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One of the primary attractions of New Mexico is its large and diverse collection of American Indian (or, if you prefer, Native American -- both terms are used in the state) pueblos, reservations, artwork, and of course, people. The 19 pueblos are spread across north central, central, and northwest New Mexico.
Many, but by no means all, of the pueblo communities welcome visitors, usually with some restrictions. Following are some tips if you're planning to see the sights of these communities:
Eight Northern Pueblos
Spread across North Central New Mexico, from north to south:
Located just outside the town of Taos and the only pueblo which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Taos is one of the most popular pueblos for tourists due to its strikingly well-preserved multi-story village which looks much the same as it has for hundreds of years.
The smallest of the pueblos population-wise, Picuris is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Taos and Española, near the small community of Peñasco.
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
Located just north of Española, Ohkay Owingeh (formerly known as San Juan Pueblo) is the headquarters of the Eight Northern Pueblos.
Santa Clara Pueblo
Just south of Española, Santa Clara is perhaps most well known for their unique black and red pottery.
San Ildefonso Pueblo
A short distance south of Española, San Ildefonso is most famous for being the home of Maria Martinez, known for her black-on-black pottery style which has become the norm for San Ildefonso potters.
At Pojoaque you won't find any historic structures due to the pueblo's troubled history, having been abandoned and reestablished a few times since the arrival of Europeans. Pojoaque is more of a stop-over between Santa Fe and Española these days, with a casino, resort, and truck stop.
Just east of Pojoaque, Nambe is a small village without any major attractions for the average visitor.
A short distance north of Santa Fe, Tesuque is a small pueblo most well known for being the home of Camel Rock, an unusual rock formation along the road between Santa Fe and Española which, from certain angles, does indeed look like a camel. Just across the road is the pueblo's Camel Rock Casino.
Central New Mexico Pueblos
Roughly from north to south:
South of Santa Fe, Cochiti is the home of Cochiti Lake and administers the nearby Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, a scenic park with some lovely geologic formations.
Santo Domingo Pueblo
Just south of Cochiti, Santo Domingo is a very scenic village.
San Felipe Pueblo
Along I-25 between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, San Felipe is a small village which also runs a casino on I-25.
Santa Ana Pueblo
Just outside the village of Bernalillo, Santa Ana Pueblo operates a casino and a luxury resort.
Northeast of Bernalillo, Zia doesn't have much for the tourist but is well known across New Mexico because of the Zia Sun Symbol, which is on the New Mexico state flag.
Northeast of Bernalillo and near the Jemez Mountains.
Just north of Albuquerque, Sandia runs the Sandia Casino and the Bien Mur Indian Market Center.
Located south of Albuquerque, Isleta is a scenic village and runs the Isleta Casino.
Northwest New Mexico Pueblos
From east to west:
East of Grants, Laguna is a small pueblo that is a little off the beaten path.
East of Grants, Acoma is a striking and very historic village, located atop a tall mesa. Much like Taos, Acoma village has changed little over hundreds of years and could be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States (a title which is also claimed by Hopi Pueblo in Arizona).
Located south of Gallup, Zuni is a large and historic pueblo.