Native Culture a Part of History

Native Culture in Santa Fe County offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient traditions and timeless religious ceremonies that are an important part of the history and culture.

Of the eight northern pueblos, five are located in Santa Fe County. Many have vibrant art communities and some offer world class casinos, resorts, and golf courses.

Tesuque Pueblo

A 10-mile drive north from Santa Fe takes visitors to the Tesuque Pueblo, located off US 84/285 in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. Established around 1250, Tesuque is one of the oldest pueblos in the Southwest and, with a population of 800, one of the smallest pueblos. Tesuque Pueblo holds fast to its traditional religious beliefs and ceremonies. Throughout the year, the pueblo celebrates with feasts and dances. The public is welcome at the celebrations, but visitors are asked to follow pueblo rules. The pueblo is also home to Camel Rock, a naturally eroded sandstone formation that resembles a camel’s head.

San Diego Feast Day
November 12
For more information please contact Tesuque Pueblo.

Driving Directions
Take I-25 north to the St. Francis exit. St. Francis will become US-84/285. Turn right on County Road 591/County Road 73. Turn right on Arroyo Griego. Bear right on Bishop’s Lodge Road.


San Ildefonso Pueblo

A 23-mile drive north of Santa Fe will take you to San Ildefonso Pueblo, the most visited northern pueblo in New Mexico and a flourishing art community. San Ildefonso is best known to be the home of the late Maria Martinez who along with her husband, Julian, developed black-on-black pottery. Maria’s work can be seen at the Pueblo museum, located near the church. The pueblo is also known for its natural beauty. Located at the base of the beautiful Black Mesa, the Rio Grande meanders through the pueblo, creating a lush habitat along its banks. San Ildefonso is home to the San Ildefonso Pueblo Museum and the San Ildefonso Fishing Lake and picnic area.

Permits are available on-site or over the phone

Feast Day
January 23

Driving Directions
Take I-25 north to the St. Francis exit. St. Francis will become US-84/285. Take US-84/285 to Pojoaque. Take NM-502 west to Los Alamos for 6 miles. Turn right at the entrance to the pueblo.

02 Tunyo Po
Santa Fe, NM 87506

San Ildefonso Pueblo

Pojoaque Pueblo

Pojoaque lies 15 miles north of Santa Fe on US-64. Within Pojoaque is the Pojoaque Pueblo, encompassing both the past and present. Once in the pueblo, visitors can experience  the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum which focuses on cultural preservation and revitalization within the Pueblo communities of the northern Rio Grande Valley, emphasizing  the arts  and cultures of all pueblo people.  You can shop Pueblo pottery, textiles and jewelry as well as souvenir items.

Feast Day

December 12
In honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Tribal Museum
Poeh Museum

78 Cities of Gold Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87506
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call 505.455.2489 or visit www.poehmuseum.com.


Towa Golf Club
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506
For more information, call 505-455-9000, ext. 8 

Driving Directions
Take I-25 north to the St. Francis exit. St. Francis will become US-84/285.
Stay on Highway 84/285 for approximately 14 miles.


Pojoaque Pueblo

Nambé Pueblo

Nambé Pueblo is located 18 miles north of Santa Fe, off US 84/285 and NM-503 at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Established in the 1300s, Nambé was a principal cultural and religious center for the pueblo people.

Local events include traditional cultural dances, authentic Indian arts and crafts sales, and a Fourth of July celebration. The pueblo also offers spectacular recreational sites and opportunities to swim, fish, and camp at the beautiful Nambé Falls. 

Feast Day

Nambé Pueblo Feast Day
October 4
In honor of St. Francis de Assisi
For more information contact the Pueblo of Nambé.

Driving Directions
Take I-25 north to the St. Francis exit. St. Francis will become US-84/285. Take a right on NM-503 and follow the signs to Nambé Pueblo.