Bienvenidos (Spanish), Be-Po-Wa-Ve (Tewa), He-Ya-Ho (Tiwa), Daanzho (Apache). These are all ways to say, Welcome! to the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area.
Each of these languages is still spoken in Northern New Mexico, a Cradle of Settlement that encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, 8 Tewa and Tiwa Native Pueblos, and communities established by the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598, a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
Residents continue to speak their native languages along with English, and to share the traditions and practices of their ancestors in a cultural expression that leaves a strong imprint on residents and visitors alike. Indeed, visitors are advised that most of the place names and references are in Spanish, with Spanish pronunciations.
The Heritage Area stretches south to north from I-40 in the center of the State to the Colorado border. Area boundaries include all of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties, a total area of 10,000 square miles in North-central New Mexico.
The Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area Center has a wall that needs some sprucing up. A willing landlord and a generous Board of Directors are issuing a call for mural artists across three counties: Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos. This is a competition - Click for details
When our State’s restrictions are lifted, we hope to have you visit us at 109 E. Paseo de Onate.
We have a record breaking number of grant applications, we will keep you posted of grant awards upon completion of our review.
We can be reached at email@example.com or you may call (505) 753-7273 for the latest news of our re-opening.
Please stay safe!
Starry Nights at Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos, NM: – Join us for an evening under the wonderful Western sky on Saturday, October 9th.
At 7:00 p.m. park staff and volunteers from the Santa Fe Stargazers will bring out telescopes and binoculars to gaze at the stars and check out Saturn, Jupiter, and deep-sky objects. Visitors are also invited to bring their own telescopes and spotting scopes to explore the night skies. This event is weather-dependent and red-bulb flashlights and appropriate clothing are strongly recommended.
Reservations are required and participation is limited to 40 people. Please call the Visitor Center at 505-757-7241 to make a reservation.
The park entrance gate will open at 6:00 p.m. and will shut at 7:30 p.m. Please note that after 7:30 no further entry will be permitted.
You will also find our listings on the New Mexico True website (newmexico.org) and Tourism Santa Fe (santafe.org). Please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PecosNHPnps or follow us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/pecos_nps).
To promote our staff and visitors’ safety, masks are required in all NPS buildings and masks must be worn in outdoors spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Individuals looking to get COVID-19 vaccine can visit vaccines.gov or text their ZIP code to 438829 to find a location close to them and make an appointment.
From I-25 N: Take the Pecos/Glorieta Exit, #299. Left onto overpass, right onto Route 50; proceed on Route 50 for eight miles. At the village of Pecos, take a right at the four-way stop onto Route 63. In two miles, the visitor center will be on your right. From I-25 S: Take the Rowe Exit, #307. Follow signs. From Highway 63, the visitor center will be on your left.
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Your Cultural Guide to Northern New Mexico - 2019-2020 Edition
The new FIFTH issue of our Heritage Area publication is now available in Taos, Española, Santa Fe and vicinities at selected magazine stands and visitor centers, and at our National Heritage Center in Alcalde. You may read it online at issuu.com.