Getting Back Up to Date: Acoma, New Mexico.

Wow, I am so sad my original post got deleted because now so much has happened since then that I’m not sure I can remember everything.  But I will do my best.

The whole time I was in New Mexico, we talked about taking the Sandia Tram (which, again, is a 2.7 mile aerial tram up to the Sandia Peak).  I was most excited about the Tram part, but I also love views from mountain tops 🙂   Well, the morning of our last full day in New Mexico, some frustrating circumstances occured which came down to us not being allowed to take the kids with us if we went on the tram.  So… we had to think quick for a new plan so we didn’t all sulk around disappointed!

The day we were shopping in Old Town, a man in one of the shops told us about “Acoma” (he called it “Aw-coo-mah”… the natives there called it “Ah-cuh-muh”).  Krissi thought of it, so I hopped online and googled it.  It looked really cool on the webpage, and price looked about the same, so we decided to do it!

Acoma is a pueblo on top of a mesa in New Mexico which is believed to be the oldest, continuously inhabited pueblo in New Mexico.  There is no electricity or running water up on the mesa, and about 15-20 families still live there year round.

To get there, you drive out to the reservation (which is about 1.5 hours from Albuquerque), and there are signs to the visitor center/museum.    You park there, and pay inside and then wait for the next shuttle up to the pueblo.  It costs $20 for adults, $15 for students (college), and $10 for Youths (high school and under).  It includes a guided tour of the pueblo (which lasts a little over an hour), a “camera pass”, and entrance to the museum.   Some websites say you have to pay $10 for a camera permit, but it was included in the price when we got there.

Our guide was excellent.  He was very informative, and had a great sense of humor.  We learned so much history in one short tour, plus the views were AMAZING.  In the end, I was so glad we were unable to take the Sandia Tram and chose Acoma instead.  Highly, HIGHLY recommended for anyone visiting New Mexico!

Now, a couple of photos from the place:

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Our Tour Guide (and the view!!)

A Kiva (Prayer Ladder.... used to reach the heavens and pray for rain)

A Kiva (Prayer Ladder.... used to reach the heavens and pray for rain)

An apartment building (originally no doors on first flooor as a defense)

An apartment building (originally no doors on first flooor as a defense)

The Mission

The Mission

Those are just a few of the many, many pics I took.. and unfortunately I’m a little too lazy at the moment to upload more.  However, I forgot one last part of the trip.  At the end, you are given the option to take the shuttle back, or to walk down the spiral staircase, which is carved into the side of the mesa and used to be the only access to the mesa.   Of course, we chose the staircase!  It felt like a fun, free bonus because I’m used to be charged to take special stairs (ie Europe).   The staircase is very steep, and at parts was very narrow, so definitely not ideal for everyone, but we loved it!  I also wore flip flops that day which was a very bad choice when it came to walking down steep rocky stairs… but I made it! 🙂

Walking Dwon the Spiral Stairs

Walking Dwon the Spiral Stairs

And lastly, a view of the pueblo on top of the mesa (from down on the road after we climbed down the stairs):

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That’s all for now regarding Acoma!  The next morning we packed up and left for Colorado… which turned out to be a very short trip.  Details to come!

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4 thoughts on “Getting Back Up to Date: Acoma, New Mexico.

    • Thanks! There is a full album of pics on my facebook, I just didn’t use the hyperlinked photos here 🙂 Some of the pictures I corrected the light but that’s how it really looked in person! It was amazing!

  1. Michelle,

    I’m glad you enjoyed my home pueblo! Just a small correction….Acoma is the oldest and continuously inhabited village in the United States! Not just in New Mexico. Now you need to return for one of our feast days!
    Our big annual feast day is Sept. 2, which you missed by 2 days. You can go to http://www.newmexico.org for a complete list of all tribal feast days.

    I hope you’re able to return soon!

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