Welcome! The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, 8 Indian Pueblos and the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598, a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. Residents speak many languages, including Spanish, Tewa, Tiwa, Apache and English and carry on many of the traditions and practices of their ancestors.
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. Its purpose is to sustain the cultural traditions, landscapes, environment, languages and architecture of the region through dynamic partnerships, education and interpretation.
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