Landmark Sites

It takes time to explore 1000 years of history. The only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and a National Historic Landmark is Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe dwellings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

Historic Taos Plaza has been the center of local trade and gossip for centuries. Today, old mercantile stores house galleries, restaurants and shops. Nearby, Kit Carson Road, Bent Street, and Ledoux Street lead to even more historic homes, neighborhoods, and shopping areas.

The Governor Bent Museum and Gallery was once the home of Charles Bent, New Mexico's first territorial governor who was killed during the Taos Uprising of 1847. Inside you'll find memorabilia and relics of the uprising, including a hole in the wall where some family members escaped. From there, you can head east on Bent Street and cross North Pueblo Road to Kit Carson Park and Cemetery. Many famous Taos citizens are buried within the 25-acre grounds, including Kit Carson, Padre Martinez and art patroness, Mabel Dodge Luhan.

Other must-see sites include the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, eight miles northwest of Taos. The latter spans 650 feet above the river. You'll remember the views long after your visit here ends. 

Three miles northeast of Taos Plaza, the Pueblo is a multi-storied adobe community that has been inhabited for over 1,000 years . . .

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This is second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. It is 12 miles northwest of Taos Plaza.

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Some say this is the most often painted church in America, most famously by O'Keeffe. It is 4 miles south of Taos Plaza.

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Taos Plaza is the Heart of Taos. Locals gather for Taos Plaza Live concerts, May through October and visitors enjoy the shops and galleries...

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Picuris is located 24 miles (38 km) southeast of Taos in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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Historic publications from the Town of Taos:
Historic Churches of Taos, a 1.9 MB PDF, 32 pages.
Historic Taos, a Self-Guided Walking Tour, a 1.9 MB PDF, 32 pages.