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Old 08-28-2009, 12:25 PM
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Wednesday morning Debbie and I drove out to Acoma Pueblo about an hour West
of Albuquerque. Everyone we know who has been there raves about the spectacular
beauty of its location and all I can say is that words can not do it justice.

The Pueblo is still inhabited by about 30-40 residents who have no electricity, no
running water, no sewage except porta-potties but are dedicated to keeping it alive
as a living, 1,500 year old community. Approximately 3,600 other Acomans live in
towns North of the historic valley and mesa.

Beside the spectacular views, Acoma is famous for having the highest quality and
most innovative yet authentic pottery of any of the New Mexican Pueblos and that
seems to be true. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed of the pottery, residents,
graveyard or interior of the church.

Rather than take the shuttle bus back, I decided to climb several hundred feet down
the hand-hewn cliff trail that the Acoma have used for over a thousand years. Its
been improved in a few places to make it a bit safer for the tourists, but in several
areas it is still a vertical wall with handholds cut into the rock face.


The Pueblo on top of the Mesa

Pueblo buildings

Your Faithful New Mexican Correspondents

The original Acoma mesa abandoned over 1,000 years ago when a storm destroyed the only path to it fatally trapping some Acomans on the top.

On the trail down (Debbie took the bus)

More photos HERE..

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Old 08-28-2009, 12:37 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Thanks for the photo's Mike. We went to the area twice about 7 or 8 years ago, one day it was closed and the other day we dilly-dallied to much and got there late. We plan to do the whole thing again some time. You are correct, it is spectacular and the area has some interesting history. My wife worked with a man who lived up there.

Looking at your pictures the cultural center was not there when we went. Looks nice.

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Old 08-28-2009, 12:53 PM
Location: Metromess
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I would love to visit there. I've seen some of the Acoma pottery for sale, and it is beautiful. I don't much think I'll take the trail, though. Looks treacherous.
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:19 PM
Location: Burque!
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Great post Mike!
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:41 PM
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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We went to Acoma several years ago -- and it was one of the BEST things I have ever seen and experienced in New Mexico. I am afraid of heights, so I didn't ventured anywhere near the edge of that mesa...nor try to climb down the trail from the top!!!

The view at the top is just spectacular, isn't it?
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:38 PM
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Time for another road trip! Been a LONG time since I went out there. Thanks for the cool pics Mike!
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:20 AM
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Thanks for the photos and story. I am putting it on my list.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:34 AM
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Thanks for the post and the pics Mike. The mesa is one of the places I always tell visitors they MUST see in New Mexico.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:40 PM
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EXCELLENT photos. This is on my Must-Do list.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:28 AM
Location: Albuquerque
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Thank you for the post Mike. I still have that on my
to-do list. I think I would like to take the tour bus.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Bus tours:
Western Pueblo Tours
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