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Taos Pueblo has made Fodors list of the top 20 “U.S. Places to See Before You Die.” Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community to be designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.
The article, published on Aug. 23, said of Taos Pueblo: “As though frozen in time, Taos Pueblo appears much as it did when the first Spanish explorers arrived in New Mexico in 1540, and inside, the traditional Native American way of life endures.” The article also encouraged visitors to strike up a conversation with pueblo residents, and to try the popular fry bread.
In addition to Taos Pueblo, which was ranked No. 7, Fodors included many well known, iconic American attractions in its top 20 list including: French Quarter in New Orleans, La.; Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.; Times Square in New York City; Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.; Mount Rushmore in S.D.; Pike Place in Seattle, Wash.; Big Sur, Calif.; Grand Canyon in Ariz.; South Beach in Miami, Fla.; Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas, Nev.; Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Millenium Park in Chicago; Hollywood sign in Los Angeles; Grand Central Station in New York City, Portland Head Light in Maine; Grand Tetons in Wyoming; Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, Pa.; and Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Taos Pueblo has also been called one of the top 10 “Classic American Experiences” by CNN Travel and top 10 “Places Every American Should See” by Budget Travel, among other accolades.
Taos Pueblo is celebrating the feast day of the Pueblo’s patron saint, St. Jerome (San Geronimo), on Sept. 29-30 with San Geronimo Eve Vespers and San Geronimo Day which includes traditional pole climbing. The event is open to the public; however, cameras are not allowed during religious ceremonies. For more information on Taos Pueblo, visit taospueblo.com or call 575-758-1028.
Also on Sept. 29 and 30, as part of the Town of Taos’ Grand Fall Arts, local artisans will open their studios for the 16th annual “High Road Studio Tour.” The tour is one of the most renowned art tours in the Southwest, where art lovers can see or purchase pottery, fiber arts, retablos, paintings, sculptures, photographs and more from well known artists along the scenic 30 mile High Road route. Visit taos.org/art/grand-fall-arts for complete details.
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Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. The pueblo is made entirely of adobe — Earth mixed with water and straw that is poured into forms to make sundried bricks. Approximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time, while other families live on Pueblo land but outside the walls. There are more than 1,900 Taos natives living on Pueblo lands. The Pueblo natives are 90 percent Catholic, though ancient religious rites are still practiced, which are an important part of Taos Pueblo life. San Geronimo Catholic Church was built on the Pueblo in 1850. Tiwa is the native language at Taos Pueblo, though Spanish and English are also spoken.
Two magazines have identified the Taos area as a top hotspot for fall leaf peepers.
The foliage along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway loop near Taos is just weeks away from transitioning to a brilliant fall display of oranges, reds and yellows, making it one of the most visually stunning drives in the United States. In fact, national media outlets including Travel and Leisure and Forbes Magazine have called Taos and the Enchanted Circle one of the country’s top destinations to enjoy fall foliage.
In late September and early October, the 85-mile Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is ablaze with shades of gold, orange and red thanks to the changing leaves of cottonwoods, aspens and other tree varieties.
The Byway loop begins in the original art colony of Taos, through the Hondo Valley, rich with history — famous author D.H. Lawrence once lived here.
Leaf peepers will notice New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak (13,167 feet) in the background along the windy road to Questa, and onto Red River.
Elk and other wildlife may be visible in between Bobcat Pass and Eagle Nest. Finally, drivers will continue to Angel Fire — home of Vietnam Veteran Memorial State Park and Angel Fire Ski Resort. Angel Fire also offers the state’s first and only zipline tours.
Depending on stops, the drive can take anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to a half-day. Though just a short drive off the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Taos Ski Valley is breathtaking in fall and is covered with Aspens, Englemann and Blue Spruce, White Fir and rarely seen Red Fire and Bristlecone Pines.
Wildlife including Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer can often be spotted in the area along with thousands of wildflower varieties. TSV has several hiking/biking trails ranging from two to eight miles in length. Visit skitaos.org for details.
With the dramatic scenery comes several spectacular fall events in Taos Ski Valley and Taos, including those of Taos Grand Fall Arts, the Enchanted Circle Festival Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival and Oktoberfest. Taos’ annual Grand Fall Arts features many colorful events and workshops, one of which is the High Road Art Tour on the weekends of Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 28-29.
On Sept. 28, as part of Grand Fall Arts, art lovers can watch the entire artistic process unfold at the Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) Quick Draw and Art Auction.
The Quick Draw takes place at various locations in Taos’ historic district and TCA Courtyard, and the art will be available for purchase by bid later that day. Visit tcataos.org or call 575-758-2052 for details.