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Kit Carson Home & Museum

113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-5949
+1 575-758-4945
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Nice museum- go through cemetery to see place of rest

We enjoyed the small museum and courtyard garden outside. The video does a good job of describing... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2017
Robert D
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Pennsylvania
Tucked away in Taos!

After reading some books containing the exploits of Kit Carson, it was a real treat to visit the... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2017
TrudiC44
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Christopher “Kit” Carson, is perhaps Taos' most famous and controversial resident. He was a fur trapper among the earliest Western explorers, a scout during the first mapping of pioneer trails, a cattle and sheep rancher, a transcontinental courier, U.S. Native American agent, and an officer in the United States Army. Yet he was more than any of those things. Some people say he was a hero who was instrumental in opening up the West. Others say he was a rugged frontiersman who understood the ways of Native Americans better than any other Westerner. Still others maintain that he was an Indian hater whose only interest was to fight and kill Native Americans. He never accepted any of these labels, and neither have modern biographers who have portrayed him as an enigmatic Purchased by Kit Carson for his bride Josefa in 1843, this 3-room adobe home displays artifacts, antique firearms and other pioneer belongings, Kit Carson memorabilia and an exhaustive supply of books about New Mexico.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-5949
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

We enjoyed the small museum and courtyard garden outside. The video does a good job of describing this pioneer. Nice selection of period artifacts. After leaving we went to the cemetery close by to see the grave of Kit Carson There are other notables buried...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

After reading some books containing the exploits of Kit Carson, it was a real treat to visit the home he actually occupied. A short film sets the stage for what you are going to view. This was a man who lived hard and experienced much...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2017

A great learning experience about Kit Carson. Excellent exhibit, plus short movie about his life. This will flesh out what we didn't get in High School American History class.

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

The tour and experience of visiting Kit Carson's home is amazing! The old frontier West has come alive for me in more ways than I can imagine. The story of Kit Carson from his childhood (growing up near Daniel Boone and his family) and the...More

1  Thank R Bruce D
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Reviewed September 13, 2017

We finally visited this litte Museum and several trips to Taos over the years. It is the actual home of Kit Carson, making it very poignant when visualizing how the little inside space was utilized by the family.

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

This was my second or third visit and continued to learn about this Mountain Man. Great video and excellent exhibits. Well worth the time, great gift shop with excellent books. They can also give directions to his nearby grave. Best parking for the cemetery is...More

1  Thank William R
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Needless to say, those days out of the 1800's can just stay there. It was a really rough environment back then. The display's were really nice and one can really walk through a real adobe home. The wall's are very thick. One can easily see...More

1  Thank Kenneth S
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Reviewed August 30, 2017

This is a nice tour to take. It gives you a very good idea of what is was like in the "wild" west an he hardships people had to endure.

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Reviewed August 25, 2017

I knew little about kit Carson. It was edifying to learn about his life and experiences. He was quite a man. The home is small and gives goo inside into how the early settlers really lived.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Coming home from a weekend in Colorado visiting our son, we stopped to have lunch and stretch our legs. We parked near this plaza and had to pay to park so we went to La Cuerta Cafe and came back to the car. The wonderful...More

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Parking was a tough find while we visited the area, not that it does not exist. There is no direct parking for the museum. However, we were able to park in an open restaurant parking lot at no charge just a block or so to... More
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