Taos Cultural Institute: July 15-18, 2021

Taos Cultural Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I registered before this summer’s Cultural Institute was postponed to 2021?

If you have already registered for this summer’s SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, you have the following options:

  1. Request a refund and re-register later,
  2. Transfer your registration payment(s) to the same course(s) in 2021, or
  3. Donate your registration fee to support students studying at SMU-in-Taos later this year.

Please contact us before Monday, June 5, 2020 to share your decision. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will automatically transfer your registration payment and course selection for you. You may reach us by email at taosci@smu.edu or contact Elizabeth Gallegos by phone at (214) 768-1303.

To prevent any unintended confusion, online registration for SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute 2021 is closed until later this fall. If you have not yet registered, we will send a reminder as soon as registration opens again.

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 each participant.

What is the cancellation policy?

For cancellations on or before June 5, 2021, 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 on or after June 5, 2021. The SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute reserves the right to cancel a course should fewer than the recommended number of participants register. In that case, registrants would be given the opportunity to participate in their second course choice or receive a refund.


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 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).

Dallas to Taos, NM: Direct flights will be soon available from Dallas to Taos, New Mexico. More information to come.

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.

Please Note

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 altitude.

For More Information

Contact SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute or call 214-768-TAOS (8267).