A Walk about Dog-friendly Taos, New Mexico

Day 3 (August 2019)
Taos, New Mexico

We have just returned from another inspiring trip to New Mexico, which is beginning to feel like a second home (and may well be in the next few years). A busy few weeks of going, going, going have put me dreadfully behind on blogging! Let’s pick up where I left off on my August 2019 road trip with Juniper, after a long day of wandering from Las Conchas and looping the rainy Enchanted Circle before crashing for the night in Taos

Taos Print and Photography Services Mural in downtown Taos, New Mexico

Taos “Dog Park”

Waking (on my birthday!) refreshed after our night at the charming Sagebrush Inn, Juniper is in need of a little run before our walk around Taos plaza and downtown. Surprisingly, I cannot find an off-leash dog park in Taos, however the city has turned the tennis courts at Kit Carson Park into an off-leash area for dogs. No canine friends are at the tennis court “dog park” today, though Juni enjoys a few minutes of fetch and being off the leash.

(I have since heard there is something like a dog park at the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.)

Juniper at Taos tennis court off-leash dog area at Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico

Views from Kit Carson park are quite lovely, and the park also makes for a convenient parking area when spots at the plaza are full.

Mountain View from Kit Carson Park in Taos, New Mexico

Art-filled Downtown and Taos Plaza

Ah Taos, mountain town of my dreams…

Flower pots and arch in Taos, New Mexico courtyard

One of many Taos, New Mexico fine art and Antique Galleries

Dog water bowls are found throughout town, and few of the stores and galleries are even dog-friendly! We walk through wonderful Bryans Gallery and admire the collections of new and vintage art and jewelry.

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A cozy garden seating area on Bent Street offers a shady respite from the warm summer sun, and is adjacent to two of my favorite dog-friendly Taos establishments: the op. cit. (new and used) bookstore and Bent Street Cafe. I am disappointed that the cafe’s small patio is full, however the bright side is this prompts me to discover another favorite Taos eatery.

Dog-friendly op. cit. new and used bookstore on Bent Street in Taos, New Mexico

But first we walk in and around the plaza, where Juniper makes about a hundred new human friends…

Taos Plaza, New Mexico

And I do some window shopping, swooning over this covey of beautiful clay quails, made by a Taos Pueblo artist. I would love to have a collection of these.

During our September trip, we pick one up for our 7-year-old niece, who had requested “bring me something back from Mexico”. She doesn’t quite understand the difference between Mexico and New Mexico. This special piece gives us the opportunity to teach her about Taos’s original residents.

Art pottery clay quail sculptures found at Taos, New Mexico gallery

I dig this adobe and river rock house on Hwy 64 just north of the plaza. When we first visited Taos in August 2018, we had the opportunity to see the inside because an estate sale was being hosted there. I’m not sure what it’s being currently being used for – maybe a restaurant is under construction?

Unique adobe and river rock home on Hwy 64 in Taos, New Mexico

And oh those Taos gardens…

Taos, New Mexico gardens around Sam's Shop

Taos, New Mexico gardens around the Governor Bent Museum

Taos Mesa Brewing

Time for lunch! I treat myself to a couple of birthday beers and a leisurely lunch on the patio at the awesome Taos Mesa Brewing downtown taproom. Juni enjoys a nap in the shade, and I enjoy the $10 lunch special – a crazy amount of food, all fresh and delicious.

Good beer and food at Taos Mesa Brewing downtown taproom

Juniper the Wonder Dog napping on the patio at Taos Mesa Brewing downtown taproom

Good beer and food at Taos Mesa Brewing downtown taproom

The Sagebrush Inn

As promised, here are a few photos of the historic Sagebrush Inn, which (according to an employee) has been dog-friendly since it’s opening in 1931 as a 12-room hotel. For a year in the early 1930’s, Georgia O’Keeffe occupied and painted in the third-floor room, which is now called the Artist’s Loft. The hotel has hosted a number of celebrities over the years, and Taos resident Dennis Hopper was a frequent visitor to the bar. Visit the hotel’s history page to read more.

Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

One of two courtyards at Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

My dog-friendly room at the Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

Bathroom at the Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

Overlooking one of the courtyards at the Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

Overlooking one of the courtyards at the Historic Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico

Onward to Orilla Verde Recreation Area in Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument!

See all of our New Mexico wanderings here.

 

15 Replies to “A Walk about Dog-friendly Taos, New Mexico”

    1. So sweet, thank you! I was traveling alone (well, with my dog) on both my birthday in August and 10th wedding anniversary in July, but it didn’t bother me because over the past year I’ve come to realize that a day is just a day on the calendar. Anything can be celebrated on any day, and we really should celebrate the people and places that we love each and every day (including ourselves) in small ways. I know that you get it 😉

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      1. That is a beautiful mind-frame and I am happy you can see it this way. You are absolutely right but most could never see it this way. I think every day is worth celebrating and we don’t need to wait for special occasions. 😉

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    1. Taos is such a wonderful town, Joshi. 🙂 The area’s rich culture and history, large population of artists and friendly locals, the mountain and high desert landscapes make it a truly beautiful and special place.

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    1. Head west, head west! Hahahaha! The weather is so lovely this time of year.

      Selling Christmas trees in Florida sounds pretty appealing. Now you have me ready to head to Florida (well, after Hurricane season ends). I do love Florida!

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