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The following are not museums but are historic "must see" places and sites:

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St. Francis de Asis Church
Ranchos de Taos
2.7 miles South of Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza
One of the most photographed churches around

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Historic Taos Plaza
Center of Taos, 2 blocks North of Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza
Shops, history, festivals, meeting place for everyone

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Taos Pueblo
About 2 miles North of Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza
Longest continuously inhabited dwelling in USA
Plus NM's only smoke free casino

As you venture a little further from downtown Taos we'll list a wider variety of backgrounds and experiences. They are absolutely worth visiting and exploring!

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Viet Nam Veterans Memorial State Park
US Hiway 64, Angel Fire, 575-377-6900
About 26 miles East of Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza
No one leaves with a dry eye, if you drove by on the way in, gotta go back!

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Philmont Scout Ranch & Museums - Most open summers only
Philmont Museum with exhibits of history, art, and natural history of the Philmont area
Seton Memorial Library houses the personal art, library, and natural history collections of first Chief Scout Seton
Villa Philmonte is the 1927 summer home of Waife Phillips who generously donated the ranch to the Scouts
Kit Carson Museum at Rayado, an interpretive area portraying area history
Ranch headquarters 5 miles South of Cimarron, about 20 miles East of Eagle Nest, about 50 East of Taos

Bradbury Science Museum
15th & Central, Los Alamos, NM, 505-667-4444
About 80 miles Southwest of Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza

El Santuario de Chimayo
From Espanola, East on SR 76 to Chimayo, right on Jaun Medina Road at Ortega's Weaving
History, legend, or miracle. 505-351-4889

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Bandelier National Monument
Near White Rock and Los Alamos, 505-672-3861
Excavated ruins of ancient pueblo, hiking, waterfalls, more

Historic Los Luceros
Home of Mary Cabot-Wheelwright near Velarde, 505-852-3245
Historic capital of Rio Arriba with visitor center and moreGhost Ranch - Summer home of Georgia O'Keefe and much more
40 miles NW of Espanola on US 84, 505-685-4333

Piedra Lumbre Education & Visitor Center (FKA Ghost Ranch Living Museum) with permanent and traveling displays Colorful Sedona like vistas and rock formations abound in this part of O'Keefe Country
Hiking, hoseback rides, and more

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Historic Los Luceros
Home of Mary Cabot-Wheelwright near Velarde, 505-852-3245
Historic capital of Rio Arriba with visitor center and more

Don Juan de Onate Monument & Visitor Center
North of Espanola on SR 68, 505-852-4639
Educational visitors center for cultural local hispanic heritage

Puye Cliff Dwelling and Santa Clara Pueblo
2 miles South of Espanola on NM 30, 753-7326
Call to check open hours of Puye Cliff dwellings

Classical Gas Museum
Johnnie V. Meier is a collector par excellence of Gas Station memorabilia. Hidden away along the Rio Grande in Embudo just off NM 68 you'll find old gas pumps, signs, oil cans, pump globes, and more. You'll know when you're there, the signs are unmistakable. Call ahead if you want to make certain it's open as Johnnie doesn't have usual hours. "When the white gates are open, come in, you're welcome". 505-852-2995

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United World College, Montezuma Castle

Near Las Vegas, NM
Built by the Sinagua, northern cousins of the Hohokam, Montezuma Castle is a significant ruin between Phoenix and Flagstaff. Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.

Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology offers numerous displays and courses

Christ of the Desert Monastery
About 10 miles North of Abiquiu, Benedictine Monastery open to visitors to reflect and explore. This too is part of O'Keefe country with spectacular rock colors and formations similar to Sedona. Note - The road to the monastary is 13 miles of one lane dirt West of US 84 following the Rio Chama

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

About 60 miles to Antonito, CO (W. on US 64, N. on 285) or 120 miles to Chama, NM (W. on US 64, N. on US 84). Take a ride on the Cumbres, steam powered, 1880's rolling living museum, up and over 10,000 foot Cumbres Pass. Call or wite us for details, runs Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only. Check them direct for schedule details!
Note - the train is a full day trip, driving to Antonito, bussing to Chama, and riding Eastbound is the best trip!
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