Very scenic and historic. FRY BREAD!!!
Mostly converted into a Tourist sight
Nice to visit once. I liked the people.
As the Spanish conquered the area now known as New Mexico, they brought with them their religion, which they imposed on the defeated inhabitants. Thus the first Spanish-Franciscan mission was built here in Taos Pueblo by Spanish priests using Indian labour in about 1619, and was dedicated to St. Jerome – San Geronimo. It did not last long....more
The Pueblo is located a few miles north of Taos itself and you’ll need a car to get here (or take a taxi). It is open Monday - Saturday 8.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 8.30am - 4.00pm. The guided tours start from 9.00 am. I recommend coming early when the light is better for photos and there are fewer people around – we arrived soon after 9.00am on a...more
Our tour of Taos Pueblo started here, at the church that sits in the heart of the village. And isn’t it a stunner, with that combination of adobe and white against the blue sky? I could have photographed it for hours! Only the exterior though, as photographing the interior is strictly forbidden.This church, the third in the pueblo to be dedicated...more
The most distinctive structures in Taos Pueblo, and the ones you will see in every photo, are the multi-storied, multi-home North House (Hlauuma in the native Tiwa) and South House (Hlaukwima). These are considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA, and are really an early example of an apartment block, though built in...more
A small stream runs through the heart of the Pueblo, known variously as Red Willow Creek or Rio Pueblo de Taos. The stream begins high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, at the tribe’s sacred lake, Blue Lake. A traditional belief among the Taos Pueblo people is that their ancestors originated from the waters of this lake. The land that surrounds it...more
Parking is outside the main entrance: get there early in the day as it can fill quickly. Lock your car and don't leave any valuables in plain sight. Tickets are obtained at the booth just outside the entrance and are $10 for adults, $5 for students over 10 year of age, and free for children 10 and under. Allow a couple of hours for your visit, most...more
On the northwest side of the pueblo and encircled by a low wall is a cemetery with the remains of the 3rd church of San Geronimo (St. Jerome), patron saint of the pueblo mission. The information I've been able to gather has been inconsistent at best but according to an NPS document on historic places, two earlier churches were destroyed, in 1637...more
The two largest and oldest structures in the pueblo are North House (Hlauuma) and South House (Hlaukwima). North House has five levels and is the largest inhabited, multistoried building of its type in existence. South House is across the creek and is four stories high. When both adobe structures were built, they had no doorways or windows: access...more
Taos was designated a UNESCO site due to preservation of the ancient village structures by people indigenous to the pueblo, and efforts to provide maintenance of those structures using materials native to the region. While that isn't always possible, care is taken to try and preserve the appearance and integrity of this historic place.Safeguarding...more
Red Willow Creek - also known as Rio Pueblo de Taos - flows between north and south sides of the pueblo, and is the primary source of water for the inhabitants. The origin of the creek is Blue Lake, high up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and very sacred to the Taos' creation story as the birthplace of their people. The lake and surrounding lands...more
Behind a barrier on the northeast corner of the pueblo are three kivas. Pronounced "KEE-vah", these underground chambers are primarily for religious rituals by tribal males, and have existed in the Southwest for many centuries. If you ever visit Chaco Canyon, you'll be able to see the roofless ruins of many excavated circular kivas dating back well...more
The fourth (or third, depending on the source) San Geronimo Mission was built in 1850 after the previous one in the cemetery was destroyed in the revolt of 1847. The newest of the pueblo structures, it's made of adobe and has some nicely carved vigas and old santos. As she's often closely associated with the Earth Mother of tribal beliefs, a santo...more
Before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 1500's, pueblo bread was made from ground corn and cooked, tortilla style, on hot, flat stones. The Spanish introduced wheat and these beehive-shaped ovens for baking foods made from it. Seen all over the Southwest, hornos (OR-nos) can be made of sandstone, lava rock, adobe or a combination of the...more
Just like the beehive ovens, the custom of painting doors and window frames various shades of turquoise blues or greens came with the Spanish, and is believed to keep evil spirits out and good ones in. This custom is also observed in other corners of the world - including parts of the Mediterranean, Africa and southern United States - and...more
There is not much to do except for a visit of the church and browsing of the shops that surround the central open area. The church is elaborate and spacious in the context of the adobe architecture but this does not say much. Only a guide can let you in. The other area available for a peek is around the ruins of the old church turned into a...more
Look for signs that read FRY BREAD on dwellings in the pueblo; you can enter the kitchen and buy a piece of fresh bread dough that is flattened and deep-fried until puffy and golden brown. It is topped with honey and powdered sugar. Yum!!
Several of the homes in the Pueblo have been adapted to serve as small shops, selling a variety of traditional crafts. Even if you don’t want to buy anything it is well worth popping into a few as this gives you an opportunity to see inside the ancient dwellings. We particularly liked the Morning Talk shop, which had an interesting mix of pottery,...more
As I mentioned, some of the houses have been turned into shops and all of the items sold are (supposedly) handcrafted by area tribal peoples. Among the offerings are leatherworks, jewelry, drums, photos and artwork, horno-baked bread and the pueblo's own particular style of pottery. Prices range from a little to a lot and not all vendors take...more
As well as the multi-storey homes of the two main houses, there are several streets of smaller individual ones. These are also built from adobe, in the traditional style. Many still have mica windows instead of glass, as you can see in photos one and three. In the first and second photos you can also clearly see the viga beams that support the roof...more
If you have previously visited Acoma you will recognise these ovens shaped like beehives which you see outside most homes here too. Known as horno, these were introduced by the Spanish, who in turn had adopted them from the Moors – so if they look like something you have seen in North Africa it is not surprising. They are used for cooking the...more
Taos Pueblo is not a museum, nor is it a historical recreation – it is a place where people live, it is their home. So remember to treat the people and properties with respect. Don’t enter buildings unless they are marked as shops, or open to the public, and don’t photograph the people without asking their permission.Visitors are asked to abide by...more
The pueblo isn't one of those recreated historical sites with people running about in period costume. It's still home to a small section of the Taos people and they're serious about how they expect you to behave in it. Even though I've mentioned most of them, here's the full list of rules from the website:1. Please report, and pay the appropriate...more
This can be both the best and worst place for shutterbugs. Some of the ancestral homes that have been converted to shops have placed signs and displays outside, and tables have been set up here and there to sell fry and horno-baked breads, cold beverages and traditional foods. I'm a lover of beautiful, traditional craft and appreciate the effort to...more
Before you go to see Taos Pueblo, make sure that they are open to public. They usually close on Feb-Mar and sometimes if someone dies, they close for funeral. So, call them to make sure that they are open.
Unique Suggestions: Call ahead to make sure they are open.
Fun Alternatives: Taos plaza, Rio Grande Gorge bridge, Taos Ski Valley, Museum of Indian Art can be an alternative.
I had the incredible fortune to be in Taos Pueblo on the weekend of this huge Powwow. There were Native American participants from as far away as Idaho and Montana. The Powwow was held in a field outside of the Pueblo about 3 miles and about 5 miles north of the town of Taos. I was one of the few "white men" to be there but the participants were...more
Many merchant booths surrounded the dance area selling jewelry, food, pottery and other crafts. However, the hottest selling items were from the T shirt booths which sported two popular shirts. One showed a sillouette of an Indian brave on a horse and the shirt read "Home Land Security, Fighting Terrorism Since 1492. " The other read "Native...more