If planning to fly to the Taos area, there is no direct commercial air service.  Santa Fe has recently opened its airport to regional jet service and is being serviced by American Airlines with flights from DFW and LAX daily.  It's only an hour and 15 minutes away from Taos and includes several rental car companies.  A little over an hour south of Santa Fe is Albuquerque International Sunport Airport, (about 2 hours 30 minutes drive to Taos).   Unlike Santa Fe, all major airlines and rental car companies serve the Albuquerque airport.   The Taos Express has begun serving the Santa Fe Airport, but make sure to set up a reservation to use this surprisingly comfortable option. Taos Ski Valley also provides daily airport shuttle service to Santa Fe and Alburquerque- www.skitaos.org/content/shuttle (800 776-1111).

According to the official Taos Visitor's Guide, there are several private shuttle options providing direct shuttle service from the Albuquerque Sunport (Airport) to Taos:  Twin Hearts Shuttle (575-751-1201), Dream Limousine De Taos (575-751-3551), Faust's Transportation, Inc. (575-758-3410) and Morning Star Express (575-377-2507).  Although private shuttles may not the least expensive alternative, they will generally pick you up curbside and take you directly to where you're staying, be it a B&B, a motel, or a private residence.  If you arrive in Taos and decide to rent a car, your options are Enterprise or a local dealership, Cottam Walker Ford.

Driving:  Traveling northbound from Albuquerque, drivers should take I-25 to Santa Fe, taking exit 599 north known as the Santa Fe Relief Route, then take Highway 84/285 into Espanola.  Bear right onto Highway 68 and follow that road north into Taos. Southbound travelers from Denver should take I-25 through Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, then turning onto Highway 160 over La Vita Pass and on to Ft Garland.  From there to Colorado State Highway 159 which changes names once you cross the border to New Mexico State Highway 522 into Taos.

Another travel option is to take Amtrak. The Southwest Chief route (Chicago to LA) provides rail service through Albuquerque. To get to Taos, disembark at Lamy, where you can grab a shuttle for the ride into Taos. Riding the rails is a relatively stress-free and extremely scenic method of travel.

Recent developments have added public transportation options to Taos from Santa Fe.  The New Mexico Rail Runner is a passenger train that runs between downtown Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Railyard near its town center.  Two regional transportation authorities have begun running large passenger vans/shuttles to Taos from the Railyard.  Check out the Taos Express for the shuttle owned by the Town of Taos (reservations required), or the Regional Transit option that runs from Monday through Friday.

Driving distances from some major points of origin into Taos:  Albuquerque 135 m. (2 1/2 hrs); Denver 300 m. (4 1/2 hrs); Santa Fe 72 m. (1 1/2 hrs.); Dallas 682 m. (11 1/2 hrs.)