How much does the class cost?
The registration fee for each class is $800, and includes course
tuition, field trip entry fees and permits, materials costs, and designated
meals. Lodging and transportation to and from Taos are the responsibility of
What is the cancellation policy?
Registrants may cancel by notifying the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute up to
30 days prior to the start date of the Institute. A handling fee of $50 will be
withheld from your registration fee, and the balance will be refunded to you.
Refunds will not be permitted after 30 days prior to the start date. Should the SMU-in-Taos
Cultural Institute cancel a course, a full refund will be made to the
registrants of that course.
Where are the recommended accommodations?
Participants in the Taos Cultural Institute are responsible for making their
own arrangements for lodging during the weekend. Because July is one of the
busiest times in Taos, you are encouraged to make these arrangements sooner
rather than later. For a list of lodging options that we highly recommend,
please click here.
How do I get there?
Dallas to Santa Fe: American Airlines has a direct flight from DFW to Santa Fe Municipal Airport. From Santa Fe you will need to rent a car and drive to Taos (about a 1.5 hour drive).
Dallas to Albuquerque: Fly American from DFW or Southwest from Love Field into Albuquerque International Airport, where you may rent a car or take a shuttle into Taos (about a 3 hour drive).
Driving: If you choose to drive from Dallas to Taos, plan on approximately 11-12 hours.
Download maps of the drive from Albuquerque to Taos or Dallas to Taos, including
driving directions and landmarks along the way.
How is the Taos weather in July?
The weather in Taos in July is (typically) delightful. While daytime highs
are usually in the mid to high 80s, evenings and early mornings are cool, with
lows in the low to mid 50s. Days are mostly sunny, although late afternoon
showers are common. Click here for the current Taos forecast.
What should I bring to wear?
Dress is very casual during the day and “nice casual” at night. Dress in
layers to accommodate temperature changes. Comfortable walking shoes are
suggested. And because the sun is more intense at higher altitudes, sunscreen
and a hat are highly recommended.
The Taos area is at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea level. Some
fieldtrips will include walking trails and climbing moderate inclines at this
For More Information
Contact Renee Bowen or call 214-768-TAOS (8267).