Plan Your Visit

National Heritage Areas are places where nature, culture, history, and scenery together form a distinctive landscape that shows the interplay of geography and human activity over time.

Residents of and visitors to National Heritage Areas can experience aspects of U.S. history through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in them.

Getting into the Heritage Area

The boundary of the heritage area is Santa Fe, Río Arriba, and Taos counties and includes Pueblos and tribes. Major cities include Santa Fe, Taos, and Española.

Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area Points of Entry include:

Towns and cities: Albuquerque, Dulce, Moriarty, Cuba, Edgewood, Pagosa Springs, CO, Estancia, Antonito, CO, Clines Corners, Durango, CO, Chama

Highways: US 285, US 84, US 68, US 64, NM 537, Interstate 25, Interstate 40

Local airstrips

Scenic driving loops: Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Puyé Scenic Byway, El Camino Real National Scenic Byway, Route 66 National Scenic Byway, Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway, Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway, Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway, The High Road to Taos


Passport to Your National Heritage Area
The Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area (NRGNHA) is now participating in the Passport to your National Parks program. This popular initiative offers visitors the opportunity to acquire cancellation stamps at no cost at various sites throughout the Heritage Area. The Heritage Area stamp will be complemented by each stamp-station's individual commemorate stamp, combining to serve as a unique record of each visit. The Passport program has been very successful in National Parks and National Heritage Areas throughout the nation with over one million passport books issued since the start of the program.

Current NRGNHA stamp stations include Bandelier National Monument. Future stations, to be added soon, will include Bandelier National Historic Landmark, Pecos National Historical Park, Bode's Mercantile, Ghost Ranch Piedra Lumbre Education and Visitors Center, Puye Cliffs, and Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

For more information call (505) 753-0937 or email us.


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