Traveling With Children
Hispanic and American Indian cultures are typically very child friendly, so your little ones will be welcome in most environments, including restaurants and hotels. The only exception would be some of the more formal restaurants in Santa Fe and Taos. Kids are sure to be fascinated by ceremonial dances at the pueblos, but be prepared with distracting games and the like, as long waits are the norm. Prep children with information about American Indian culture beforehand, and brief them on the basic etiquette at dances, which applies to them as well. Kids will also enjoy river rafting (relaxing, less risky “floats” along placid sections of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama are best) and skiing; Taos Ski Valley in particular has a strong program of classes for youngsters. Though the specific prices are not listed in this guide, admission at major attractions is almost always lower for children than for adults.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition