Community sports

Sports sidelines – January 24



The ice rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center is open seven days a week for public recreational skating. Cost to get on the ice is $3 for adults and $2 for children and includes skate rental. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed on holidays. Closing time may vary occasionally depending on the schedule for tournaments and events. Other programs available at the ice rink include figure skating lessons, hockey lessons and group rates (if booked in advance). Helmets and safety equipment are available at the skate rental counter. For reservations or for more information, call (575) 741-0830.


The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is continuing the closure of the La Junta Trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The closure is required to address maintenance needs. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

La Junta Point Overlook and Campground will remain open during this time. Visitors can access the River Trail and the lower parts of the canyon from the Little Arsenic Springs Trail or Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The BLM asks the public to respect the closure of the trails.

As always, the BLM Taos field office reminds all visitors to take precautions when visiting public lands. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately, consider local weather conditions and altitude and remember your outdoor essentials: water, snacks, appropriate footwear, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

For more information, please contact the BLM Taos field office at (575)758-8851.


Taos Ski Valley and Not Forgotten Outreach invite past and present military members, their immediate families and Gold Star Families to enjoy the 6th annual Not Forgotten Outreach Ski Week, from Jan. 22-27. Providing an affordable week on the slopes, this opportunity includes free equipment rentals, $40-day lift tickets, group lessons and steep discounts on lodging, Children's Center ski school, childcare and more.

The event also incorporates group dining, encouraging participants to both spend time together as a family and build relationships with new friends. Through social connection and bonding opportunities, the whole family may reap the healing benefits of community. Active-duty Wounded Warriors scholarships are available during the ski week: Through a VA Adaptive Sports Grant, NFO is offering five scholarships for skiers and snowboarders currently on active duty with vision, intellectual/cognitive or physical diagnoses. The scholarship includes meals, lodging, lift tickets, equipment and lessons for the service member and his or her family members. For further information, please contact Don Peters, at (575) 224-1503.



At Pioneer Lift, Taos Ski Valley, on Wednesdays (Jan. 30 and beyond) at 1 p.m. Meet at the bottom of the Pioneer Lift underneath or next to a giant green-and-white banner that reads  "Ski with a Ranger." 

As long as you can comfortably handle the green slopes on the mountain (including Honeysuckle on the backside), you are welcome to join the group. Due to the wide variety of interests of the our participants, we take a casual and flexible approach to the topics we cover. Usually we talk about flora and fauna of the immediate mountain environment, history and culture of the area, history of the Forest Service, the ski area, the Village of Taos Ski Valley as well as the relationship among us. Almost always we talk about Wilderness with a capital ‘W," natural resources, local rivers and watersheds, year-round recreational opportunities in the area and comment on the peaks, slopes and valleys we can see from our particular vantage point. And perhaps most important of all, we teach, emphasize and practice mountain safety! Average duration of a tour is about an hour to an hour and a half.


Angel Fire Resort invites veterans, working military and their families for a long weekend at discounted rates, plus ski and snowboard lessons for vets taught by vets. For more information, call (800) 633-7463 or visit



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