American Indian Trails of the West

New Mexico’s Pueblo Trail
From Albuquerque to Taos, visitors will enjoy the diversity of pueblo history.

Take sand, clay and water. Mix together. Add a fibrous material like sticks, straw or even manure. Shape into bricks. Dry in the sun.

That’s the recipe for the magical sun-dried adobe bricks that have created the pueblos of America’s Southwest. Pueblo people today live primarily in New Mexico, mostly along the Rio Grande Valley. At one time the pueblo people’s homeland reached into Colorado and Arizona.

Symbols of endurance and antiquity, pueblos have a history that stretches back for centuries. Taos Pueblo in northern New Mexico has been continuously occupied for a thousand years. Today it has the largest surviving multi-storied pueblo structures in the United States. The two structures are home to approximately 150 people who live in them full-time. Another 1,900 Taos Pueblo people live on pueblo lands.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque serves all 19 New Mexico pueblos. An American Indian wonderland of murals, art offerings and creative architecture comprise the center. Our Land, Our Culture, Our Story features a historical overview of the pueblo world. Other exhibits highlight original artwork and craftsmanship from each of New Mexico’s l9 pueblos.

Hungry? The Pueblo Harvest Café at the center offers Laguna kale chicken, chicken Nambe rellenos, and Santa Ana enchiladas!

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