This land has seen a lot of turmoil over the centuries. In 1680, an attack was planned onsite by the Indians against the Spanish and their settlements. They killed more then 400 Spaniards and 1,000 settlers. Unfortunately the church that was onsite was burned and destroyed in the chaos. The site of the original church served as a cemetery that also included US war veterans.
This real life settlement still have approximately 150 residents that maintain residency there. The land it sits on is quite large at 99,000 acres. Today the pueblo has doors that enables access into each unit. One of the youngest buildings on property is the San Geronimo Church that was built in 1850. The church was also designated as a National Historic Landmark. It serves as an active church within the community.
Today the community has opened its doors to the public for an up close look at how the Taos Indians once lived and still lives. The village offers events such as pow wows and feast days. In the late winter and early spring the pueblo is closed for about 10 weeks. It was also designated in 1992 as a UNESCO Heritage Site.