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Acoma, also known as Sky City, is a Native American pueblo in western New Mexico. It is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States (Oraibi on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona makes the same claim). It is located app. 60 miles west of Albuquerque, 6 miles south of Interstate-40.

The pueblo can only be visited by guided tours, leaving from the Sky City Cultural Center at the foot of the mesa. The tour includes a visit to the San Esteban Del Rey Mission church and several plazas, where local crafts people display their wares. Tours do not enter residences or kivas, traditional ceremonial centers. Although visitors must ascend the mesa via the tour's bus, you can descend by trail.

When I visited the guide stated "our name is pronounced "AK-oma because we are definitely awake and not in a coma."

Pueblo of Acma official site: http://www.puebloofacoma.org/

The Acoma people maintain a hotel and casino, the Sky City Casino (http://www.skycity.com/alpha.html) at the exit from Intersate-40.

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