193 miles southwest of Taos; Drive time: 3:30 mins.; Elevation: 6,460 ft; Population: 2,802.
Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America.
The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. In 1629, construction began on the massive San Esteban del Rey Mission, a Catholic mission. Both the Mission and the Pueblo are Registered National Historical Landmarks.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Acoma Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery-making and tribal celebrations. Educational tours and cultural exhibits deeper understanding of the Acoma People.
Photo: Acoma artisans are renowned for their pottery.Visit the Acoma Pueblo website