Picuris, Pojoaque & Sandia - Albuquerque Area Pueblos
Picuris Pueblo, often referred to as "Hidden Valley," is
located 25 miles southeast of Taos, near the town of Peñasco on NM-75. It is one of
the smallest pueblos. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the early 1540s,
its population was estimated between 2,000 to 3,000. Since the mid-1960s there
has been a revival of traditional religious activities. Picuris celebrates San
Lorenzo Feast Day in August of each year. Picuris potters are known for their
unornamented pottery, which has an interesting texture and a subtle glitter
from small chips of mica in the pottery clay. A museum houses artifacts, and
arts and crafts for purchase. A trout-stocked fishing lake, picnic area
and overnight campground are available, and the pueblo's archaeological
excavations can be visited.
Location: Peñasco NM 87553
Santa Fe NM 87501
Pojoaque Pueblo is located 15 scenic miles north of
Santa Fe on Highway 84-285. The Pojoaque Valley is
situated amid the spectacular landscape of Northern
New Mexico’s juniper and pinon tree hill tops, mesas
and mountains. The name Pojoaque is a Spanish version
of Po Suwae Geh, which means Water Drinking Place.
The people of Pojoaque have returned from near
extinction and have thus generated a multiplex
of tribally owned and operated enterprises all
while maintaining a traditional cultural base.
The Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Tribal Council established
the Poeh Museum and Cultural Center in 1988 as a permanent
tribally owned and operated mechanism for cultural preservation
and revitalization within the pueblo communities of the northern Rio
Grande Valley. The Center emphasizes arts and cultures of all
pueblo people with focus on the Tewa-speaking pueblos of Nambe,
Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara and Tesuque;
and the Tiwa-speaking pueblos of Picuris and Taos.
funds generated via the tribally owned Las Vegas gaming style
Cities of Gold Casino and Cities of Gold Hotel
have been used to create the Pojoaque Wellness Center that houses
a gym, pool, library, CHR Program, Senior Citizens Center and a Boys
and Girls Club for tribal and non-tribal members.
Also available are gas stations and convenience stores,
Towa Golf Course, True Value Hardware, Sports Bar
and Casino as well as numerous restaurants.
The pueblo's feast days are Dec. 11th and 12th and Jan. 6th.
Santa Fe NM 87501
Sandia Pueblo, located 14 miles
north of Albuquerque is visible
from I-25 but must be accessed off NM-313.
Sandia has been in existence at its present
site since as early as 1300 A.D. Pueblo land
elevations range from 5,000 ft in the Rio Grande
Valley to 8,200 ft in the foothills of the Sandia
Mountains and was one of the campsites of Coronado in 1541.
Visitors are welcome to Sandia Pueblo's annual feast day on June 13th.
The Pueblo owns and operates three enterprises: Sandia Lakes Recreation Area (505) 897-3971,
located 15 minutes from downtown Albuquerque, offering fishing, picnicking,
ature trails and a bait and tackle shop. Bien Mur Indian Market Center
(800)365-5400; www.bienmur.com, offers the highest quality of Indian
arts and crafts.
immediately north of Albuquerque and has been
deemed one of the most beautiful and spacious
gaming facilities in the Southwest. Las Vegas
style gaming, gift shop, buffet/fine dining, deli/coffee shop,
lounge, amphitheater, plus extraordinary views of the Sandia
Mountains all add to the fun and excitement of Sandia Casino.
Location: Bernalillo NM 87004