On Friday, April 20th, 2012, the Taos Pueblo reopens for the season! This pueblo is a delightful day trip destination from Chimayo, New Mexico, while a guest at our Santa Fe area bed and breakfast. In less than 1 hour travel time from Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, you will arrive at the historic Taos Pueblo, which is situated at the base of the sacred and picturesque Taos Mountain. Take the time to partake in the guided walking tour that is included with your paid entry fee. You will see that not much has changed since the first Spanish explorers arrived there in 1540. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history and the culture of these pueblo people, many of which are New Mexico artists. You will discover beautiful handcrafted wares (tanned buckskin moccasins, pow wow drums, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, pueblo pottery, beadwork and more), many of which require mastering skills that have been passed down through numerous generations. If you are really fortunate, you may be present for a feast day or possibly observe a ceremonial dance. Remember that these dances are not for entertainment purposes. These are religious ceremonies for the pueblo people. Therefore, it is important that you offer the same respect as you would in your own church or within your own home. The next scheduled ceremonial dance is on May 3rd, 2012. This will be the Santa Cruz Dance. On June 13th, 2012, you can observe the San Antonio Feast Corn Dance. Casa Escondida B&B still has rooms available for these dates. Feast days and ceremonial dances are held throughout the year. Your visit to the pueblo will allow you to step back in time. Taos Pueblo is considered to be the oldest, continuously inhabited community in the United States, having been occupied for over 1000 years! Even the present day structures in the pueblo are estimated to have been built between 1000 – 1450 A.D. Did you know that the Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated as both a “World Heritage Site” AND a “National Historic Landmark“? Their traditions dictate that within the pueblo walls, no electricity or running water is allowed. Admission to the pueblo is only $10 per person. The pueblo is open 7 days a week, with guided tours starting at 9 AM. So when you contemplate what there is to do in Taos, New Mexico, put the Taos Pueblo visit at the top of your list. We look forward to assisting you with your pueblo adventure, during your stay at our New Mexico bed & breakfast.