Welcome to the land of enchantment.
Situated a few miles east of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, New Mexico sits Hotel Luna Mystica. This gorgeous, starlight campsite is home to 20 beautifully renovated, vintage airstream trailers in every color of the rainbow. While reminiscent of our stay at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas, Hotel Luna Mystica has magnetic energy all it’s own. Perhaps it’s the stunning scenery, rich history, and sheer magic that truly sets it apart.
Staying at Hotel Luna Mystica was a dream and this trip was exactly what we needed after a 6-month quarantine at home. I think my favorite part was waking up to see the sunrise from behind the mountains every morning. It was one of the most peaceful, calming experiences I’ve had in quite a while. And boy did I need it. One morning I walked a little further out into the field in front of us and when I turned around, I saw several other guests sitting quietly on their decks, eyes closed, coffee in hand, enjoying the sunrise too.
The quietness is something you don’t think about before you get there, but once you arrive and realize how far out you are, it’s incredible. It’s exactly what you need to slow down and escape from the demands of our everyday lives. However, if you have little ones to entertain on a trip like this, there’s still plenty to do too.
WHAT WE DID
- Hike the Rift Valley Loop Trail. This trail was highly recommended by a few locals and man, it did not disappoint. About one mile into the trail, you’re greeted with a stunning overlook of the Gorge. And, it’s a very easy trail too – one that Brady (6) and Parker (4) did all on their own! If you’re up for more of a challenge, there is another trail here that you can take as well.
- Eat at Taos Pizza Out Back for dinner and The Coffee Spot for breakfast. We made our lunches at the trailer each day and also grilled out one night, but we made sure to visit The Coffee Spot 3 days in a row for breakfast. That place – and the coffee – is so darn good.
- Grab Drinks at the Taos Mesa Brewery. While the Taos Mesa Brewery is literally located right next door to Hotel Luna Mystica, it was sadly closed during our visit. Instead, we loaded up on a variety of brews in town and enjoyed them back at the trailer. If you’re kid-free, stop by the Taos Mesa Tap Room and enjoy one or two in person!
- Drive the Enchanted Circle. This 84-mile circular drive connects the towns of Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest Lake, and Angel Fire. If you’ve got time and a penchant for experiencing a variety of cultures in just under three hours, you’ll love this trip!
- Visit Taos Ski Hill. The scenery on this drive in the fall is absolutely stunning, so be sure to have your camera ready. You’ll certainly see wildlife on your way up too. I was in awe of the trees, the roadside streams, and the beauty of Taos Ski Hill altogether.
- Enjoy Ice Cream at Taos Cow. Located about 5 miles north of Hotel Luna Mystica in Arroyo Seco, you’ll find this gem nestled into the cutest little downtown spot. Taos Cow is a great spot for a quick bite, but they are revered for their homemade ice cream.
- Visit Taos Pueblo. The Taos Pueblo is an ancient pueblo still inhabited today by a Native American tribe, called the Puebloan people. It’s one of the oldest, continuously inhabited communities in the United States! Unfortunately, we were unable to visit this historic landmark on our trip as it was closed due to the coronavirus. However, we look forward to visiting again when it is safe for everyone!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- All trailers have bathrooms, but not all have showers. Be sure to look closely at each trailer’s amenities before you book (if you’re particular about that). Regardless, you’ll have access to the on-site outdoor bathrooms and showers.
- Campfire necessities like matches and wood are provided. So, be sure to bring everything else you’ll need for s’mores. There are grocery stores in town – about 5 minutes away. We love switching out Hershey bars for Reece’s cups!
- If you’re traveling with little ones, bring a pack-n-play or prepare for them to sleep with you. Older kiddos can sleep on expandable couches – just be sure to let the office know and they’ll provide extra sheets, blankets, and pillows!
- The campsite is located outside of town, so be prepared (and get excited) for true relaxation and mother nature’s beauty.
Overall, our whole family had such an amazing experience at Hotel Luna Mystica and we cannot wait to go back. The slower-paced lifestyle is totally invigorating, and something I think we all need to experience every once in a while.
Questions about Hotel Luna Mystica or Taos? Let me know in the comments below or send me a message @jenkubes on Instagram!
Stay tuned for our next adventure!