North Central Pueblos
Round Santa Fe are a number of settlements of Pueblo Indians, mostly descendants of the Indians who left the Frijoles Canyon in the 16th century. In these villages old traditions are still maintained, including ritual dances and artistic craft work. They tend to treat strangers with some reserve, and visitors should not photograph or film them except with express permission. Regard should always be had to the particular mentality and sensitivities of the Indians.There are 19 pueblos in New Mexico: Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, and Zuni.
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
2.5mi/4km northeast of Taos is Taos Pueblo, which has been continuously and exclusively occupied by Indians since the 12th century and has preserved its character as a pueblo in the purest form. Round the central plaza, through which flows a stream, are fortress-like houses in the oldest adobe style, but built only of clay and straw, without fired bricks. Particularly notable are the multi-story community houses, the kivas (cult sites) and the egg-shaped ovens. The Pueblo Indians who live here are still strongly attached to their traditions, and visitors are tolerated only during the day, and then mainly as sources of income.
Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
The inhabitants of Santo Domingo Pueblo (32mi/51km southwest of Santa Fe) hold fast to their traditions (particularly ritual dances) but also sell pottery, textiles and silver jewelry.Santo Domingo is the fifth largest of the 19 New Mexico pueblos.
Santo Domingo Mission Church
The Santo Domingo Pueblo Mission Church was completed in 1895, on the site of an earlier church destroyed in the Pueblo revolt.
Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Jemez Pueblo is a small Indian pueblo north of Albuquerque, at the gateway of Canon de San Diego. There are more than 3,000 tribal members who integrate their culture with modern society.
Walatowa Visitor Center
The Walatowa Visitor Center at Jemez Pueblo offers information about the pueblo and surrounding area. There is a small museum with historical photographs.
Dragon Fly Lake
There is good fishing at Dragon Fly Lake in Jemez Pueblo.
Holy Ghost Lake
There is good fishing at Holy Ghost Lake in Jemez Pueblo.
Pojoaque Pueblo, New Mexico
Pojoaque Pueblo near Espanola was abandoned from 1915 to 1932 after a smallpox outbreak nearly wiped out the tribe. It has since been rebuilt and now has a visitor center and museum.
Poeh Cultural Center and Museum
The Poeh Cultural Center and Museum puts on traditional dances on some weekends in the summer, and has a permanent collection of traditional Pueblo arts and crafts.
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
San Ildefonso Pueblo (22mi/35km northwest of Santa Fe), near Los Alamos, is one of the best known Indian villages, with a lively street market and a very interesting kiva (no admission).
San Ildefonso Pueblo Museum
The San Ildefonso Pueblo Museum exhibits contemporary and traditional pottery, paintings, and other artifacts, emphasizing San Ildefonso artifacts and historic items.
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Santa Ana Pueblo is located 12 miles northwest of Bernalillo. There is a mission church which dates to 1750, the Santa Ana golf course, and the Cooking Post offering Native cuisine.
Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
In Santa Clara Pueblo (27mi/43km NW of Santa Fe) interesting dances are performed around Christmas.Santa Clara is the second-largest of the six Tewa-speaking pueblos.
Puye Cliff Dwellings
The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ancestral home of the Santa Clara people. There are 740 rooms in the ruins. They were occupied by as many as 1500 people from the 1100s to about 1580.
Address: Box 398, Española, NM 87532-0580, United States
Opening hours: 8am-4:30pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Child 14 & under $4.00, Senior over 65 $4.00
Useful tips: Access to the ruin sites is by guided tour. Closed the week before Easter; June 13; August 12; and for the Christmas holiday.
Santa Clara Canyon
Santa Clara Canyon, in the Santa Clara Indian Pueblo, offers camping, fishing and picnicking.
Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico
Tesuque Pueblo is located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe.It was established in 1694 on the site of an earlier pueblo built in the 12th century.
Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico
A few miles north of Santa Fe is Nambe Pueblo, one of 19 Indian pueblos in New Mexico. The word Nambe means "people of the round earth" in the Tewa language.
Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico
The old Picuris Pueblo (55mi/89km northeast of Santa Fe), also known as San Lorenzo Pueblo, was built in the 13th century.
Picuris Pueblo Museum Center
The Picuris Pueblo Museum Center includes the historic pueblo ruins, mission church, scalp house, and several restored kivas. Displays include prehistoric artifacts, photographs and text of local historical interest, and the work of regional contemporary artists.
San Lorenzo de Picuris
San Lorenzo de Picuris is a mission church at Picuris Pueblo.
San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico
San Felipe Pueblo (34mi/55km southwest of Santa Fe) is one of the oldest settlements in a wide surrounding area; it too has skilled craft workers.
San Felipe Mission Church
The mission church at San Felipe Pueblo was completed in 1736 on the site of a previous church built in 1706.
San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico
The very picturesque San Juan Pueblo (28mi/45km northwest of Santa Fe) is noted for its skilled potters and woodcarvers.
Zia Pueblo, New Mexico
Zia Pueblo is located 20 miles northwest of Bernalillo off NM 44. There is a mission church established in 1706.