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Taos History & Culture

Seated on the high-desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos is rich with art and steeped in history. Home to Taos Pueblo, the Village of Taos Ski Valley and a colorful array of surrounding communities, Taos County has something for everyone. Beginning in 1899, artists began to settle in Taos, creating the Taos Society of Artists. Taos Plaza is, for historical reasons, one of the few places in the country where the American flag may properly be displayed continuously.Taos is now one of the major tourist attractions in the Southwest. With its skiing and dining, and the San Francisco de Asis Church, located just to the south of the town in Ranchos de Taos, it is a major destination.

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