We offer guided tours year round. Our tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and run every 20 minutes on the hour. The tour is optional but highly recommended. Tours touch on the highlights of the culture, history and people. Tours last from 20 – 30 minutes, our guides take you to areas of significance in the village. Our tour guides do not work on an hourly wage and solely rely on the gratuity of our visitors. Our guides are also college students who greatly appreciate your help and what you are able to give. For private tours and large tour groups please call or email the tourism office to book your tour.
Feast days were introduced by the Spanish colonization and represent the celebration of the Patron Saints of the Catholic religion (see our Event Calendar) Feast Days also coincide with our traditional Pueblo religion which allows the people of our community to practice both the Catholic and Pueblo Religion. A typical Feast Day is a day of eating, visiting with family, friends and enjoying the traditional dances that are allowed to public spectators. Feast days are an integral part of the Pueblo culture and we enjoy sharing these days with our visitors and friends.
Here are a few clothing recommendations when visiting Taos Pueblo. Keep in mind we are somewhat located off the beaten path, comfortable shoes are a must. Whether you choose to wear; sneakers, hiking boots, flats or sandals, the visit is a walking tour and we want you to be comfortable. Taos Pueblo does enjoy all four seasons. A light jacket and dressing in layers is always a good choice, we do live in a high desert climate and the weather can sometimes be unpredictable.
Dogs are allowed at the Pueblo; however we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge when you bring your pet the Tribe holds no responsibility in what may happen between you, your dog and our Pueblo dogs also known as “rez mutts”. Our wild lovable dogs are often strays; they are a bit overly friendly and sometimes too aggressive. We ask that you bring your animals on a leash and please do not feed the “rez mutts”. It is very hard to resist the temptation to help them, but sometimes these dogs are happily owned and are just making their rounds in the village seeing what they can collect. You and any accompanying children are welcome to play with our dogs, but please, at your own risk.
Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico. .
Taos Pueblo is also known for the shops and galleries found inside the actual Pueblo. Each shop is owned by tribal members. The individual families are able to benefit from the tourism industry by selling their handmade and hand crafted arts and crafts to the visitors. For generations some families have been able to provide for their families through this resource.
Taos Pueblo has been charging to come into the community since the 1920’s. In the early 1900’s the Taos area was seeing and feeling a large number of visitors. Artisans, Anthropologists, writers, and entrepreneurs of the sort were intrigued with the unique sense of the Taos valley. Many say they were brought here by some unforeseen force or they knew they had to come here. The explorers who came into the area were very interested in the Pueblo Indian way of life.