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A Brief History of Taos Plaza

TAOS PLAZA: Here you will find a brief history of Taos Plaza, a feature on the hotel La Fonda de Taos, information about shopping and dining on the Plaza, and an exploration of Taos culture in the downtown area. And as a bonus, there is a link to the Taos Plaza webcam.
Much of the historic town of Taos can be enjoyed on foot, since Taos Plaza–ringed by galleries, shops, Northern New Mexico restaurants and an assortment of historic sites–is the heart of the community.

Basque explorer Don Juan de Oñate arrived in Taos in July 1598, established a mission and negotiated trading arrangements with the residents of Taos Pueblo. The settlement developed into two Plazas: the Plaza at the heart of the town became a thriving business district for the early colony, and a walled residential plaza was constructed a few hundred yards behind.

Most of the buildings around the Plaza are old; however, since Taos has always been plagued by fires, none of the Plaza's buildings predate the 19th century. The covered gazebo was donated by heiress and longtime Taos resident Mabel Dodge Luhan. And on the southeastern corner of Taos Plaza is the historic Hotel La Fonda de Taos.

The end of July brings the annual Fiestas de Santa Ana y Santiago, a weekend-long celebration where the Plaza is filled with music, food and dance.

Taos Plaza Webcam

La Fonda de Taos

Taos Tasting Room
& Wine Bar
Enjoy Award Winning Black Mesa Wines By the Glass or Bottle & Live Entertainment Fri. & Sat.

Dining, cocktails and restaurants on the Taos Plaza

The Alley Cantina
A Taos Tradition for Great Food & Drink, Live Music, Dancing, Pool, Pichonette & More!

The Gorge Bar & Grill
Simple Fare with a New Mexican Flair, Craft Beers, Fine Wines & Premium Tequila

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