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Other New Mexico Pueblos

In addition to the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, New Mexico is home to 11 other pueblos located around the state. Read about fascinating past and vibrant contemporary cultures of these pueblos in this section. You'll also find locations, contact information and links to websites for those pueblos that offer them.


acoma puebloAcoma Pueblo
"People of the White Rock"

Known as Sky City because its residents live on a 370-foot high sandstone mesa, Acoma Pueblo was established 2,000 years ago, making it the oldest continuously inhabited community in the U.S. The pueblo and its famous San Esteban del Rey Mission, which dates to 1640, are Registered National Historical Landmarks.

Acoma's distinctive thin-walled pottery is famous, and artists continue to make pieces and sell them at the pueblo. Visitors can learn about this art form as well as Acoma traditions and culture at the Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum and by taking a guided pueblo tour led by Acoma Pueblo residents. The pueblo operates a hotel and casino. Annual events include the St. Esteban Feast Day honoring the pueblo's patron saint on Sept. 2.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 60 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40 at Exit 102, then 16 miles south.
(505) 552-7860/(800) 747-0181
Acoma Pueblo website


Cochiti Pueblo

Cochiti Pueblo spreads across more than 53,000 acres that includes the Rio Grande, recreational Cochiti Lake and a top-rated golf course. The popular and eerily beautiful Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, lies on Cochiti's western border.

The pueblo is well known for its whimsical figurines known as storytellers figurines, first created by Cochiti Pueblo artist Helen Cordero in 1964 . Ceremonial drums with deep, rich tones are another celebrated tradition here, and they're played during the pueblo's annual St. Bonaventure Feast Day on July 14.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 22 miles southwest of Santa Fe on I-25 then 14 miles north on N.M. 16.
(505) 465-2244
Cochiti Pueblo website


Isleta Pueblo
"The Little Island"

cactus2Located in the Rio Grande Valley, Isleta Pueblo was established in the 1300s, and its formidable St. Augustine Mission Church was completed in 1612. Because of a dispute among its residents in the 1800s, a satellite community, Oraibe, was formed and then another, Chicale, was created. Today, the pueblo consists of these two smaller communities and the main pueblo, Isleta.

Isleta artists recently revived the pueblo's jewelry and pottery traditions. The pueblo also has a 27-hole championship golf course, casino and year-round Isleta Lakes Recreational Complex. Annual events include the annual St. Augustine Feast Day on Aug. 28.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 13 miles south of Albuquerque via I-25 to Exit 215, then a five-minute drive.
(505) 869-3111
Isleta Pueblo website


Jemez Pueblo

Located at the gateway to the Cañon de San Deigo Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway, Jemez Pueblo was established in the late 13th century when pueblo ancestors relocated from the Four Corners region. By the time the Spanish arrived at the pueblo in 1541, the Jemez Nation was one of the largest pueblo settlements in the area in this area. The culture diversified in 1838, when survivors of the destroyed Pecos Pueblo resettled at Jemez Pueblo.

Today, the pueblo is closed to visitors except during feast days. But the Walatowa Visitor Center is open year-round, offering cultural and photography exhibits and a gift shop selling contemporary pottery and other works by Jemez Pueblo artists. Annual events include the St. Persingula Feast Day on Aug. 2 and the annual Red Rocks Arts & Crafts Show on Memorial Day weekend.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 50 miles northwest of Albuquerque on N.M. 4.
(505) 834-7235
Jemez Pueblo website


Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Situated near ancient turquoise mines in Cerrillos, Kewa Pueblo is home to one of the most famous tribes in the Southwest, celebrated for producing fine quality silver and turquoise jewelry. Roadside stands where artists sell their pottery and jewelry are popular with visitors, as is the annual Arts & Crafts Market held Labor Day Weekend, which features artists, dances and food booths. Visit the museum and cultural center to learn about the pueblo's rich history and culture.

Kewa Pueblo's annual feast day on August 4, honoring its patron saint, St. Dominic, draws more than 2,000 participants in the ceremonial Corn Dance.

Starting March 22, 2010 The New Mexico Rail Runner will stop at a new train station located on Kewa Pueblo, making it easy to visit this well-known pueblo.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 25 miles south of Santa Fe at Exit 259, then 4 miles north on N.M. 22 and west 1 mile on a local road.
(505) 465-2214
Kewa Pueblo on Facebook


Laguna Pueblo

potter paintingWhen the Spanish encountered Laguna Pueblo in the 1500s, its residents, who had lived on these lands since at least 1300, had established advanced agricultural techniques as well as rules for governing the pueblo. But evidence exists that the land was occupied as early as 3,000 B.C., leading scholars to speculate that Laguna may have been a boundary between the north, where Ancestral People dwelled, and the south, where the Mogollan cultures lived.

Today, the large pueblo is divided into six villages, and each holds its own feast day. All the villages come together on Sept. 19 to celebrate the annual Feast Day of St. Joseph with dances following a mass at the San Jose Mission Church, completed in 1699, and pueblo artists selling their pottery, jewelry and other arts and crafts.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 45 miles west of Albuquerque off I-40.
(505) 552-6654
Laguna Pueblo website


San Felipe Pueblo

Established between the banks of the Rio Grande and the Black Mesa, San Felipe Pueblo was named by the Spanish in 1591 after a Jesuit martyr who died in Japan. Residents today are dedicated to preserving their past, particularly their language and dances. The pueblo's annual Feast Day of San Felipe on May 1 includes a traditional Green Corn Dance that is acclaimed for its beauty and, by the end of the day, has worn the plaza down into a giant bowl. San Felipe artists are known for their pottery, silverwork and embroidery, which is sold during the pueblo's annual arts and craft show in October. The pueblo also operates a casino and motor sports track.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 30 miles south of Santa Fe off I-25.
San Felipe Pueblo casino web/site


Sandia Pueblo
Tuf Shur Tia
"Green Reed Place"

The Sandia Pueblo people established their community in the 1300s, settling in a lush valley ideal for farming located between the banks of the Rio Grande and the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Sandia was a large, thriving community when the Spanish arrived in 1539. Upon viewing the sunset turning the mountains a vivid red, the Spanish named the pueblo "sandia," the Spanish word for watermelon. During the Pueblo Revolt, the Sandians fled to Hopi lands in Arizona. they returned in 1742, they rebuilt their ruined village.

Today, Sandia Pueblo operates the Bien Mur Indian Market Center, one of the Southwest's largest Native-American owned stores, as well as a casino, a buffalo preserve and Sandia Lakes, a recreational area.

Directions and Contact Info
Located just north of Albuquerque at Exit 135 off I-25.
(505) 867-3317
Sandia Pueblo website


Santa Ana Pueblo

corn fieldAncestors of the Santa Ana Pueblo people called their community Tamaya before submitting to Spanish rule in 1598, when the Spanish renamed the village after its patron saint. During the Spanish re-conquest following the Pueblo Revolt, Santa Ana residents were forced to flee to the Jemez Mountains and nearby Black Mesa. They returned to their present location in 1693, and began to expand their land for farming.

Today the pueblo operates a casino, golf club, resort and spa as well as a nursery, an agricultural enterprise that sells blue corn, and a crafts association. Annual events include the Santa Ana Feast Day on July 26.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 15 minutes north of Albuquerque at Exit 242 off I-25, then two miles west near the intersection of U.S. 550 and N.M. 528.
(505) 867-3301
Santa Ana Pueblo website


Zia Pueblo

Zia Pueblo, located near the Zia River, is most famous for having created the Zia sun symbol, featuring the image of a central sun with rays representing the traditional four directions. The symbol decorates the New Mexico state flag and is a major motif in Zia's celebrated geometric pottery, which also features animal and plant symbols.

Visitors can purchase Zia pottery as well as paintings, sculpture, weaving and more at the Zia Cultural Center and enjoy fishing at nearby Zia Lake. Annual events include Our Lady of the Assumption Feast Day on Aug. 1.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 8 miles northwest of Santa Ana Pueblo on U.S. 550
(505) 867-3304


zunisZuni Pueblo

With a population exceeding 12,000, Zuni Pueblo is the largest of New Mexico's 19 pueblos. When the Spanish arrived at this pueblo in 1539, seeking the Cities of Gold, six villages occupied the Zuni Valley. Following the Spanish re-conquest after the Pueblo Revolt, the six villages were consolidated into one, which became known as Zuni Pueblo.

Today, Zuni Pueblo is world-renowned for its stone fetishes, inlay silver jewelry and pottery, Visitors can learn more about Zuni culture and traditions at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center. Our Lady of Guadalupe mission church, which dates to 1629, contains life-size murals of kachinas. Annual events include the Zuni Fall Festival & Arts Market in early October.

Directions and Contact Info
Located 35 miles south of Gallup on N.M. 53.
(505) 782-7238
Zuni Pueblo website


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