The Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico is the oldest continuously occupied structure on the continent. Dating back to a.d. 1000, its adobe walls today house about 150 Taos Native Americans who maintain the ancient traditions of their ancestors. The Pueblo is not a historical artifact or a re-creation; it is an actual town that offers a fascinating introduction to Native American life.
The Pueblo's distinctive style has influenced much of the region's architecture. It consists of two long, multistory adobe structures, one on each side of a freshwater creek. Explore on your own or take an escorted tour that recounts the Pueblo's history, which includes occupation by Spanish conquistadors in 1540 and by Franciscan friars in the 1590s.
There's more family fun to be had in the Taos area. You can choose among rafting trips on the Rio Grande, llama treks, and horseback riding. In the town of Taos, stop by the Kit Carson Home and Museum to learn more about this legendary scout and adventurer of the Southwest.
If you're planning a trip to Taos Pueblo, you'll also want to visit the Carlsbad Caverns. Continue to the next page to find out more about Carlsbad.
Taos Pueblo Information
Address: Off US Rte. 64 and NM-68
Telephone: 505/758-1028, 800-732-TAOS
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., daily
Admission: $10 adults; kids free
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