Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Hwy 64, Taos
Only about 10 miles outside of Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (which, as the name suggests, crosses over a section of the Rio Grande River) is one of the tallest bridges in the country. At the time it was first built, locals called it the bridge to nowhere because the state didn't procure the funding to build the road on the other side until after the bridge was completed. The views of the rift valley below the bridge and through the desert are spectacular.
Taos Ski Valley
116 Sutton Pl., Taos Ski Valley
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains eighteen miles northeast of the town of Taos, the Taos Ski Valley is best known as a ski resort, though there's plenty to keep families busy here in the summer, too. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can opt for climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, or llama trekking. (Yes, llama trekking.) You can also stop for a mid-day hot chocolate at the Phoenix Grill, grab a drink at the Martini Tree Bar, or order a meal made from produce handpicked from local Taos farms at Rhoda’s restaurant. While it's a great destination in its own right, Taos makes for a convenient day trip from Santa Fe.