Martinez Hacienda, also known as Hacienda de los Martinez, is a Taos, New Mexico hacienda built during the Spanish colonial era. It is now a living museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on the bank of the Rio Pueblo de Taos.NameAccording to Miriam Webster, Hacienda meant a "large landed estate" in Spanish during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its origin is the Old Spanish word facienda, which came from a Latin word that meant to do or things to be done. Often, Native Americans were brought on as "free wage" laborers.HistoryDon Antonio Severino Martinez, also known as Severino Martinez, bought the property about 2 miles southwest of the Taos Plaza in 1804, after relocating his family from Abiquiu to Taos that year. At first the building was a four-room dwelling and then it grew as Martinez became more successful. It was made of thick adobe walls, without exterior windows. The hacienda had 2 inner courtyards, or placitas, around which a total of 21 rooms were built. It was constructed as a fortress for protection against attacks by Plains tribes, such as Comanche and Apache raiders. When there was a threat of violence, the livestock were brought into the courtyards of the hacienda for safety.To visit La Hacienda del los Martinez on your trip to Taos, use our Taos vacation planner.
La Hacienda del los Martinez Reviews
This hacienda puts you into the late Spanish Colonial Era. The restoration is supposed to be historically accurate and is amazing. It is a self guided tour with a pamphlet. The various rooms... more »
My husband and I visited this attraction in September, 2019, when we were traveling in northern New Mexico. It is only 2 miles from the town of Taos, but it does feel as if it is out in the country..... more »
Very nice sight for additional Taos history. Met a very nice staff member and ladies exhibiting art. Gave quite a history lesson. The web page information should be updated as hours of operation did not reflect actual days location is open. Better call before visiting. Worth the call.
Very enlightening and educational. There were many authentic artifacts. We liked the self guided tour and it was very cool. This is a hidden jewel!!
Build a planTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
See all ›
Side trips from Taos
Hidden gems in Taos
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Taos
Plans to La Hacienda del los Martinez by other users
14 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Taos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Sedona, Redwood National Park & Taos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular sights Preferences: July, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, relaxing, romantic Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 58 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium