Living history in northwestern New Mexico.

By Travel & Leisure
September 04, 2012
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The aptly nicknamed Sky City Pueblo sits high atop a sheer-walled mesa, some 367 feet above the desert floor. It’s the longest continuously occupied community in the country, and, as such is a National Historic Landmark. Today, fewer than 100 people live here year-round, while others return for spiritual periods.

Sky City Cultural Center and Haak'u Museum

Visit the museum for its Acoma tribal art and history exhibits. Then take a guided tour to the mesa-top pueblo, which has been inhabited continuously for some 1,200 years, and where tribe members still occupy the same adobe dwellings their ancestors did. Afterward, you can buy crafts and jewelry from Acoma artisans, shop for hand-coiled local pottery at the Gaitsi Gallery.

Yaak'a Cafe

Inside Acoma’s light-filled cultural center, Yaak’a Cafe serves hearty regional fare like elk burgers and traditional Acoma lamb stew.

Sky City Casino Hotel

The spacious rooms here are kitted out with handsome Native American furnishings and surround a courtyard pool.

San Esteban del Rey

This National Historic Landmark, in Sky City Pueblo, was made using more than 20,000 tons of earth and stone over the course of a decade (1629-1640). The 21,000-square-foot adobe mission complex withstood the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and today houses unique ecclesiastical Spanish colonial artworks.