Puye Cliff Dwellings, within the boundaries of the Santa Clara Indian Reservation, New Mexico. Photo: Einar Kvaran. Carved into the volcanic tufa of the Jemez Mountains during the 12th century, occupied until 1577.
A River Runs Through It—The Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, New Mexico Stretching from Albuquerque to the Colorado border, the heritage area includes Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties. It encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, eight Pueblo tribes, and the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598—a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.