Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area

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Taos Pueblo

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area is a federally designated National Heritage Area in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The national heritage area includes an area of the upper Rio Grande valley that has been inhabited by the Puebloan peoples since pre-Columbian times. Eight pueblos are included in the heritage area: the Nambé, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque pueblos as well as Jicarilla Apache reservation.[1] The area also commemorates the influence of Hispanic colonists who arrived beginning in the 16th century.[2]

The designated area includes Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site and the historic core of Santa Fe, as well as 16 National Historic Landmarks and 270 other historic properties.[3] Three counties, Santa Fe, Taos and Rio Arriba are included in the designated area.[4] Natural areas within the designated area include portions of Santa Fe and Carson national forests and Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well as Bandelier and Pecos national monuments. State parks within the heritage area include Cerrillos Hills, Hyde Memorial, Heron Lake and El Vado Lake state parks.[5]

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area was authorized in 2006 by Public Law 109-338.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Native Heritage". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hispano Culture". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cultural Heritage". Nprthern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Public Law 109-338: Title II - Establishment of National Heritage Areas". National Park Service. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Natural Heritage". Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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