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Population (year 2000): 1,149
Welcome to our Arroyo Seco website!
Arroyo Seco is a small New Mexican village located immediately below Taos Mountain and 7 miles from the town of Taos, NM. We have brought together many community members to create a website that will inform locals of events and issues as well as introduce outsiders to our community. Welcome and Enjoy!
There are many folktales told in New Mexico about how some towns came to be. There are few, however, which can match the beauty of the tales surrounding the founding of the village of Arroyo Seco. Just 7 miles north of Taos, Arroyo Seco was begun when its people acquired rights to the lands under a grant made by Joaquín Codallos y Rabal, dated October 7, 1745. As a site, it was first recorded in a chronicle dated 1716. It was deeded at that time to General Lucero de Godoy by the Viceroy of Mexico. He never bothered to settle on the land.
Settlement of the area began in 1804 when two brothers named Cristóbal Martínez and José Gregorio Martínez from Río Arriba County planted crops there before building their houses in 1806. Click to Read More...
Seco, as Arroyo Seco is locally refered to, has many small specialty shops, restaurants and services. Many of these shops exhibit work by local artists and crafts people.