In 1992, Taos Pueblo was admitted to the Heritage Society as one of the most significant historical cultural landmarks in the world — alongside landmarks suck as the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon. The land base is 99,000 acres with an elevation of 7,200 feet at the village.
Taos Pueblo’s rich cultural history makes for a memorable visit and is just a mile north of the town of Taos. As it has been inhabited for more than 1,000 years, Taos Pueblo is a special, sacred place.
For most people, the main attractions at Taos Pueblo are the ceremonial holiday traditions, of which there are no shortage during the winter season.
On Christmas Eve, the Pueblo observes the Procession of the Virgin Mary. During the event, the priest and acolytes are followed from San Geronimo Chapel by six men who carry a dais holding a statue of the Virgin Mary. During the procession, Native men fire rifles into the air to symbolically announce the birth of Jesus. Then, followed by musicians, dancers, and the general public, the procession makes its way around the courtyard and back into the church. The next day, on Christmas, Taos Pueblo holds either the Deer or Matachines Dance. This is soon followed on New Year’s Day by the Turtle Dance.
The Pueblo asks that there be no photography during these religious ceremonies.
Visitors can find gifts made at Taos Pueblo in curio shops scattered around the Pueblo. The tribe takes extra care to be certain that all crafts that are sold are Native-made. All sales are tax-free and the money goes directly to the shopkeeper or artist.
Taos Pueblo is generally open daily to the public, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except when tribal rituals require its closure. The Pueblo will be closed for about 10 weeks from late winter to early spring. If you plan to visit within this period, call (575) 758-1028.
Adults: $16 per person
Groups (8 or more Adults): $14 per person
Students: $14 per person
Children 10 and under: Free
Rules and Regulations:
- Please abide by “Restricted Area” signs.
- Do not enter doors/homes that are not clearly marked as curio shops.
- Do not photograph tribal members without permission.
- No photography within San Geronimo Church.
- Do not enter the abode walls surrounding the cemetery and old church ruins.
- Do not walk in the river.
- Do not take photographs on feast days.
- Any photography must be for personal use; all professional, commercial, and documentary photography, including artistic renderings, must have prior approval. Fees vary; inquire within tourism office.
Visit taospueblo.com for more information.