A River Runs Through It—The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

Stretching from Albuquerque to the Colorado border, the heritage area includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. It encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, eight Pueblo tribes, and the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598—a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.


A mountain village

A Cultural Landscape

Within the heritage area boundaries are many significant historic sites and a cultural landscape that reflects long settlement of the region.

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Hand-dyed yarn

Management Planning Process

We need your input on what to include in our comprehensive plan, demonstrating knowledge of the cultural and natural resources in the Heritage Area.

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people in the meeting

Community Meeting is a Success

As part of the heritage area planning process, six public meetings were held throughout the region including this one in Taos.

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