Posted by BeyondTaos editor, May 9, 2017
Whatever your mother’s interests, a Taos outing with close friends and family will be a hit on Mother’s Day. We’ve assembled some activity ideas (many are free) – but remember, it’s her time with you that mom will most appreciate.
Start in Taos. Take in the Farmers Market then the Mother’s Day Music Festival in Kit Carson Park. Head out to the High Road for stops at fiber artists’ studios, part of the first annual NM Fiber Arts Crawl, then the Mother’s Day Pottery Sale at Ojo Sarco Pottery. After that, head west over to Abiquiu for a walk around Purple Adobe Farm’s lavender labyrinth. Drive back via Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs resort for a soak in the hot springs. Make it back to Taos in time for a chamber music concert at Harwood Museum of Art.
You may need two full days to accomplish all this! Here are times and places for highlights of Mother’s Day Weekend in Taos – and beyond.
Saturday, May 13
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
Ojo Caliente, 8:00am – 10:00pm
Everyone’s favorite way to celebrate! Take mom for a soak in Ojo’s four different types of mineral water – lithia, iron, soda and arsenic. Entry fee includes access to the public mineral pools, Mud Pool and steam and sauna. Rates on Saturday and Sunday 8:00 to 6:00pm: $32 pp. (Sunset rates after 6:00pm: $28 pp)
New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl
Albuquerque to Taos, two days, all day
Showcasing the creative work produced by fiber artists across New Mexico. Eight sites in the Taos area: Arroyo Seco, Town of Taos, Dixon and Penasco. Free.
Taos Farmers Market
Taos Plaza, 8-12:30pm
The first farmers market of the season! Buy the fixin’s to make mom breakfast in bed on Sunday.
Annual Mothers’ Day Pottery Sale and Celebration
Ojo Sarco Pottery on the High Road to Taos, 10-5:00pm (or until we’re sold out!)
Refreshments and celebration of moms and best friends, discounts on dinnerware “extras” and special sale items.
Lecture: Miguel Santistevan
Taos Public Library, 1:00pm
The Friends Summer Lecture series presents Miguel Santistevan on Practical Solutions for Agriculture Resilience in the Face of Climate Change. Hosted by Spencer Stall. Free.
Opening of Young Artists of Taos Art Show
Blumenschein Home and Museum, 5-7:00pm
Juried 2-D and 3-D art work by Taos County artists age 14-17. Free.
Taos Chamber Music Group: Transcending Time
Harwood Museum of Art, 5:30pm
Concert is a multimedia collaboration with optics artist Ethan Jackson and also features young artists. $25 adults, $12 children/students.
LMNOC’s Mother’s Day Music Festival
Kit Carson Park, all day
16th annual free three-day music festival with rock, New Mexico and Tejano music brought to Taos by LMNOC Broadcasting. Free.
Taos Community Chorus: Brahms
St James Episcopal Church, 3:00pm
Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, sung in English. $15.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Races
Taos Junction Bridge on the Rio Grande in Pilar, 8:00am to 6:30pm+
Whitewater races, river-side rendezvous, kid and mom tandem race, geology float with Paul Bauer, and more. Rafts, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Sponsored by New Mexico River Outfitter Association.
Hike Big Arsenic Trail with a BLM Guide
Big Arsenic Trail, Wild Rivers, 9:00am
Meet at the trailhead at Big Arsenic campground for this moderate two mile round trip hike into the gorge. The geologic history of the gorge, some petroglyphs that shed light on the cultural history of the area, and the reasons why this is a Monument will be discussed. Free.
La Vista Verde Trail Petroglyph Hike
La Vista Verde Trail in Orilla Verde, 9:00am
Park Ranger Kim Henkel will be leading this hike on Mothers’ Day. Meet at the trail head located about 1/2 mile west of Taos Junction Bridge, on NM 567. The trail is about 1-1/2 miles long, and a very easy walk. You’ll see striking petroglyphs, some with a connection to the Comanche in Oklahoma. A group of bighorn are often seen on this trail. Free.
Mother’s Day at the Lavender Farm
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu, 10-5:00pm
Stroll through the lavender fields, have lunch in the tea room, make crafts, walk the labyrinth, shop in the Lavender Store.
New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl, continues
Annual Mothers’ Day Pottery Sale and Celebration at Ojo Sarco Pottery, continues
Taos Chamber Music Group Concert, continues
Music Festival in Kit Carson Park, continues
Taos Community Chorus at St James Church, continues