The 7 Oldest Buildings In New Mexico Where Time Stands Still

Ever since humans took up farming and it made sense to stay put in one area, we have constructed structures for living and working (however that was defined at the time). Luckily enough for those of us who love history, several of the oldest buildings in New Mexico are still standing – providing us with the opportunity to take a peek into the past.

How many of these oldest buildings have you seen? Can you imagine yourself living or working there ages ago? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Address: Taos Pueblo, NM, USA
Address: 725 Ruins Rd, Aztec, NM 87410, USA
Address: Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA
Address: Gallo Cliff Dwelling, Nageezi, NM 87037, USA
Address: Santa Fe Plaza, 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Address: Acoma Pueblo, NM 87034, USA
Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Address: Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
Address: 215 E De Vargas St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
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Oldest Buildings in New Mexico

May 20, 2022

What are the oldest restaurants in New Mexico?

El Farol, a tapas restaurant established in 1835, claims the title of oldest restaurant in New Mexico. Located in Santa Fe – the oldest state capital in the country – stepping inside El Farol’s doors feels like stepping back into the past. The restaurant also hosts flamenco shows, keeping alive a tradition that dates back at least as far as the late 1700s.

El Farol may be the oldest, but New Mexico is full of historic restaurants. High Noon Restaurant and Saloon in Albuquerque is housed in a building from the 1700s with the ghost stories to match. For a taste of the Wild West, visit The Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House in Pinos Altos, in a building which was constructed in the 1860s. Or grab a shake and a burger at Hillsboro General Store Cafe, which has gone through several incarnations as various businesses for the last 130 years.

What are some other historic landmarks in New Mexico?

With 46 historic landmarks in New Mexico, there’s no shortage of history to explore. From historic districts and plazas to the site of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, New Mexico has a well-established place of importance in United States and even world history. Step deep into the past at Acoma Pueblo, where people have lived since at least 1100 A.D. Explore more recent history and get a glimpse of the Old West in the Lincoln Historic District. Well-traveled destinations like Santa Fe Plaza are worth a look, but don’t forget to search out some of the more underappreciated historic sites in New Mexico.

What are some historic towns in New Mexico?

Historic towns in New Mexico range from examples of Route 66’s colorful heyday in the 1940s and ‘50s, to the Spanish colonial history of the 1600s. As mentioned, Lincoln is a great place to visit if you’re interested in the age of cowboys and outlaws. Billy the Kid was even involved in the Lincoln County War. The town of Socorro’s history goes all the way back to the early 1600s, and you’ll also find later examples of Victorian architecture here. Meanwhile the town of Taos, just south of the UNESCO World Heritage site Taos Pueblo, has historic homes dating back to the 1700s.

Address: Taos Pueblo, NM, USA
Address: 725 Ruins Rd, Aztec, NM 87410, USA
Address: Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, USA
Address: Gallo Cliff Dwelling, Nageezi, NM 87037, USA
Address: Santa Fe Plaza, 63 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Address: Acoma Pueblo, NM 87034, USA
Address: 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Address: Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA
Address: 215 E De Vargas St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA