Taos, Tesuque &Zia - Albuquerque Area Pueblos
The Pueblo at Taos is one of New
Mexico's most authentic examples of
pueblo architecture and tradition. The
pueblo's renowned multistory apartment houses
and famous church, can be reached via NM-68 north
from Española, through the town of Taos. Taos Pueblo,
with Mount Wheeler-the highest mountain of New Mexico as its backdrop,
is known for its prime scenery, farmland and hunting.
Taos is also known for the drum-making and leather work
of its artisans, and its fine dancers who are admired widely.
Visitors are welcome. Tribal operated gaming is available at Taos Mountain Casino.
Location: Taos NM 87571
Tesuque Pueblo, about 10 miles north
of the city of Santa Fe, off US 84/285,
is thought to have been established prior
to 1200 A.D. Pueblo artists specialize in
brightly colored pottery based on traditional
designs and modeled figurines, decorated with
ively designs, which are widely collected by
pueblo art aficionados. The most popular Tesuque dances:
the Harvest, Deer and Buffalo, are held in winter.
Gaming is available at Camel Rock Casino.
Location: Santa Fe NM 87506
Zia Pueblo blends into the landscape
atop its rocky knoll, 18 miles northwest
of Bernalillo on NM-550, where it has been located-almost
invisibly-since 1300 A.D. The Zia sun symbol is familiar as it
has been adopted by New Mexico as the official state insignia
and appears on the state flag. The pueblo is small, but it has
produced beautiful, traditional works of art. The Zia have long
been known as creators of excellent, well-fired pottery with
artistic decorations in brown or black (often utilizing a bird motif).
Some Zia painters have achieved recognition for their fine watercolors.
Location: 135 Capital Square Dr
Zia Pueblo NM 87053-6013
The Pueblo at Taos is one of New Mexico's most authentic examples of pueblo architecture and tradition