Taos Ski Valley Lodging

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Over the winter break, our family traveled to Taos, New Mexico to play in the snow! I’ll admit, it wasn’t the first place that came to mind for me, but my kids really wanted to play in the snow, and the more I heard about Taos, the more it intrigued me, and I wanted to give it a try. I’m so happy we did, because we had so much fun! I’m all about family road trips with my favorite people, and this 12 hour drive from Austin was worth it!

Taos Ski Valley Lodging

As far as lodging, let me first start by saying that we are HUGE FANS of staying in a vacation rental vs. a hotel. We generally go through AirBnB to rent (if you sign up through my link, we’ll BOTH get a credit for a future stay).

Taos Ski Valley Lodging

Why we love renting a home vs. a hotel:

  • so much more cozy
  • kitchen with oven/stove to cook
  • room to spread out and play games
  • yard to roam/play
  • couches for movie night
  • no noise from neighbors
  • hardly ever see anyone else

A big part of our family adventures is not to JUST see the world out there, but to bond as a family, and being cozy in a house, playing games is how that happens. I’ll admit, I LOVE eating out in new places, but pretty much no one else in my family does. We’ll usually eat out a time or two with our rentals, but this time, we did not eat out once, but we saved a bunch of money this way. On our way into town, we stopped off at Wal-Mart, stocked up on easy meals for the week (fritos/chili, frozen pizza, frozen taquitos with jar queso, cereal, sandwich fixins, and lots of snacks) and even got some hand warmers and extra layering. I love Wal-Mart.

Taos Vacation Rentals

favorite family games

Let me also say that renting a home does tend to be a bit more expensive, but for all the points I listed above, it’s worth it to me. When we do our local staycations, we stay 2 nights, like we did at our beach rental last Spring Break.  I generally look for a home that is about $200 a night.  They vary in price from location and timing, and I am often SOOO behind that I don’t book too far in advance (I’d like have more options if I do, but more options tend to overwhelm me). This home may have been more, but it had a last minute cancelation, and I literally booked it about a week before we drove out there. I love that I can see pictures on the inside on AirBnB, and I love to find places that reflect the area. The FIREPLACE at this one was so fun, and really screamed “New Mexico” to me!

I also loved that it had a great yard, which ended up being really fun to play around, building a “log cabin” and “teepee.”

building log cabin

wood teepee in taos

It also had a hot tub which was fun! (Don’t worry, the little one stayed in for just a few minutes, in and out)

hot tub vacation rental in Taos

In the 4 days that we were there, it went from nothing on the ground to a snowy wonderland. We even took our Christmas Family Pictures in the yard! {Click the link to see more!}

Buffalo Plaid Christmas Jammies Family Pictures

This kids had fun running circles around the house having a snowball fight in their swimsuits.

family snowball fight

Cozy on the couch watching a family movie

family movie night

We stayed pretty close to downtown Taos, and what I loved about that location is that it was almost equal distance to 3 different ski resorts: Red River, Taos Ski Valley, and Angelfire. We drove up all 3 mountains, and I loved that we got to see different scenery. I’m all about changing it up.

Taos home rental

These wood pole fences were all over in the area, I was fascinated by the unique landscape.

Taos New Mexico Rental

And that gorgeous mountain range!

Taos Ski Valley

If you haven’t ever tried AirBnB, you really need to check it out. You don’t even have to travel very far, just 2 hours away for a staycation is great, too!

In the next few days, I’ll share our 3 activities over 3 days: {links will be updated when posts are live}

Day 1: Taos New Mexico Lodging THIS POST!

Day 2: Taos Ski Resort

Day 3: Taos Snow Mobiles

Day 4: Renting Snow Shoes in Taos

Buffalo Plaid Jammies in the Snow Family Pictures

I LOVE traveling, and have written about a bunch of places we’ve visited. Check out the Travel Section of my site to plan your next trip!

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  1. Taos, New Mexico gets more snow then I ever expected! I even went and checked the weather forecast after reading your article. Wow! Looks like a beautiful place.

  2. Thanks for sharing such great options. And i love all the photos – looks like you guys had a lot of fun 🙂

  3. What a great place. The lodging encapsulates the New Mexico feel so well. Love the family photos, gives a real life perspective on the post!

  4. Really nice home rental, and the views are amazing! We are lucky to have snow through the whole winter here, but I understand your kids desire to see and experience it firsthand. Beautiful family you have! So great you stick together and spend time together 🙂

  5. I have never seen snow! Ever! Been looking for locations which I can visit and catch my first glance of it. A lot of people have told me how magical it can be. Definitely adding Taos to my list.
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  6. I love the family pics. Y’all had so much fun. I hope someday I will have beautiful moments with my people like this. Nice photos!

  7. What a lovely place! I really liked that house – really cozy, as you said! I must admit that I never had a snowball fight in a swimming suit! o_0 tough kids, huh? 😀 It looked like your family had a great time together with those beautiful vistas around you!

  8. Wow I’d never imagined to go to Mexico for snow but it looks like fun, especially great for the whole family!

  9. This looks amazing! I love New Mexico and look forward to having a new place to travel to. The fact that there are 3 ski resorts within close driving distance makes it that much better. Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. I’ve been wanting to go to New Mexico! I love their style. Definitely is fun to see it in the snow! Great article!

  11. We also try to stay at AirBnB (and similar) when we travel. Self-catering + lots of space = happy happy kids. Looks like you all had an amazing trip!

  12. Beautiful place! The family xmas shoot is a great idea! Also, your kids are so strong to tolerate being outdoors in swimsuits!

  13. Hi,

    Great pics on your website! More inspiration for future traveling!