Native Culture in New Mexico
Native Americans play an integral role in New Mexico history, culture, the arts and our economy. From music and dance to casino gaming, entertainment venues, farming, weaving, pottery and jewelry, the customs and cultures of Native Americans in New Mexico are truly unique.
Visit where history tells a living story
Visitors are welcome to visit nearby Indian Pueblos and observe sacred dances and other special events. Tribal crafts, religion, dances, and philosophy have helped make New Mexico the Land of Enchantment it is today, so please be respectful as you visit with the First Peoples. Call each Pueblo or Tribal Office in advance of arrival to inquire about specific schedules, possible admission fees and rules that respect the native culture.
Nearby Indian Pueblos
North on I-25 to Cochiti Lake exit. Pueblo is famous for storyteller dolls. Cochiti Lake is a popular fishing and boating reservoir. For information and annual events, call (505) 465-2244.
At the southern base of the Jemez Mountain Trail on NM 4. Famous for beautiful ceremonial dances. Local pottery displays the deep reddish hues of the surrounding hills. Some private pottery studios are open to the public. For information and annual events, call (505) 834-7235.
At the northern end of the county, enjoy hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreational opportunities. For information and annual events, call (505) 759-3242.
SAN FELIPE PUEBLO
Founded in 1706, this old pueblo along the banks of the Rio Grande east of Algodones and Bernalillo welcomes visitors on special feast days. The pueblo also holds a fine arts & crafts festival every fall. For information and annual events, call (505) 867-3381.
Founded around 1300, Sandia Pueblo offers one of the states best trading posts. Be sure to visit the BIEN MUR trading post, east on Tramway from I-25. Sandia Lakes recreation area is also operated by the pueblo. For and annual events, call (505) 867-3317.
SANTA ANA PUEBLO
One of the most progressive pueblos, Santa Ana offers numerous recreational activities, including the Santa Ana Star Casino, Hyatt Tamaya 5 Star Resort, and Santa Ana Golf Club. The Prairie Star Restaurant provides one of the states finest dining experiences. For information and annual events, call (505) 867-3301.
SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO
Between Rio Rancho and Santa Fe just west of I-25, Santo Domingo holds one of the Indian nations most comprehensive arts & crafts fairs every Labor Day. Pottery is very distinctive, with large bowls and other containers displaying unique motifs. For information and annual events, call (505) 465-2214.
Off NM 550 between Bernalillo and San Ysidro. The Zia sun symbol is the basis for the New Mexico state symbol. Cultural Center open to the public. For information and annual events, call (505) 867-3304.