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the incredible setting of the Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo is a 1000 year old development where there have been continually living inhabitants of the original people. Some of the buildings in the complex date back close to inception and the incredible adobe craftsmanship is well set off in a beautiful valley with mountains surrounding. It's certainly understandable why they settled here and have not left. To be honest, I had never heard of it prior to coming to Taos and was a bit put off by the $10 entrance fee which did not include being permitted to take photos. That privilege was an additional $5. This was the first of our realizations that not all things are included with the National Parks Pass. In actuality, most of the Native American sites are not part of the pass aside from Mesa Verde in Colorado and Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. There are many arguments that could be made on either side but suffice it say when you are traveling on a budget you look for what you can that is free. Sometimes you might even pass on something with an entrance fee and this came close to being one of those times.
On our first pass, the weather was less than stellar and we didn't like the way we were treated at the entrance. I've had unpleasant visits to Native American parks before and I didn't want to waste precious funds. But early the next morning we returned in perfect light and found it to be one of the nicer run Native parks of all we visited on the trip. Everyone was very courteous and willing to explain things to us, and aside from the camera charge, no hidden charges or things that seemed out of line.
Directions: Taos Pueblo is just north of the city center.
the amazing tiered adobe dwellings
It is a beautiful development and if you go early, offers great photographic opportunities. There is no graffiti and it is a very clean and well kept town. The local people go about their lives with minimal concessions to modernity. No electricity or running water is allowed. Yet, they not play up to the tourist dollar by dressing in traditional garb either. The San Geronimo Chapel and cemetery, in particular, are quite stunning. The tiered adobe dwellings are as impressive as anything in the more famous Native parks like Canyon de Chelly or Mesa Verde. One of the most interesting things is that there were no doorways as they entered the living spaces from above so used ladders to gain access. Clay ovens called hornos are scattered about and is where they still bake their bread. It is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a National Historic Landmark.
a gathering places for centuries
The Taos Plaza has been the focal point of the town for over two centuries. Though the shops may have changed, the architect probably doesn't look all that much and one can just about imagine Kit Carson strolling around. In fact, the Plaza is the first ever to fly the US flag twenty four hours a day. Southern sympathizers had vandalized the flag but Kit and his comrades decided to nail it to a cottonwood and said they'd shoot anyone trying to deface it. Later, the city was granted permission to fly the flag around the clock due to their protecting it so fiercely. Now, it's a nice place to sit especially in the morning before the crowds arrive.
Directions: The central square.
Kit Carson House
Kit Carson is a bit of a mythical figure “out West” as a mountain man, extraordinary hunter, and trapper. This small museum is housed in his Taos home and gives a glimpse into his life as a frontiersman. The old style brick oven in the courtyard conjures another time.
Directions: Just off the Taos Plaza. This is one tough town to get lost in.
the red hued adobe set off against a blue sky
One of Taos great highlights is the San Francisco de Asis Church, located just on the edge of town in Ranchos de Taos. Built between 1772 and 1816 in a pre-Southwestern style that mixes Spanish and Native American Adobe elements perfectly. The area around the church is very photogenic as well so allow some time to fully appreciate.
Directions: Just south of town on the main highway (68).
the building itself is a work of art
The Harwood Museum serves as the premier venue for documenting the town's long and illustrious history as an artistic Mecca. In the early 20th century, artists flocked to the simple life of Taos, with its natural setting and close proximity to Native American life. The Harwoods came from France and started their museum in 1916 as more a library, a collection of things intrinsic to the area and it later bloomed into the renowned collection it is today.
Address: 238 Ledoux St
Directions: Central Taos
a long way down
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is worth the eight mile trek northwest of town to see a little of the incredible countryside up close. Standing on the bridge you can look down 650 feet and enjoy a gaping gorge that will take your breath away. The Wild West takes on new meaning.
Directions: Just north of town on Route 64.
some very cool digs indeed
Driving out into the suburbs of Taos, one can see some great architectural blends of Adobe style mixed with Western influences. It's easy to see why some people never leave Taos and why so many artists have flocked here over the years.
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