Taos, New Mexico

Taos /ts/ is a town in Taos County in the north-central region of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Initially founded in 1615, it was intermittently occupied until formally established in 1795 by Nuevo México Governor Fernando Chacón to act as fortified plaza and trading outpost for the neighboring Native American Taos Pueblo (the town's namesake) and Hispano communities, including Ranchos de Taos, Cañon, Taos Canyon, Ranchitos, El Prado, and Arroyo Seco. The town was incorporated in 1934. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,716.

Taos, New Mexico
Taos Plaza and the Hotel La Fonda, within the Taos Downtown Historic District
Nickname(s): 
Taos
Location of Taos, New Mexico
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Taos, New Mexico
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°23′38″N 105°34′36″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountyTaos
Founded1795[1]
Government
  MayorDaniel R. Barrone
Area
  Total6.01 sq mi (15.56 km2)
  Land6.01 sq mi (15.56 km2)
  Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
6,969 ft (2,124 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total5,716
  Estimate 
(2019)[3]
5,929
  Density987.02/sq mi (381.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP code
87571
Area code(s)575
FIPS code35-76200
GNIS feature ID0911545
Websitewww.taosgov.com

Taos is the county seat of Taos County. The English name Taos derives from the native Taos language meaning "(place of) red willows".

Taos is the principal city of the Taos, NM Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Taos County.