Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

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Taos Pueblo.
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San Ildefonso Pueblo, by Ansel Adams.

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area is a federally designated National Heritage Area in the U.S. state of New Mexico. [1] The national heritage area includes a section of the upper Rio Grande Valley that has been inhabited by the Puebloan peoples since the early Pre-Columbian era.


Three counties, Santa Fe, Taos, and Rio Arriba are included in the designated National Heritage Area. [2] The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area was authorized in 2006 by Public Law 109-338. [2] [3]



Eight pueblos are included in the National Heritage Area: [4]

The Jicarilla Apache reservation is also within in the heritage area. [4]

Spanish colonial sites

The heritage area also commemorates the influence of Hispanic colonists from the Viceroyalty of New Spain (colonial México), who arrived in the late 1590s and onwards. [5]

Spanish colonial sites in the National Heritage Area include:

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Valles Caldera National Preserve.
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Bandelier National Monument.

Natural areas

Natural areas protected at the federal level within the National Heritage Area include portions of: [7]

State parks

New Mexico state parks within the heritage area include: [7]

Scenic drives and byways

Scenic drives and byways with sections through parts of the heritage area include:

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Ranchos de Taos. Mission Church of Ranchos de Taos, Ranchos de Taos (Taos County, New Mexico).jpg
San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Ranchos de Taos.

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  1. NPS: Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area
  2. 1 2 "Public Law 109-338: Title II - Establishment of National Heritage Areas" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. "Management Plan". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. 1 2 "Native Heritage". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. "Hispano Culture". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  6. "Cultural Heritage". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  7. 1 2 "Natural Heritage". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012.