Casa Blanca, New Mexico
Last year when we were on our way from Colorado to Arizona we stopped in Casa Blanca, NM for a few days specifically to see the Acoma Pueblo which is a National Historic Landmark. My parents were here several years ago and thought we'd really enjoy it. We stayed just off I-40 at the Dancing Eagle Casino. They have a very small and plain, yet very clean, RV Park. Really just a gravel parking lot with full hookups and a small store/laundry in a gated area. But only $11 a night. Perfect stopover if you're driving this way. It is about an hour and a half east of the border of Arizona.
HERE. They offer a great tour for $25 that takes you up to the Mesa in a bus where you are walked around by a local tribe member. Great tour! For tour info click HERE. This is an amazing place and a must see.
This is picture from the internet of an aerial view. Then village was built on top of this mesa! They were safe up here because it was built up on a rock out of reach, having steep sides in every direction. There was only one entrance by a stairway built by hand of about 200 steps, then a stretch of about 100 narrower steps. There was a wall of large and small stones at the top, which they could roll down without showing themselves, so that no army could capture the village.
There are cisterns (above) that collect snow and rain water.
Ladders are used to access the 2nd and 3rd stories.
A traditional mud adobe oven called a horno.
This house above had a fantastic view (below).
What amazing views from up here.
Loved all the painted trim.
At the end of our tour you could take the bus back down or you could walk those ancient steps down the mesa where they walked ions ago before the road was built. Only us and one other couple chose to take the steep steps down. Our tour guide was pretty funny. Someone asked how long it would take to get down if they didn't want to take the van. He said, depends. If you take the 300 steps, maybe 30 minutes, but if you just take one step, it would take about 3 seconds. Ha, ha!
The steps were small, steep, uneven and slippery. We felt very privileged to walk these steps. I'm surprised that they let you do it as no one could find you if you fell or got stuck for some time.
We were so glad to be able to see the Acoma Pueblo. Thanks Mom for the suggestion!