Anthropologists and historians have long debated the location
of the Garden of Eden.
Theories abound but surely God's graceful touch has anointed the
Magical Mimbres Valley with many Eden-like qualities.
Its narrow strip of fertile land framing the Mimbres River
invited settlers from the first agriculturally oriented Mimbreno
Indians to the Spanish explorers to the present day seekers who
discover a treasure more enduring that the Seven Cities of Gold
sought by the conquistadors.
Over the centuries the Mimbres Country has yielded to all the
dreams of the American West.
Ranching, farming, mining and lumber ventures have thrived
here and an encounter with a valley native can reveal this down-home
essence, and the home spun tales and stories, told with a twinkle in
the eye, can keep you guessing and wondering if all this whimsy and
magic can be true.
Although New Mexico's history goes back a scant 100 years to
statehood the old timers in the valley are a touchstone to the last
remaining vestiges of the old wild, wild west.
The magical river itself, named for the Spanish word for the
enormous willow trees that hang their feathery branches along its
banks, issues from the high country of the Gila and Aldo Leopold
Wilderness, a hundred square miles of pristine back country.
There's enough hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, riding and
bird watching here to fill several lifetimes.
Deer, elk, bear, lion, turkey and javalinas
are found here in abundance and the Mimbres River is situated on the
migratory flyway of hundreds of bird species.
The steep mountains and rolling hills force the river on a
slow and meandering course toward its disappearance into the
Chihuahuan Desert north of Deming.
Don't let the sparkling beauty lull you into forgetting that
the river can turn into a muddy torrent, capable of uprooting those
mighty trees and depositing them far downstream.
It is a fickle beauty that can turn on a moment.
Today the magical valley offers a charming blend of past and
present. The riverside
is punctuated by traditional Hispanic family orchards, small scale
organic farming operations, berry patches and graceful vineyards.
The visitor can sample fresh home baked bread, taste a glass
of local wine or soak in one of the healthful hot springs found
throughout the area.
The Mimbres Valley Heritage Site is found in the middle of
the valley, located on ground once occupied by the native Mimbreno
Indians. It compliments
the world famous Gila Cliff Dwellings to the north and is dedicated
to the preservation of the pit houses, burial mounds and the
distinctive, impressionistic black on white pottery of the Classical
Mimbreno Period. There
is great effort being expended to bring these few remaining, fragile
and irreplaceable sites under protection.
The valley is known more for what it gives than what it
receives and the folks who live here now respond to the natural
beauty and fascinating history with a sense of opportunity, freedom,
choice and hope.
Lifestyles vary but from the hardworking farmers to the skilled
artisans to the discerning retirees, this magical valley beckons to
everyone. Simple foods,
close families and good neighbors form the foundation of happiness
here. We invite you to
come for a visit. We
invite you to stay.
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