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.
The community decided to start charging ten cents to come into the village. This was the Pueblo’s first economic engine for the tribe. Tourism has grown into a much larger industry for the community, but the humble approach to this business venture is very much a simple arm of bringing funds into the community. Tourism now consists of a full department with employees and a full seven day operation. The benefits of opening the doors to our home have helped us tremendously. The difference is the time and the amount of people coming to our home. To help with the questions of what is this? And are these real Indians? The tribe decided to implement a tour guide component to the tourism department. The idea was to help give a better understanding of our community to the world that steps into our home.
The Tour Guide program has been in place since the 1970’s or so. This was a way for the community to provide support to their young people, which is still the concept today. At this time there were many young people venturing beyond the Pueblo community for school, trade school or just moving a new family to an urban area, with the incentive for better opportunity. Tour guiding helped with these ventures.
Today, the tour guide program is still used in this way to support the efforts of the young people. The goal is to help the students of the community. It also gives the community the opportunity to tell the story of our home to the world from our perspective. The history of the Pueblo is timeless and that is our connection to this beautiful place, why not share it? The tour guide program allows the visitor to interact with a community member and take a piece of our history to share with the world. When a visitor takes a tour they are able to ask questions and interact with the young adults of the community and get a perspective that they may not walk away with from reading a map.
Guided tours are offered daily from 9 am – 4 pm. Each guide takes you on a walking tour through the Pueblo and explains certain aspects of the community. Please be mindful there are certain parts to our way of life such as religion and culture that may not be shared with the public.