performances German Summer School Jillana Ballet School Performance Field Institute of Taos Summer Camps TSV Road Cycling Hill Climb Time Trial Series JULY Fourth of July Village Parade & Celebrations Saturday Summer Music Series full moon hike to williams lake Taos School of Music Concerts & Seminars mountain bike skills workshop weekends Field Institute of Taos Summer Camps TSV Road Cycling Hill Climb Time Trial Series AUGUST Saturday Summer Music Series full moon hike to williams lake Hand Cycle Event w/ Forgotten Outreach Up and Over 10K Trail Run Field Institute of Taos Summer Camps TSV Road Cycling Hill Climb Time Trial Series SEPTEMBER Michael Hearne’s Big Barndance Music Festival full moon hike to williams lake Oktoberfest KTM Motorcycle Adventure Rider Rally 22

SATURDAY SUMMER MUSIC SERIES Outdoor stage at the base of Lift #1, 3pm - 6pm

Every Saturday from May 26 til Sep 13 www.taosmountainmusicfestival.com

SEPTEMBER 4 - 6, 2014

www.michaelhearne.com/bigbarndance

2014 Taos Opera Institute Festival Free classical vocal performances in Taos, Taos Ski Valley, and Santa Fe during the month of June. Complete schedule online:

www.TaosOI.org


for an up-to-date calendar with exact times and dates visit www.taosskivalley.com/calendar.

Photo by Brendan Curran

Winter Events

Photo by Jeff Caven

NOVEMBER Taos Ski Valley’s Opening Day Early Season Ski Specials DECEMBER Brewmasters Festival Christmas Eve - Torchlight Parade & Village Celebration New Years Eve - Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Consumer Demo Days JANUARY taos winter wine festival FEBRUARY Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle USASA Slopestyle Competition Paint for Peaks: Snowboard Art Auction & K2 Bumps Challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness New Mexico Cup Ski Mountaineering Race MARCH Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships New Belgium Scavenger Hunt Spring Beer Festival Ernie Blake’s Birthday - Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Ben Myers Ridge-a-thon APRIL closing weekend festivities Visit taosskivalley.com for a complete and up-to-date list of year-round events in Taos Ski Valley!

Spend the Holidays in Taos Ski Valley Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & New Year’s Eve Fireworks

www.taosskivalley.com January 28 – 31, 2015 GRAND TASTING WINE SEMINARS RESERVE TASTING CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH PINK SNOW PARTY taoswinterwinefest.com

10th Anniversary

2015

World’s top freeride athletes compete at Taos’ famed terrain.

skitaos.org/freeride

HAVE A MOUNTAIN GUIDE SHOW YOU SECRET RUNS $50/hour 776-2291 ext. 2255 | skitaos.org 23


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Photo by cameron martinez Jr., courtesy of taos Pueblo. www.taospueblo.com

Around Taos Ski Valley

Ski TSV Aprés at Ojo

Find detailed information at www.taosskivalley.com





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Sulfur-free Mineral Pools • Mud Area Massage & Full-service Spa Enchanting Suites Restaurant & Wine Bar

AdobeBar.com

ojospa.com 575-758-2254 SAGEBRUSHINN.COM

1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571

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AT THE HISTORIC TAOS INN

575-758-1977 DocMartinsRestaurant.com

Less than an hour from TSV via Rim Road/US 285


Daily Daily 4:30pm 4:30pm-10pm -10pm

On the road to Taos Ski Valley 575-776-3333 www.sabrosotaos.com

Serving Serving American American and and Mediterranean-accented Mediterranean-accented fine fine dining dining and and bistro bistro fare fare complimented complimented by by cocktails cocktails and and aa award award winning winning wine wine list. list. Package Package sales. sales. On On the the road road to to Taos Taos Ski SkiValley. Valley. 470 470 State State Highway Highway 150 150 ★ ★ Arroyo Arroyo Seco Seco ★ sabrosotaos.com sabrosotaos.com 575-776-3333 575-776-3333 ★

TAOS PUEBLO 1000 Years of Tradition (575) 758-1028 www.taospueblo.com TCLA 14-051 TSV 2014 VG_TCLA 13-000 TSV 2013 VG 2/17/14 9:04 AM Page 1

EL PUEBLO LODGE Charming New Mexico lodging, with several building spread out over three acres in the historic district of Taos. All buildings are constructed in the traditional adobe-style architecture, and the rooms evoke a classic southwestern charm synonymous with this special historic place. Combine these elements with warm, friendly service and you have the recipe for a memorable stay in Taos.

800-433-9612 www.elpueblolodge.com

Ski Taos, then explore our town. A whole host of dining, entertainment, and world-class art await you in our tri-cultural community. Get to know the town right here

TAOS.org

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow by Terry Thompson.

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Photo courtesy of Pueblo balloon company. www.puebloballoon.com

Rafting New Mexico Since 1978 RIO GRANDE – FULL & HALF DAY RAFTING ADVENTURES RIO CHAMA – 1, 2, & 3 DAY TRIPS

farflung.com 800.359.2627

$ 40

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LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS Half day, full day, overnight adventures and feasts on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama.

Because it’s FUN! 575.776.8854 / 800.544.1181 www.losriosriverrunners.com

RIO GRANDE RIVER TRIPS • Half Day & Full Day Rafting Trips • Taos Box, Race Course or Scenic Lower Gorge • Trips Run Twice Daily

800.322.8267 26

www.cottamsriogranderafting.com


Getting to Taos IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK Non-stop flights to Albuquerque Chicago Southwest, American, United Dallas American, Southwest Denver United, Southwest Houston United, Southwest Los Angeles Southwest, American, United New York JetBlue Phoenix Southwest, US Airways San Francisco United Seattle Southwest washington, Dc southwest, United

DRIVING TO TAOS From

Distance

Driving Time

153 miles

2:55

Amarillo

320 miles

5:45

Dallas

682 miles

11:00

Denver

318 miles

5:20

houston

1,065 miles

17:10

lubbock

348 miles

6:40

oklahoma city

576 miles

8:55

Phoenix

586 miles

9:00

Santa Fe

70 miles

1:15

Albuquerque

Driving times are approximate.

Non-stop flights to Santa Fe Dallas American Denver United Los Angeles American

Shuttle service to Taos Ski Valley Taos Ski Valley now provides shuttle service from albuquerque sunport. see website for details www.skitaos.org/page/shuttle or for reservations call 1.800.776.1111. Local Transportation Taos’s Chile Line offers local transportation services from different stops around taos to taos ski valley. For more information, go to www.taosgov.com/transportation/chile-line.php

Find detailed information at www.taosskivalley.com

for current road conditions, call 1.800.432.4269 or visit www.nmroads.com.

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