Las Trampas, New Mexico

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Las Trampas Historic District
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View of the Las Trampas Historic District.
Las Trampas, New Mexico is located in New Mexico
Las Trampas, New Mexico
Las Trampas, New Mexico is located in the US
Las Trampas, New Mexico
Location On State Road 76, Las Trampas, Taos County, New Mexico
Coordinates 36°7′57″N 105°45′48″W / 36.13250°N 105.76333°W / 36.13250; -105.76333Coordinates: 36°7′57″N 105°45′48″W / 36.13250°N 105.76333°W / 36.13250; -105.76333
Built 1850
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Spanish Colonial, Other
NRHP Reference # 67000007
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1967[1]
Designated NHLD May 28, 1967[2]

Las Trampas or Trampas (Spanish, "traps") is a small unincorporated town in Taos County, northern New Mexico, the Southwestern United States.


Las Trampas is located on the scenic High Road to Taos (New Mexico State Road 76) in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it is approximately halfway between Santa Fe to the south and Taos to the north.

The town has a post office, with the ZIP code 87576; the US Postal Service prefers the name "Trampas".[3] No ZIP Code Tabulation Area information for 87576 is available from Census 2000.

View of Trampas and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 1943.


Founded in 1751 by twelve Spanish families from Santa Fe, the town is known for the San José de Gracia Church, built between 1760 and 1776 and considered a model of the adobe colonial Spanish missions in New Mexico. The church was once used by Los Hermanos Penitentes, a flagellant Catholic order founded in Spanish era Santa Fe de Nuevo México.[citation needed]

Las Trampas National Historic District[edit]

The Las Trampas Historic District was established by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1967.[2][4] The San José de Gracia Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. It is on the National Register of Historic Places in Taos County, New Mexico.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Las Trampas Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  3. ^ 87576 data
  4. ^ Charles W. Snell (May 1, 1968). "National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Las Trampas Plaza Historic District" (pdf). National Park Service. 
    Accompanying 19 photos of place and people, one dated 1980 others undated (32 KB)

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