AAA Editor Notes
Taos Pueblo is 2 mi. n. of the plaza via Paseo del Pueblo Norte, then about half a mile n. on the entrance road to the parking/registration area. Located at the base of Taos Mountain, this is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America.
Stepping onto pueblo land is like taking a big step backward in time. Buildings are constructed entirely of adobe; roofs are supported by vigas (large wood timbers). The only modern additions are simple doors and windows. The two largest structures are composed of individual dwellings with common walls but no connecting doorways. About 150 Taos Indians choose to live in the sacred village as their ancestors did, without conveniences like electricity or plumbing; drinking water comes from Red Willow Creek, which flows through the center of the pueblo.
A cemetery with primitive wood crosses contains a bell tower, all that remains of the original San Geronimo Church, erected in the early 17th century by Spanish priests overseeing Indian labor. The present church dates from 1850 and has a simple dignity; a central altar figure of the Virgin Mary also represents Mother Nature in the blend of Catholic and native religious iconography.
Registration is required to enter the pueblo. Visitors must heed all signs designating restricted access.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.