Known as the “Gateway to the Enchanted Circle,” Questa, New Mexico is the quintessential small town.
Less than an hour from Taos and sitting at 7,500 feet elevation, Questa is the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, which surrounds Wheeler Peak, the highest summit in the state. Questa is one in a long chain of tiny towns that popped up along the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado in the 18th and 19th centuries.Continue reading “Questa”
Taos Pueblo is not just a historic site but home to many traditions.
Known as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, the main areas of the present Taos Pueblo were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 AD. The pueblo is designated a Unesco World Heritage Site along with other historic places like Macchu Picchu, Stonehenge, Easter Island, Rome, Venice and the Taj Mahal. It is also designated a National Historic Landmark. It is the only living Native American community to hold both designations. Some of those who call Taos Pueblo and its over 111,000 acres of land home are artisans and create beautiful things or handcraft products like soaps and home goods.
America is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s apple pie and ball games and fireworks.
It’s nature and hot dogs and roller coasters. It’s “Main Street” and diners and playgrounds.
By any of those standards, Red River is America. Red River’s main street is evenly called, “Main Street,” and practically the entire town is on it: shops, restaurants and local businesses. Even the ski resort is a short walk from Main Street. Continue reading “Red River”
Two farmers, brothers from Rio Arriba County, found themselves searching for fertile land to the east of their home.
Cristóbal Martínez and José Gregorio Martínez searched for days before finding themselves in a rich and vibrant valley where they planted their crops before building a new home in 1806. When Cristóbal and José Gregorio dug that first hole and dropped in that first seed, the high-desert hamlet of Arroyo Seco was born.