Taos Pueblo, also known as the place of the red willows, sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The village, which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America, was designated a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site in 1992. The adobe, multi-storied homes of Taos Pueblo have captivated painters and photographers since the 1920s, when an artist colony formed in nearby Taos and virtually established Southwest art. It helped inspire the Pueblo Revival style of architecture in contemporary New Mexico.
The pueblo is home to nearly 4,500 people who value their privacy and insist visitors do the same. Signs mark houses around the plaza that sell arts and crafts. Respect the off-limits signs and don’t climb the ladders to the rooftops.
The Taos people are very skilled in leatherwork, evident in the drums and moccasins they make.
The pueblo operates Taos Mountain Casino, (575) 737-0777, (888) 946-8267,www.taosmountaincasino.com.
The pueblo is located 2.6 miles (4.2 km.) north of the Taos Plaza and is open to visitors most of the year, but closes every spring for eight weeks for ceremonial purposes, so please call ahead. The pueblo levies admission, parking and photography and videography fees. Any sketching, painting or commercial photography requires advance written approval. Photographs and recording are prohibited at religious ceremonies.
Unique Attractions: Annual Pow-Wow and Taos Pueblo Buffalo Herd (photography allowed), Taos Mountain Casino
Nearby Locations: Angel Fire, Blue Lake Wilderness, Moreno Valley Ranch, Rancho de Taos, Taos
Taos Pueblo is open daily but closes for ceremonial purposes. San Gerónimo Feast Day on Sept. 30 is the largest event of the year. However, cameras and recording devices are not allowed at any religious ceremonies open to the public. Signs mark houses around the plaza that sell arts and crafts.
Respect the off-limits signs and don't climb the ladders to the rooftops.
Alcohol is not allowed on the reservation.
The Pueblo is open daily to visitors most of the year, but closes every early spring for eight weeks, so please call ahead.
The pueblo charges admission, parking and camera fees. Admission: $10 adults and groups (three or more adults) $8, students (13-college) $5, children under 12 free. Photography: still camera $5, video $5. Any sketching, painting or commercial photography requires advance written approval.
Taos Pueblo is located 2.5 miles north of the Taos Plaza.