Photo by Lee Marmon
An hour outside of Albuquerque, visiting Acoma Pueblo is akin to stepping back in time. The main pueblo – and visitor’s center – lies to the the north of Interstate 40 but the traditional home to the Acoma people sits high atop a mesa to the south. Known as “Sky City”, there are just a few full-time residents remaining to secure its title as the oldest continuously-inhabited Native American pueblo in the United States. In order to visit, one must secure permission at the visitor’s center and pay a photography fee. Visitors then climb into the back of a truck for the VERY STEEP ride to the top; they have the option of riding or walking (climbing) back town. During my visit in the late 1990’s, I opted for the latter and it was tough-going to say the least!