The TOWNS AND PLACES page is our portal to the Cultural History of the Black Range.  The map found below will help as you place these locations geographically but our pages travel in time as well, from the earliest inhabitants to today’s oldest inhabitants - and hopefully everything in between.  Ultimately this portal and its associated pages is about people (see our Natural History portal for the geology, flora, and fauna of the Black Range).  Be sure to visit our portals for Artists and Writers, as well as our Interviews and Presentations Page for information about todays inhabitants and the Early Indian Sites page for information about our earliest inhabitants.  Two other pages augment the cultural history of the Black Range: Who We Are and Who We Were.  And lastly, because this site is not everything for everyone, we provide a Links Page to other sites associated with the Black Range.  Starting from the northeast corner of the range we take a tour of our cultural history:


Our coverage of the Monticello area includes video of two exciting places; Ojo Caliente (a small hot spring which was the epicenter of much of the conflict between the Anglos and the Apaches) and the Monticello Box (in this area of the American Southwest, a “box” is a narrow canyon with steep walls) a wonderful place with a county road and a stream (Alamosa Creek) running through it.  We also have two Auto Tour Videos shot in this area.  These are videos shot from a vehicle and are the perfect way to see a section of road, the lay of the land, major cultural and physical features, and the vegetation of the area.  These videos are:  Forest Road 139 which runs from Monticello to Springtime Campground, a drive through beautiful southwest mountain landscape; and Forest Road 140 which runs from before the Monticello Box to Monticello.


These two towns are included in our coverage of the Northeast Quadrant of the Black Range.  Chloride is represented by our photo gallery of the area, including its excellent museum.:  Chloride is a website operated by others and is a comprehensive representation of the town.



The Black Range being what it is, you can’t always get “there from here”.  Hillsboro and Kingston are on NM-152 in the east central part of the Black Range.  To get there from Winston and Chloride drive east to Interstate 25 and drive south to NM-152.  Hillsboro is about 18 miles west of the Interstate and Kingston is about 8 miles farther west still.  Hillsboro is in that wonderful transition zone between the desert and the mountains and Kingston is green.  Our coverage of this area includes:  Hillsboro (an overview of the town and its ethos); Hillsboro Walking Tour (which includes a number of photographs and descriptions of historical buildings in the town); Kingston (a map of the walking tour of the town); An Auto Tour Page - East of Hillsboro to Emory Pass on NM-152 which includes narrative descriptions and photographs of the area - it includes four video segments (Segment 1: East of Hillsboro to Hillsboro - Segment 2: Hillsboro to Kingston - Segment 3: NM-152 to Carbonate Creek on FR-157 - Segment 4: Kingston to Emory Pass).  Our video - The Percha Pools - depicts the Percha Box east of Hillsboro.  The Hillsboro Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter chocked full of historical fact and extended articles.  We provide all of the copies of this excellent resource at:  Guajalotes, Zopilotes, y Paisanos.


Traveling south from Hillsboro on NM-27 you will pass through cattle country in the rolling hills of the Black Range.  This is an area of fossils, beautiful plants, and intriguing history.  Our coverage of this area includes:  Tales of Lake Valley (the history of this real ghost town); our Lake Valley Photo Gallery; and an Auto Tour - NM-27 From Hillsboro to Nutt (which includes photographs, narrative and videos).


There are no towns along the southern fringe of the Black Range, at least not any more.  But this is an area of incredible history, perhaps the best history in the southwest.  Visit our Auto Tour of the area, Southern Roads (as always this page includes narrative and photographs and links to three road videos.  Our coverage of this area is supported by dozens of petroglyph photographs from the Pony Hills and Frying Pan Canyon Petroglyph Sites, see our Rock Art photo gallery.



The Mimbres River (Rio Mimbres) flows along much of the western length of the Black Range.  There was (an is) water here so humans have inhabited the area for thousands of years.  See our Mimbres Culture page for an overview of the Mimbres Culture which inhabited this area long before the Spanish, the Anglos, or the Apaches entered the area.  Our coverage of this area includes our Lower Mimbres Auto Tour Page which includes narrative and photographs for the route covered by NM-61 from its junction with US-180 to its junctions with NM-152.  This area includes Faywood Hot Springs, City of Rocks State Park, and a number of small towns.  The Auto Tour page is supported by three auto tour videos and our Lower Mimbres Photo Gallery.


Traveling west from Kingston you cross Emory Pass and travel down NM-152 to the village of San Lorenzo.  Our Emory Pass to San Lorenzo on NM-152 Auto Tour Page includes narrative and photographs which describe the area.


The Middle Mimbres segment includes the area around San Lorenzo and runs north on NM-35 to North Star Road.  See the Middle Mimbres page and the Middle Mimbres photo gallery.


From its junction with NM-35 to its northern terminus the North Star Road bisects two beautiful wilderness areas.  See our Northwest Quadrant page and the Northwest Quadrant photo gallery.

See our Roads of the Black Range page for an extensive index to our auto tour and topical interest pages for the Black Range.



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