Area Code -- The telephone area code for Taos area is 575.
ATMs -- You can find ATMs (also known as cash pueblos) all over town, at supermarkets, banks, and drive-throughs.
Business Hours -- Most businesses are open at least Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, though some may open an hour earlier and close an hour later. Many tourist-oriented shops are also open on Saturday morning, and some art galleries are open all day Saturday and Sunday, especially during peak tourist seasons. Banks are generally open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and often for longer hours on Friday. Some may be open Saturday morning. Most branches have cash machines available 24 hours. Call establishments for specific hours.
Climate -- Taos's climate is similar to that of Santa Fe. Summer days are dry and sunny, except for frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter days are often bracing, with snowfalls common but rarely lasting too long. Average summer temperatures range from 50° to 87°F (10°-31°C). Winter temperatures vary between 9° and 40°F (-13° to -4°C). Annual rainfall is 12 inches; annual snowfall is 35 inches in town and 300 inches at Taos Ski Valley, where the elevation is 9,207 feet. (A foot of snow is equal to an inch of rain.)
Currency Exchange -- Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Centinel Bank of Taos, 512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (tel. 575/758-6700).
Dentists -- If you need dental work, try Dr. Walter Jakiela, 1392 Weimer Rd. (tel. 575/758-8654); Dr. Michael Rivera, 107 Plaza Garcia, Suite E (tel. 575/758-0531); or Dr. Tom Simms, 1392 Weimer Rd. (tel. 575/758-8303).
Doctors -- Members of the Taos Medical Group, on Weimer Road (tel. 575/758-2224), are highly respected. Also recommended are Family Practice Associates of Taos, 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Ste. 150 (tel. 575/758-3005).
Emergencies -- Dial tel. 911 for police, fire, and ambulance.
Hospital -- Holy Cross Hospital, 1397 Weimer Rd., off Paseo del Canyon (tel. 575/758-8883), has 24-hour emergency service. Serious cases are transferred to Santa Fe or Albuquerque.
Hot Lines -- The crisis hot line (tel. 575/758-9888) is available for emergency counseling.
Internet Access -- You can retrieve your e-mail via Wi-Fi or the cafe's computers at Sustaining Cultures, 114 Doña Luz (tel. 575/751-0959). It's located 1 block west of the plaza. And the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, 108 Kit Carson Rd., Ste. F (tel. 575/751-8800), just off the Plaza, offers free access. As well, the Taos Public Library offers free access .
Library -- The Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita (tel. 575/758-3063 or 575/737-2590), has a general collection for Taos residents, a children's library, and special collections on the Southwest and Taos art.
Lost Property -- Check with the Taos police at tel. 575/758-2216.
Newspapers & Magazines -- The Taos News (tel. 575/758-2241; www.taosnews.com) and the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle (tel. 575/377-2358; www.sangrechronicle.com) are published every Thursday. Taos Magazine is also a good source of local information. The Albuquerque Journal (www.abqjournal.com) and the New Mexican (from Santa Fe; www.santafenewmexican.com) are easily obtained at book and convenience stores.
Pharmacies -- There are several full-service pharmacies in Taos. Sav-on Drug (tel. 575/758-1203), Smith's Pharmacy (tel. 575/758-4824), and Wal-Mart Pharmacy (tel. 575/758-2743) are all on Pueblo Sur and are easily seen from the road.
Police -- In case of emergency, dial tel. 911. All other inquiries should be directed to the Taos police, Civic Plaza Drive (tel. 575/758-2216). The Taos County Sheriff, with jurisdiction outside the city limits, is in the county courthouse on Paseo del Pueblo Sur (tel. 575/758-3361).
Post Offices -- The main Taos post office is at 318 Paseo del Pueblo Norte (tel. 575/758-2081), a few blocks north of the plaza traffic light. There are smaller offices in Ranchos de Taos (tel. 575/758-3944) and at El Prado (tel. 575/758-4810). The zip code for Taos is 87571.
Radio -- A local station is KTAOS-FM (101.9), which broadcasts an entertainment calendar daily (tel. 575/758-5826); National Public Radio can be found on KUNM-FM (98.5) from Albuquerque.
Taxes -- Gross receipts tax for the city of Taos is 7.5%, and for Taos County it's 6.3%. There is an additional lodgers' tax of 5% in both the city of Taos and in Taos County.
Television -- Channel 2, the local access station, is available in most hotels. For a few hours a day it shows local programming. Cable networks carry Santa Fe and Albuquerque stations.
Time -- As is true throughout New Mexico, Taos is on Mountain Standard Time. It's 2 hours earlier than New York, 1 hour earlier than Chicago, and 1 hour later than Los Angeles. Clocks change the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November.
Useful Telephone Numbers -- For emergency road service in the Taos area, call the state police at tel. 575/758-8878; for road conditions dial tel. 800/432-4269 (within New Mexico) for the state highway department. Taos County offices are at tel. 575/737-6300.
Weather -- Taos has no number to call for weather forecasts, but if you're hooked up, log on to www.taoschamber.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.