A Journey to the City in the Sky

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Acoma Pueblo and Sky City Cultural Center

Located at exit 102 off I-40 in New Mexico. Head south from the exit and follow the signs to the pueblo, which is about 15 miles from the highway. The pueblo is a four-and-a-half- to five-hour drive from Sedona.

Open mid-April through mid-October, with tours departing every 45 minutes to one hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open mid-October to mid-April with tours departing every 45 minutes to one hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the Web site for closures and reduced hours of operation.

Dress: Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes (no flip-flops), a hat and sunscreen – there’s no shade up on the mesa. You can bring water with you.

Admission: $10 for children; $15 for seniors, military and students; $20 for adults; $10 for camera permits.

Yaak’a Café hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., mid-April through mid-October; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., mid-October through mid-April.

Where to stay: Sky City Casino and Hotel is located north of I-40 at exit 102. The hotel is owned by the Acoma Pueblo and offers free shuttle service to the cultural center (check with hotel for schedule). Rates range from $89 to $129 per night.

For more information, visit www.skycity.com or call the cultural center at 1-800-747-0181. 
September Events at the Pueblo

• Sept. 2 – St. Esteban Feast Day: No tours will be conducted, but the pueblo is open to the public free of charge (shuttles leave from Sky City Casino and Hotel – visitors will walk to the pueblo from the cultural center); 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photography on feast days is not permitted. Visit the Web site for more details on feast day etiquette.

• Sept. 27 – Eighth Annual Tour de Acoma; Take a 25-, 50-, or 100-mile paved bike ride through the Acoma and Laguna reservations; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Web site for registration information.

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