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“Highlight of Christmas Season”
Review of Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo
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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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“Highlight of Christmas Season”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Christmas at Taos Pueblo was the reason for our visit to Taos. The Christmas Eve ceremonial dances, vespers, celebratory procession and bonfires did not disappoint. Fabulous experience.

The Taos Pueblo is open to the public for tours of the village on most days. Admission is $16 per adult.

However, the celebrations for Christmas Eve Day and Christmas are truly special. The Pueblo stops charging for Admission around 3pm on Christmas Eve Day and entrance to share the Christmas festivities is free and open to the public for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Get there early for reasonable parking for the events because parking is very limited. Those arriving late can walk up to 2 miles to participate in the Christmas Eve Parade and Bonfires.

Wonderful experience!

Visited December 2013
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“Simply beautiful”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We visited when there was snow and slush, and walking was challenging given the wet mud all around. That being said, the Pueblo itself is very beautiful. We had a guided tour by a native Indian who was very informative about details. Looked really spectacular by the evening light, and the snow cover was a bonus. A must see if in the area.

Visited November 2013
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“Step back in time”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

I'd called in advance to make sure they are open on Sunday even though their website says open daily, it doesn't hurt to confirm, but no one go back to me. We arrived mid-morning and they were thankfully open. Paid the $16 per person and got a map for a self guided walk. We didn't bother waiting for a tour (on the hour, every hour).

Came here one early morning and was surprised to see some visitors around. We've traveled around New Mexico for a week and there was hardly a crowd in any of the attractions we visited.

The traditional adobe homes do not have electricity or running water and is kept this way to highlight the traditional way of life. Pretty hardcore living this way if they truly still use it for daily living.

The dirt ground was wet with snow in some parts so make sure not to walk up the "embankment" of the stream unless you want mud to be encrusted to your shoes. The stream was frozen over in parts.

The village felt sleepy and quiet as you just wander and enter some rooms if they happen to be shops (which I counted to be about 5 or so that were open). Some stray dogs running around. No children playing. Too cold maybe or is the entire village's homes empty of residents and the entire village is left as a showcase?

One horno (oven) was being lit to bake traditional breads for the upcoming holiday celebration (Christmas). For the dancers we were told. We asked jokingly if we could try some and got a short response, "no."

You would think they would mention that a version is for sale over yonder in that house across the stream. We managed to find it ourselves. But I just thought they would help themselves and each other by referring business amongst the village if such things are sold. Each piece of bread, slice of pie or bag of cookies was $6, a bit steep but I'd like to think I'm contributing to the local economy.

As is with the silver jewelry we bought. It's nice to chat with the artisan at work. Prices were written on each piece individually. We didn't haggle as we weren't sure if this was done or accepted. (Can someone direct message me if they know the etiquette?)

The village is quite picturesque with the mountains in the background. If only one house was open for us to see what it looks like inside.

Visited December 2013
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“Memorable experience.”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Walking around and through the Pueblo was an wonderful and memorable experience. I highly recommend it to anyone in the area. It is a worthwhile destination in itself but there are other draws to the area as well. Beautiful mountain views and friendly residents. I enjoyed the architecture and the setting very much. It is a contemplative and special place.

Visited January 2013
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“What a Gem!”
Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I just went to Taos Pueblo this morning. what a lovely place! The pueblo is a national historic landmark for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US. We went on a short guided tour and afterward walked around on our own. As it was December, there wasn't much activity going on in the central plaza, but we were able to buy freshly baked flat bread, as well as some rustic pottery, made in the pueblo. Taos Pueblo is a wonderful experience, as you can see a different culture mostly living as they have done for hundreds of years. Well worth the short drive from Taos!

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