“A native American Pueblo 60 miles outside Albuquerque”
Acoma Pueblo is a Native American pueblo approximately sixty miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico in theUnited States. Three villages make up Acoma Pueblo: Sky City (Old Acoma), Acomita, and McCartys. The Acoma Pueblo tribe is a federally recognized tribal entity. The historical land of Acoma Pueblo totaled roughly 5 million acres; now only 10% of this land is in the hands of the community within the Acoma Indian Reservation. According to the 2010 United States Census, 4,989 people identified as Acoma. The Acoma have continuously occupied the area for more than 800 years, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. Acoma tribal traditions estimate that they have lived in the village for more than two thousand years.
This was a great visit, just west of Albuquerque, and a short drive off I-20. The visitor's center offers tours to the indian village at the top of the mesa, you can't walk and they don't allow you to drive - so call ahead for schedules. They have a nice gift shop (but it was closed when we were there), a cafe (some indian foods included), and Acoma artisan vendors selling their wares. The facility is lovely with a small museum and video that explains the evolution of Acoma in that area. They even have a small memorial to those Acoma who served in the US military. Lots of places for pictures of awesome landscape along the way - so bring the camera!!
Arrived at 3:40, the last tour of the day left at 3:30, so out of luck, nothing they could offer us. We went on our way, having seen nothing except the empty 10 mile stretch of blacktop to get there.
We really enjoyed our visit with our 17, 15, 13, and 10 year olds. Be sure to take the original path down the mesa when you are given the opportunity. Our oldest was a little upset that it was still occupied and was concerned about bothering the people who lived there. But, we were told that this their second home and most have another home several miles away. We did enjoy looking at many of the native artists goods.
Very interesting both culturally and historically.
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