The collection of sacred carved figures known as "santos" and the nearly 20,000 photographic images dating to the 1800s are particularly impressive.The Harwood collection includes famed landscapes and portraiture works from the well-known Taos Society of Artists (1915-1927) as well as contemporary pieces.The Native American community has been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years, and is comprised of stunning multi-storied adobe buildings set against the backdrop of forested and snow-capped peaks.Despite its reputation as one of the more private and secretive pueblos in the southwest, Taos Pueblo eagerly welcomes visitors to its 95,000-acre community of 4,500 people.Located between the San Juan Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo range, the monument highlights the great Rio Grande Rift system.
In Taos, you can go from hot-air ballooning and river rafting to touring art galleries and impressive museums.
The stunning views can be accessed from the parking and picnic area on the rim of the gorge, along the rim's 9 mi hiking trail or by simply walking out onto the bridge along the raised sidewalks for a breathtaking experience.
For photographers and painters, viewing a sunrise or sunset along the rim offers up amazing artistic opportunities.
Millicent Rogers was the granddaughter and heiress of one of the original founders of Standard Oil.
Escaping what she felt was the drudgery of her East Coast existence, the socialite came to Taos and put her money into the Taos art colony, supporting both struggling artists and also many of the impoverished Native American children of the region.
Items on display include jewelry, textiles, pottery and tin-work, as well as contemporary arts and crafts.