The multi-storied adobe buildings that make up Taos Pueblo have been in continuous use for more than a thousand years—as they are today by the 150 Pueblo residents who live here. Taos Pueblo is an ancient Native culture, but it’s also a living one. Tribal members lead tours of the Pueblo every 20 minutes, allowing visitors the opportunity to meet tribal members and artisans (who make pottery, jewelry, and other items) today. It boasts dual accolades of being both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark—the only living Native American community to carry both distinctions. When visiting, carefully note and follow the guidelines around photography, sketching, and recording. Only enter spaces marked as shops; avoid entering private homes unless welcomed, and ceremonial kivas.
Taos Pueblo is welcoming to visitors throughout the year, but attending the pueblo’s feast days (held in honor of the village’s patron saint) and ceremonial dances, about eight times a year, are especially colorful times to visit. September 30 marks San Geronimo feast day, which the pueblo celebrates with food, traditional dances and clowns, a pole climb, and other festivities. Each July, the Pueblo hosts the Taos Pueblo Powwow, a three-day competition powwow that draws Native peoples from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.