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Where to watch the Sunset in Taos

Know where to go to catch the best sunset views during the golden hour around Taos, New Mexico.

The Golden Hour in Taos New Mexico is Incredible, here’s where to catch it.

Sunset Park This park offers a great view looking Westward over a neat part of Taos Valley in town. If you hangout at the entrance of the park atop a cliffside you can view the Valley land and homes as you look towards Blueberry Hill. Walk down into the park where multiple seating areas are set up to sit and enjoy the sunset — after all, it is named Sunset Park. Location: West of the Plaza, behind the Elementary School, on Salazar Road and Civic Plaza Road. (10 minute walk from the Plaza; Accessible but fairly steep decline with steps into the park).

West Rim Trail Great for a sunset trail hike (or walk). The path takes you out onto a Mesa that borders the Western side of the Rio Grande Gorge, where you get a spectacular view looking Eastward at the Gorge Bridge with its canyon below and mountains in the back. If you walk about a mile on the trail, which is mostly flat but rocky, there is a bench to sit and enjoy the Sunset. Location: West of Town, out on Hwy 64 about 7 miles, just past the Gorge Bridge. The West Rim Trailhead is on the South end of the parking lot. (20 minutes from Town; Accessible, the trail is flat but very rocky; Prepare to be muddy if recently rained or snowed)

Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership There really is nothing like it. The view of the Mountains from the outdoor patio with a hearty beer in hand is It. Looking Eastward over sagebrush covered Mesa, Taos Mountain hanging out, good vibes all around as the sun goes down.  Don’t try too hard. Maybe play some disc golf. Location: West of Town, out on Hwy 64 about 5 miles, before you reach the Gorge Bridge. (15 minute drive from Town; Accessible; Do Not Drive Drunk back from Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership!)

Gorge Bar and Grill Cocktail, happy hour appetizer, and a view of the sun setting in the Western sky over the Taos Plaza. Can’t really argue with that. They have location, no doubt. Location: On the Plaza (Taos of Taos, on the Plaza; Easy access on East side of restaurant, on Paseo the main road)

Fred Baca Park Looking for a wide open field to play in? Maybe your companion is. You’ll have a great view of Taos Mountain and the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains which will turn slightly red during most sunsets. But you can also see the Western skies here and that’s really nice. There’s a playground and nature walk through a swamp as well. Location: Southwest of the Plaza, On La Posta Road, a few blocks South of Ranchitos Road. (Town of Taos, 5 min drive from the Plaza; Totally accessible)