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Taos Pueblo, Taos

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Taos Pueblo represents the ancient tribe of the Taos people. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the United States. This World Heritage Site is internationally recognized for its multi-storied residential pueblos and the residents' private lifestyle. The tribe welcomes visitors in its public places, but asks visitors to respect its culture. For example, do not take photos of the tribal residents and inside the San Geronimo Chapel. Shops and businesses open to the public are clearly marked with signs. The stream that runs through the village is the community's sole source of drinking water, so do not enter the water. To visit Taos Pueblo on your holiday in Taos, and find out what else Taos has to offer, use our Taos trip planner .
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  • My favorite time are the special ceremonies on Christmas Eve. It is unbelievable. The Pueblo was first discovered by Spanish Explorers in 1540 but when was it first build by the pueblo people...who kn...  more »
  • I was expecting something more, perhaps because of all the publicity and the readings made. The Pueblo is characteristic, we went sightseeing in Taos and suggest you go there without too many expectations. The entrance is free of charge, $16 maybe are a bit too many. You can walk quietly to the Pueblo or follow a guide from the main indications of places to visit (there's one every half hour). The homes accessible to visitors are few, inside there is a small shop and sell pancakes made at the time (a bit expensive). Some souvenir photos is a must, beware of dogs that run free and come closer.
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  • This morning we drove to the Taos Pueblo & arrived just past 9. Free parking available. Cost is $16 per adult to enter the site. We took a free walking tour that met at the church courtyard. Our guide...  more »
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  • It's worth the visit and definitely go on the tour. It's short but informative. This can easily be a 4 star review if: - Have the tour guide get people directly in front when speaking and not a semi-circle. When you're panning left to right, people can't​ hear you. It's either the left or the right side that can hear you. As a result, we only understood 60% of the tour. - Have the locals park their cars in the parking lot and not IN the museum. Also, remove the tarp and trash lying around in the river and whatnot. It really detracts from the image that you're trying to project.
  • Access involved a couple of miles of dirt road but it was worth drive and the $14 entry fee. We took the 30 minute guided tour (free but voluntary gratuity) and our young guide Alfred gave us a very informative and honest rundown of the history and lifestyle of the Taos Pueblo Indians. It was easy to get around and very interesting with some great photo opportunities.
  • Although I appreciate and enjoy visiting historic landmarks I was very disappointed with my visit. I value and respect the history of the Tiwa people so I felt like this experience did not nearly represent their history and the history of the pueblo at this landmark. In previous landmark experiences throughout the world I've always experienced a rich and strong delivery of the history that I've felt energy and a connection with with the place and people and at Taos Pueblo all I felt was a staged money making site. It was very basic, not as informative as I expected. $60 for two adults and two students visiting the site. There was a optional tour that was about 10 minutes (basic information you can read online) and our tour guide didn't fail to remind us several times that she accepted gratuity which would be so irrelevant to the tour so that was awkward. The extent of the tour was going inside a church for about 2 min and walking a couple of yards to four points of interest. There were very few "homes" open to the public which were strictly shops with obviously no home feeling to them. If you browse through the pictures shared online you literally have about just experienced this landmark. I have seen historic adobe buildings very similar to these in Mexico and in El Paso, Texas with families still living in them 100% of the time. Definitely nothing impressive or something you can't see anywhere else and free for that matter. The high road and the low road to Taos was a bit stressful but enjoyable and worth the drive. I always encourage people to visit landmarks but I personally wouldn't visit this particular landmark again.
  • An authentic, living native American community. Many sections of the structure are closed to the public, which is a bummer. Many dogs roaming around freely. A river runs through the village which is beautiful. I like that the whole place is not too commercialized. Only a few little shops.
  • Respect these people and their lands. If you're coming to New Mexico for a vacation you've gotta come here. Don't be in a hurry. Take your time. Enjoy life and smell the flowers. Very cool!!

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Where to stay in Taos

Taos offers a wealth of accommodations right in town and in the surrounding area. Plenty of small inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels lie in and around the business district, but your options greatly expand when you consider renting a small house or an apartment. Where you stay depends on what you come for. If you want to use Taos as a base for seeing local sites, opt for accommodation within the city limits. If you plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, the Valdez and Arroyo Seco areas are convenient. Staying between these areas and downtown puts you close to the Taos Pueblo Indian Lands.
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