Head north out of Santa Fe on U.S. 84/285, and exit in Pojoaque onto N.M. 502. San Ildefonso Pueblo (just off N.M. 502 next to the Rio Grande; Visitors’ Center: 455-3549), with its backdrop of Black Mesa and soaring Pajarito Plateau, has a long and complex history that includes resistance to the Spanish during the Reconquest of 1692. It is famous for its lustrous black pottery, especially that of the late, great artist Maria Martinez, her husband Julian and their family. Numerous artist studios, shops and a small museum offer classic black-on-black pottery and other artworks for sale.
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