DescriptionAbout 30 miles south of Gallup via SRs 602 and 53, Zuni is the only surviving settlement of the Seven Cities of Cíbola sought by Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in his quest for gold. Today it is among the largest of New Mexico's inhabited pueblos.
Zuni artisans are master carvers renowned for such techniques as jewelry inlaid with silver and turquoise, finely cut turquoise needlepoint work and carved animal fetishes. Ancient rites and traditions are still honored, and ceremonial dances are held at the pueblo throughout the year.
Photography, filming, sketching and hiking within the pueblo are allowed by permit only; permits must be obtained from the Zuni visitor center. For information about permits as well as guided walking tours phone (505) 782-7238. Additional information is available at the Zuni A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, 02E Ojo Caliente Rd., Zuni, NM 87327; phone (505) 782-4403.