The 148-acre Los Luceros ranch represents the northernmost outpost of New Mexico Historic Sites, sitting north of Española along the east bank of the Rio Grande. Beyond its bucolic scenery is the fact that it represents one of the state’s best preserved and most historically significant properties. With connections to the indigenous Tewa community of Phioge, Los Luceros has a history that stretches over eight centuries including Spanish colonial occupation of northern New Mexico through the development of Anglo art colonies and even Georgia O’Keeffe.

Its centerpiece is a 5,700-square-foot, 18th-century Territorial-style adobe hacienda which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property also includes a visitor’s center, a Victorian Cottage, an 18thcentury chapel, a storehouse, historic homes, apple orchards, irrigated crops and bosque on the Rio Grande.

As the state’s newest Historic Site, it serves as a test case for developing a cultural destination with interpretative exhibits and public access; a retreat center; and a center for crop-growing and environmental-studies programs. With the Campaign for New Mexico History, Los Lucero Historic Site will:

These exhibits will feature audio dramatizations of historic letters written by some of the charismatic people who spent time in the home.

Visitors will be able to wind their way from the visitor’s center to historic structures with wayside signs.

With this trail, Los Luceros can interpret the ecology of the area, the importance of the river, and how it relates to the historical landscape.

Layering onto the success of its annual Harvest Festivals, Los Luceros would add the means for live performances to perpetuate—and update—its history as a cultural entertainment venue for the region.