Taos Walking Tour

Taos, USA
Taos Historic Downtown Walking Tour
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the historical aspects of downtown Taos on this 1-hour walking tour of the town. Stroll through the streets, as you walk about half a mile (0.8 km) and learn about the people of the past. Hear stories of Kit Carson, Padre Martinez, Don Juan de Onate, Long John Dunn, and Doc Martin.
  • 1-hour historical walking tour of Taos
  • Stroll the historic downtown area as your guide tells you tales of the town’s history
  • Learn about famous people of the past, such as Doc Martin, Long John Dunn, and Padre Martinez
  • This tour involves about half a mile (0.8 km) of walking

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Guide gratuity not included.

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Plaza South
    Plaza S, Taos, NM 87571, USA

    Meet in front of La Fonda Hotel, 108 South Plaza

Start time

11:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your group and guide at 100 S. Plaza Drive at the gazebo a little before 11am for your 1-hour walking tour of historical Taos. Most tours run right at 11am, but other times are available if requested at the time of booking. Because most of this tour is on sidewalks, it’s wheelchair accessible.

Follow your guide around the town as you pass by historical areas. Listen to stories about people of the past as you walk about half a mile around the town. Some of the famous historical figures your guide tells you about include Kit Carson, Padre Martinez, Don Juan de Onate, Long John Dunn, Doc Martin, and others.

Along the way, gain a better understanding for Taos' unique history, and what makes the town the way it is today. Your walk finishes back at the gazebo around 12pm, and you can decide what’s next for the day.

Taos Plaza

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

John Dunn Shops

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Taos County Courthouse Murals (Pass By)

Michael Gorman Gallery

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hotel La Fonda de Taos

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Red Cat House Apartment

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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75 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Nice tour
Trisha_A, Mar 2024
Sam was a wonderful tour guide. He was friendly and knowledgeable about the local history and did a great job showing us around the town. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Nice tour!
ekeeney17, Mar 2024
Sam was a great tour guide- very knowledgeable about local history and did a nice job showing me the town. I enjoyed the tour!
Short and Sweat
MaryJudge, Oct 2023
We really enjoyed Sam. He is a little soft spoken, but was very interesting. We liked his humor. Taos is a cute area. Sad that the construction takes away from the area.
No Guide
Bert_R, May 2023
I was here and the guide was not. he told me later he was at the doctors in Santa Fe and must have been a mix-up with Viator but would get me a refund.
Brief but good
MaryFaith_R, May 2023
The tour was a bit brief. I wish we saw more. I really enjoyed what we saw. I wanted more culture and history, less art. Sam was pleasant and engaging!
Terry was very good- very...
Randy_D, Apr 2023
Terry was very good- very patient - answered our questions- we enjoyed the tour very much- we would recommend to others
Informative experience
Victoria_B, Apr 2023
Our Guide Sam really helped us with the local flavor. Shared stories, history and great places to shop and eat. We highly recommend this tour
Wonderful walking tour of Taos plaza area
Patricia_C, Aug 2022
Our guide was friendly, entertaining, and very knowledgeable about the history of the area we visited. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
Taos history
Donna_F, Jun 2022
Lots of interesting history about Taos and individuals. Very interesting. Sam was excellent! Would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Many thanks!
MaryKay_D, May 2022
Sam was an excellent tour guide! He was knowledgeable and also funny/tactful when sharing provocative information. If we had not taken the tour, we would not have known much of the history of Taos. Definitely would recommend to others.
Response from Host, May 2022
Many thanks!
Interesting Hour of Taos History
Judy_C, Apr 2022
Had an interesting hour of Taos History. Tour guide had interesting anecdotes to enhance the dates and facts he presented. Recommend.
Fun, brief but rich Taos walking tour.
erin_s, Nov 2021
Our guide shared local color and character stories. That added so much to the experience. And he was, of course, able to recommend other things to see, do and eat!
Fun morning
Lucille_B, Oct 2021
Lots of interesting anecdotes and a pleasant walk around town. Our guide Sam was knowledgeable and fun to listen to.
Terrific tour
Janice_L, Oct 2021
Sam, our tour guide, was timely and well prepared. His knowledge of Taos history, artists, and architecture made this tour perfect. Excellent way to get to know Taos.
Sam was a very...
Robyn_B, Sep 2021
Sam was a very knowledgeable tour guide. He made it fun and interesting. It was a nice stroll through town.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Disapponted in Taos
rosefeinberg50, Aug 2019
There does not seem much to see at all in Taos. The guide was knowledgeable about the history of the area, but we stood and listened a good portion of the time. There were few stops or places to see. On our own, we toured the Kit Carson Museum, which was the most worthwhile place to visit in the town.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Hi Rose, We're disappointed you didn't enjoy Taos, or our 8-stop, one-hour walking tour during your visit a couple of months ago. We received a 5-star glowing review from the other party on your tour, which is perplexing. Taos is a fascinating place to explore and as I mentioned during our phone call, we'd be happy to give you a tour of the area instead of just the downtown next time you're visiting. Happy Travels! Turquoise Tours
Walking tour
jcnodar, Aug 2019
Learned some Taos history and enjoyed the local insights. It was a fun tour. Also inspired us to go see some nearby spots we hadn’t known about.
Top time in Taos
Mark B, Dec 2018
Steve was a very knowledgeable and personable guide on our tour of historic Taos. His detailed descriptions of the people and history of Taos was very entertaining and his care of our safety as we negotiated the streets was exemplary. We would highly recommend this tour.
Tour of Taos with Anita
Melinda_G, Oct 2018
Four of us were visiting Taos again. We had been there many times, but had never done a tour. We signed up for the Historic Downtown Walking Tour to find out if we had missed anything and discovered we had missed a lot! Anita was our guide. She was engaging and fun, told us interesting facts and gave us information about what happened in the past in Taos -- bringing it all to life with her engaging manner. Highly recommend the tour.
Cool, very informative, much more...
Michael_M, Dec 2017
Cool, very informative, much more interesting then I was expecting for sure

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