Most likely established in the 12th century, Acoma Pueblo (also known as “sky City”) is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States. Situated atop a 367 foot tall sandstone mesa in an ideal defensive position from raiders, the pueblo is now open for tours.
There are some breathtaking views to be had from the top of the mesa and the pueblo itself is fascinating. There are less than 50 tribal members currently living at the pueblo but there are plenty of opportunities to observe traditional artisans and indigenous culture. Observing the local artisans at work producing their unique thin-walled pottery is a joy so bring a little extra cash in order to take away some unique one-off mementos of your visit.
Aside from being a wonderful cultural learning experience, the beauty of the pueblo’s set against a totally blue southwestern sky really is something to behold. A beautiful modern museum and restaurant are nestled at the foot of the mesa, where a tour bus will take you to the top for a guided walking tour.
The tour guides are very knowledgeable and are happy to answer any questions you might have.