Tour #14: Acoma Sky City Cultural Center & Pueblo Guided Tour
|Thursday, June 27, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM||Tour Price: $65|
You will board the motor coach at the Hotel and head west on I -40 to Acoma Pueblo. When you arrive at the Visitor’s Center you will board a shuttle which will take you up to the Pueblo. This pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. The Pueblo is called Sky City because it is built atop a beautiful mesa. Your tour offers a window into traditional Pueblo life. Acoma is also known for its centuries-old tradition of making fine walled poly-chrome pottery featuring colorful geometric patterns. Many residents offer their pottery and baked goods for sale as you travel on your tour. Ample time is given to browse and buy. We return to the Visitor’s Center by shuttle to tour the Haak’u Museum. The Welcome Center and museum are handicapped accessible, as is the bus to the top, however the path is very uneven and pushing a wheelchair could be very difficult. Lunch will be at the Route 66 Casino, which is a smoking venue, there will be time for slot play if you are so inclined.
The Acoma Pueblo is a Native American pueblo approximately 60 miles west of Albuquerque. Four villages make up Acoma Pueblo: Sky City (Old Acoma), Acomita, Anzac, and McCartys. The Acoma Pueblo tribe is a federally recognized tribal entity. The historical land of Acoma Pueblo totaled roughly 5,000,000 acres. The community retains only 10% of this land, making up the Acoma Indian Reservation. Acoma Pueblo is a National Historic Landmark.
According to the 2010 United States Census, 4,989 people identified as Acoma. The Acoma have continuously occupied the area for over 2000 years, making this one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States (along with Hopi pueblos). Acoma tribal traditions estimate that they have lived in the village for more than two thousand years.
Aerial view of Acoma
Mission San Esteban Rey>
Sky City Cultural Center
Traditional horno (mud adobe oven)
Acoma seed pot by B. Aragon
One-way Driving time: 1¾ hours.
Tour includes: Round-trip motor coach transportation, donation, taxes and gratuity. Lunch on you own at the Route 66 Casino.
Special Wear: None