Our community is raising funds to research and document the history of the Estaca area in New Mexico. Located between Santa Fe and Taos on the Rio Grande River, our village is not on many maps in this day and age. However, in the 1800s it was noted on several maps.
We know there were prehistoric Native Americans in the area based on the petroyglyphs on the rocks of the hills overlooking our village and the Rio Grande River. Their Eagle Gap trail crossed the Rio Grande and traversed the mesa to the sacred hot springs of Ojo Caliente.
Spanish Colonists built foritifed adobe haciendas here through the 17th and 18th centuries. Remnants of those remain.
Our aceuqia, or irrigation ditch, has been watering fields for hundreds of years and is still in use today as a critical irrigation tool.
A railroad , the Chile Line, roared through here in the 19th century connecting Sante Fe with Denver.
Sadly, a gravel mine has been allowed to operate in the area for the last 20 years, destroying petroglyphs and the Eagle Gap trail. We want to protect and preserve what is left of our cultural landscape and traditional land uses.