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“A living UNESCO World Heritage site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo
120 Veterans Highway, Taos, NM 87571
575 758 1028
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Ranked #12 of 36 Attractions in Taos
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Reservations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico.Taos Pueblo Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:00pm.Guided Tours available daily starting at 9:00 am.Pueblo Shops open daily.Taos Pueblo is expected to be open for the winter season. Any closures would be due to unexpected events within the community and will be posted on our official website.
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“A living UNESCO World Heritage site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

We visited on the strength of published guidebooks and the UNESCO World Heritage site status. This is indeed an interesting, unusual attraction. The high point - the multi-story pueblo buildings are built and maintained (using subsidies from UNESCO) in the exact same way they were centuries ago. Some of the one-story buildings are mostly authentic, but might have (for example) tar-paper roofs to reduce maintenance. None of the buildings have electricity or running water.

Quite a few of the buildings have jewelry, craft, or food shops in them, usually with the maker of the goods behind the table. These locations also do not have electricity or running water, but skylights provide enough light to examine what's for sale. There's a small river running through the adobe village, with sturdy bridges across it. However, the bridges and the embankment are not fenced, so you'll have to watch your smaller children carefully. It can be dusty, sunny, and windy here.

This was the most worthwhile "Pueblo" visit we made in northern New Mexico. But the price of authenticity was a hint of squalor. I don't mean to be unfair to the decision of these tribal people to maintain a living museum of their historical way of life. But you might feel awkward if you were to imagine an Appalachian "holler" where a decision was made to keep electricity and plumbing out, and have people live there full-time, while giving dulcimer concerts and selling handmade goods. Please don't let me talk you out of visiting - this project needs your money. I just want to give the whole picture.

The optional guided tour was informative and good. The guides work only for tips, so I gave ours $5. Her description of her own life was helpful, having been given a choice when she became a teenager to stay in the historic pueblo, or move to a modern tribal area. She also gave a detailed description of the Federal confiscation of their vast tribal lands, and the restoration to them of the most important, sacred Blue Lake section by Ronald Regan.

Besides admission, we also paid to park and for a camera permit tag. We were there on a regular kind of day, so there were no crowds, no outside vendors, and no performances. We were free to walk around without an escort. But we were told (quite reasonably) not to walk into open doorways that did not have an invitation sign. They are private residences.

Visited November 2011
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“World Heritage Site - New Mexico Native Indian Village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

Access the pueblo site is $10 and there is a fee per camera and since I think my pics are as good as any postcards its worth the fee. Wear flat walking shoes as the site is as dusty as pictured and occasional winds can stir up minor dust storms. Dress is very casual.

" Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years."

It is important to remember that this site is in fact a neighborhood of people who live on the site, therefor it is not unusual to see people working on the buildings, sitting near the Kivas talking and just milling about. And no I don't think its cool to take pictures of strangers without asking, even when you go into the shops, ask before you start snapping away.
To be clear the site is set up to make money so the vendors do peddle their wares and the prices can be a bit steep for "authentic" Indian made items. Authentic is in quotes because some of the pottery items are replicas are via China so be sure to ck before you buy. It was an interesting visit.

Visited October 2011
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“a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

while visiting Taos and shopping one afternoon a shop owner told us if we do nothing else, we must visit the Pueblo for Christmas Eve. We did and she was right in her description, this is a celebration that is so worth your time.

Visited December 2011
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“A wonder to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

We live in Taos and always look forward to activities at the Pueblo. The feast days, special dances, powwows and special events (do NOT miss Christmas at the Pueblo!!) are all unique, beautiful and touching....all with the backdrop of gorgeous Taos Mountain, the Rio Pueblo stream meandering its way through the grounds and the beautiful adobe structures with touches of blue on the doors/windows. The shops provide a wide range of handmade Native items sure to please. Some of the shops offer native foods. I recommend you try it all and check out all the pueblo has to offer. You will NOT be disappointed. Also, if you like to gamble, but hate the cigarette smoke so prevalent in all the casinos, be sure to visit the Taos Pueblo Casino....the entire facility is smoke-free and don't forget to check out the restaurant, too!

Visited December 2011
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“Doesn't compare to Indigenous sites in Mexico”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

Having visited many Mayan and Aztec ruins (Templo Mayor, Teotihuacan, Palenque, Calakmul, Xochicalco, Malinalco, Chichen Iztá, and many more), it was interesting to see how small Taos Pueblo was. While old and interesting, it was definitely far from the main civilization in pre-western times.

Visited December 2011
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