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The way in is a beautiful, winding road that follows along an ancient way traveled for over 1000 years by the puebloan peoples of the Zuni and Acoma Pueblos, the Spanish Conquistadors in search of the 7 cities of gold, and the American pioneers seeking a better life out west. The road winds through tall ponderosa pines, past a mountain chain of volcanic craters, vast lava fields, steadily climbing over the Continental Divide, and then winding down into the awe inspiring El Morro Valley Area at 7800 feet above sea level.
One of the most remarkable, amazing aspects of El Morro Valley, besides the wild natural beauty, the rich, ancient cultural history and hundreds of Anasazi ruins, is the amazing “live and let live” community that calls this remote place home. Our community is made up a very unique collection of open minded homesteaders, artists, retirees, entrepreneurs, hippies, & individualists… all here to “Get Back To Nature”. Most of us live on our own land, widely scattered over a vast, sparsely populated high desert region from Zuni Pueblo, 30 miles West, to the Continental Divide, 15 miles to the East, and from the foot of the Zuni Mountains 10 miles to the north, to Candy Kitchen and Pinehill, 15 miles to the south.
Living along this ancient way is not for everyone. Many excited folks move here expecting a life in paradise and within a year or two they are gone. It takes a special type of person to endure all the challenges we face… the remoteness, lack of services, 100+ mile round trip to Gallup or Grants for groceries (and hardware, pharmacy, medical services, banks, etc), long muddy dirt roads, very slow satellite internet, no streaming movies, cold winters, short 4 month growing season, long dry spells, flash floods, 7800’ altitude, the wildness, the silence and the solitude. For those of us who can embrace these “hardships” with a smile, the rewards of living here are truly wonderful.
Some homesteaders jokingly refer to our community thusly…