Friday, September 25, 2020

From ancient civilizations to conquistadors and cowboys

Historical Highlights

Step back in time in New Mexico

Land of the Lost

Abandoned pueblos and mining towns dot the landscape. Humans have been here for at least 12,000 years. Prior to their arrival, dinosaurs roamed this region.

Churches & Missions

Popay was the leader of the Pueblo Revolt

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was one of the most significant events in New Mexico’s history. The revolt wasn’t successful in terms of permanently...

Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayó is a beautiful example of Spanish Colonial architecture. The structure is one of several historical churches on the High Road...
Picuris Mission

Spanish Missions in New Mexico

New Mexico has an abundance of Spanish missions. Far more people are aware of California’s missions, many of which have been well preserved; however,...

National Monuments

The Gila Cliff Dwellings

The Gila Cliff Dwellings

The Gila Wilderness The Gila Cliff Dwellings is one of the most remote national monuments in the country. The site is located on the edge...
Tent Rocks

Kasha-Katuwe | Tent Rocks National Monument

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a very popular hiking destination for residents of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Located on Cochiti Pueblo, Kasha-Katuwe means...
El Morro

El Morro

El Morro is an oasis on the arid plains of western New Mexico. A natural water cache at the base of the mesa has...
Southwest Expeditions

Ghost Towns

Mogollon, New Mexico

Founded in 1876, Mogollon was named after Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, a governor of the Spanish province of New Mexico in the 1700's....
Gypsy Plaza in Madrid, New Mexico


Not A Ghost Town Anymore Located midway on the Turquoise Trail, the village of Madrid is often referred to as a ghost town, though the...


Mescalero Apache Crown Dancers at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Mescalero Apache

Mescalero Apache The Mescalero's call themselves Shis-Inday, “People of the Mountain Forests," or Mashgalénde / Mashgalé-neí / Mashgalé-õde, “People close to the mountains." Spanish settlers...
Maxwell Land Grant

Lucien Maxwell | The Maxwell Land Grant

The allure and opportunities of the American west attracted countless adventurous souls in the 1800s. A host of larger than life characters populate the...

More History

Puye Cliff Dwellings

Puye Cliff Dwellings

New Mexico is a visual feast for geology enthusiasts, with a landscape etched by ancient seas, enormous earthquakes, a variety of volcanoes, and the...
Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Three Rivers Petroglyphs

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is a hidden gem, often overlooked by visitors traveling to White Sands and Ruidoso. It is located...

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City of Dust

One of my favorites when it comes to ghost towns. They have been exploring forgotten communities throughout the Southwest for years.

Desert USA

When it comes to gathering details about individuals or minor events, this site is one of my favorites, with a lot of long, substantive content.

Legends of America

This website has a wealth of information for history lovers. They've been exploring history, destinations, people and the legends of the U.S. since 2003

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History & Heritage

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

The mission of the NRGNHA is to help sustain the communities, languages, cultures, traditions, heritage and environment of Northern New Mexico.