At the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountians you will find the town of Taos.
In 1847 the U.S. took possession of New Mexico.
Although there has been an inn on the site of the La Fonda as early as 1820, the current hotel was not opened until 1937. Today it is the only hotel in Taos Plaza.
Taos is rich with art, and museums and galleries abound.
Hungry? La Cueva Cafe at 135 Paseo del Pueblo Sur was wonderful! We had the chicken enchiladas with green chili and the chicken was all white meat, the beans were whole and everything on the plate was delicious. The guacamole is a must have as well.
Another place we were told allows dogs for patio dining is Doc Martin's (named after the county's first physician) at the historic Taos Inn. We did not have time to try it this visit but maybe next time.
We stayed at the Sagebrush Inn which was built in 1930 and boasts Georgia O'Keefe as one of its guests during those early years. She stayed and painted in the hotels only 3rd floor room.
And this kitty was sleeping on one of the outdoor patios.
Sagebrush Inn has a very reasonable pet fee of $7 per night.
I will post at a later date about the rest of our tour of the Enchanted Circle, including Angel Fire, Eagle Nest and Red River. So keep checking back for that!