Taos Pueblo

Top choice indian reservation in Central New Mexico

The Pueblo is centered on twin five-story adobe complexes, set either side of the Río Pueblo de Taos, against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristos mountains. The quintessential example of ancient Pueblo architecture, they’re thought to have been completed by around 1450 AD. Modern visitors are thus confronted by the same staggering spectacle as New Mexico’s earliest Spanish explorers, though a small and very picturesque Catholic mission church now stands nearby.

Residents lead guided walking tours of the Pueblo (by donation) and explain some of the history. You'll also have the chance to buy fine jewelry, pottery and other arts and crafts, and sample flatbread baked in traditional beehive-shaped adobe ovens. Note that the Pueblo closes for 10 weeks around February through April, and at other times for ceremonies and events; call ahead or check the website for dates.