Albuquerque Area Pueblos &Tribal Groups: Acoma & Cochiti
Fifty miles west of Albuquerque,
Acoma Pueblo is impressively situated atop a 365-foot
sandstone mesa. Although most present-day Acomas have
residences in nearby villages, "Sky City" has several
families still occupying the old homes on the mesa.
The delicately decorated pottery of Acoma is among
the most prized of Indian crafts. Many fine pieces
are for sale in the Visitors Center at the base of
the mesa, which also houses a museum, a restaurant
and the information center where tours of the pueblo
are arranged. Visitors may attend several festivals
during the year at the pueblo. Guided hikes are available.
Tribal operated gaming is available at Sky City Casino.
The pueblo also has the Sky City Hotel and Conference Center.
Location: Acoma NM 87034
Cochiti Pueblo is midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The Storyteller, a seated adult with a number of children
sitting around her, is one of the most popular pieces of
Cochiti Pueblo pottery. Many Cochiti artists also work in
watercolors, ink and oil paint. Cochiti is well-known for
its handcrafted, double-headed drums
(drums play a significant role in pueblo ceremonials).
Cochiti Lake offers fishing, sailing, swimming and other
water sports. Cochiti Lake Golf Course
is ranked among the top 25 courses in the US.
Location: Cochiti Pueblo NM 87072
Acoma Pueblo sits atop a 376 ft mesa overlooking the desert. Acoma is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States.