Things To Do

Truchas Peaks Place is surrounded by National Forest lands, making it the perfect base for year-round exploration of New Mexico’s north central region.

Here you can fish, hike, go rafting, ski or snowboard, mountain bike, ride horses, visit wineries or artists’ studios, or simply read, rest, or work in our cozy library.

Popular activities


Trail hiking

meadow with mountains in backgroundTruchas Peaks Place is surrounded by Carson National Forest, which has some 1.5 million acres to explore, including 13,161-ft Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest. We highly recommend the area around Santa Barbara Canyon for its well-maintained trails through striking scenery. A closer option is the 6.4-mile trail system at Santa Cruz Lake, 10 miles from Truchas.


Professional photographers and hobbyists alike journey to our part of New Mexico to feast their camera lenses on the stunning landscape, architecture, flora, and wildlife.

Arts and crafts

New Mexico is a mecca for art lovers of all stripes, offering everything from big-city art museums to village galleries and studios – like our own Truchas – that might feature contemporary paintings, sculpture, jewelry, Native American art, ceramics, traditional wood carving and weaving, etc.


man fly fishing in a riverAn abundance of streams and cool summer temperatures combine to make our region an angler’s paradise. Santa Barbara Canyon, 25 miles from Truchas, is famous for its rich trout population (truchas is Spanish for trout).

Cultural events

Throughout the year, exciting fiestas and markets are held in our region. For example the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, and the Santa Fe Indian Market, held every year in August, an event that showcases 1,200 Native American artists and attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Another must for art-and-culture enthusiasts is the Santa Fe Spanish Market, held twice annually in July and December by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, and featuring traditional Hispanic art forms and artists.

Culinary delights

pouring glass of red wineVineyards, orchards, seasonal farmers’ markets, 5-star restaurants, food festivals, and of course our state’s famous green chile cheeseburger – there’s something here to satiate any food lover. We’ll be happy to provide you with a list of fine local restaurants during your stay here.

Vistas and historic sites

Spectacular scenery and a great number of cultural and historical treasures are within easy driving distance of Truchas Peaks Place. Don’t miss the view from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, near Taos, for example, or the U.S. Hill Turnout in the Carson National Forest. The area also contains many historic churches, with construction dating back to the 1700s. Examples include Old Holy Rosary in Truchas, San Jose de Gracia in Las Trampas, San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos, and the Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo.

Winter sports

We are within easy reach of Sipapu Ski Resort, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire Resort, Red River, and other resorts – but give you a place away from the tourist crowds to retreat to in the evenings. Sipapu, open year-round and home to the longest ski season in New Mexico, is less than an hour’s drive from Truchas.