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Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

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Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

The county was one of nine originally created for the Territory of New Mexico in 1852. Originally extending west to the California line, it included the site of present-day Las Vegas, Nevada. The name “Rio Arriba” means “Upper River.” The County is so named because the Rio Grande, the lifeline of the state, runs through it.

The Battle of Embudo Pass took place in the southern part of the county during the Mexican–American War in January 1847.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns, Villages & Communities

Abiquiú | Alcaide | Arroyo del Agua | Brazos | Canjilon | Cañoncito | Cañones | Canova | Cebolla | Chama | Chamita | Chili | Chimayo | Cordova | Coyote | Dixon | Dulce | El Duende | El Rito | Embudo | Ensenada | Española | Gallina | Hernandez | Hopewell | La Madera | La Mesilla | La Villita | Las Tablas | Lindrith | Los Luceros | Los Ojos | Lumberton | Lyden | Mendanales | Navajo City | Ohkay Owingeh | Ojo Sarco | Petaca | Puebilito | Riverside | Rutheron | San Jose | San Juan | San Lorenzo | Santa Clara Pueblo | Santa Rosa de Lima | Sublette | Tierra Amarilla (County seat) | Truchas | Vallecitos | Velarde | Youngsville



Nat'l reg. of Hist. Places

Carson National Forest (part)

Santa Fe National Forest (part)

Rio Arriba County History

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