What a difference a day makes! By the time we retired last night, we had decided that in the morning we'd visit Taos
Pueblo and the Rio Grande gorge bridge, then head back to Santa Fe. However, I awoke with the thought that we'd first go to the visitor's center and then decide. The girl at the center strongly recommended the Enchanted Circle route. Lin wisely suggested we kick things into low gear and stay in Taos another night. After breakfast at Michaels, we arranged for a second night at the hotel and headed for Taos Pueblo, (click here for another good link) getting there about 10:30. Like San Ildifanso, Taos charges for admission and for a camera permit and visitors are allowed to wander around by themselves within a specified area.
However, guided tours are available and free. The next guided tour was at 11:00 so we just walked around and Lin bought bracelets for the granddaughters and a necklace and bracelet for herself. The craftsman said he'd make earrings for Linda to consider later. The guided tour was quite interesting and took about 1/2 hour. The Indians who choose to live inside the pueblo walls live without modern conveniences like electricity or running water. The two main buildings are each about 500 years old! After the guided tour, we spent a lot of time just wandering around, looking in shops and taking pictures. Like Riquewihr in Alsace, this is a place where you can point a camera in any direction and get a good shot. Before we were finished, we'd bought the earrings and a beautiful plate, finally leaving at about 1:30.