I’ve written a few articles recently about traveling to New Mexico — including Santa Fe and Red River — but here’s another good reason: Taos is holding its first-ever official Gay Pride Weekend next month.

From Aug. 20 to 22, the artsy town along the Enchanted Circle will stage a variety of events. Among those scheduled are the Gayla La fundraiser, a dance party that culminates with the crowing of Gay Pride Taos royalty on Friday, Pride in the Park (including a fashion show and live radio broadcast) on Saturday morning and a “dyke hike” on Sunday. You can mix-and-match airlines and fares to Albuquerque leaving Thursday and make the roundtrip for under $300 — and take in the attractions of Red River and the environs while you’re there.