Espańola Valley lies along the Rio Grande River within the historic counties of Rio Arriba and Santa Fe, it encompasses the centuries old Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos who’s people have nurtured the land long before the coming of European settlers, 1998 marked the quatercentenary of Colonial Hispanic influence in Northern New Mexico and in Espańola Valley. The founding of the first capitol in 1598 at Yungue Uingue Pueblo near the confluence of what would be known as the Chama and Rio Grande Rivers was called San Gabriel. It was here that the first Spanish settlement in Nuevo Mexico was established on the Camino Real trade route traversing the route from Mexico to Ohkay Owengeh; and the original Espańola consisted of 5 communities Santa Cruz de la Canada, Santo Nino, San Pedro, La Vega de Los Vigils and Corral de Tierra more known today as the Beautiful Espanola Valley.
Espańola Valley honors and supports cultural diversity, including the strong roots of Hispanic and Native American culture which make up the rich tapestry of traditions found in their many restaurants with traditional Northern New Mexico cuisine and Old Mexico favorites with a touch of 21st Century breweries and wineries. Hotels and bed and breakfasts are unique and convenient to our neighboring cities Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The City of Espańola and the counties of Rio Arriba and Santa Fe represent the significant contributions made to the cultural, linguistic, religious and cultural diversity.