New Mexico - Landmarks and Points of Interest
Many native Americans still live in pueblos, some of which have been inhabited for centuries. Though the Pueblo people usually keep their religion and ceremonies private, some of the sites are open to visitors.
Taos Pueblo, nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, has been inhabited for 1,000 years, and is a designated World Heritage Site. Within the walls of the old pueblo, Tiwa-speaking people maintain their traditional way of life and do not use electricity or plumbing.
Acoma Pueblo sits on top of a 357-foot mesa, which earned it the nickname Sky City.
Only about 50 people live on the mesa year-round, but Acomans from around the area gather on the mesa for ceremonies.
Zuni Pueblo, the first Native American city in New Mexico to be visited by Spanish explorers, is known for jewelry and stone carvings. Home to up to 10,000 people, it is New Mexico's largest pueblo.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held every October, is the country's largest and best-known hot air balloon festival. More than 700 balloons are launched over nine days, and a few offer rides.