Monday, August 27, 2007


After driving the High Road on the way to Taos, we drove Highway 68 on the way back to Santa Fe. This road runs along the Rio Grande River and through part of the Rio Grande Gorge.

New Mexico Historical Marker

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This marker is located on Highway 68 in Pilar, New Mexico. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 36° 16.080 W 105° 47.324.

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In 1795, 25 families were granted land along the Rio Grande at Pilar, then known as Cieneguilla. The Battle of Cieneguilla was fought at Embudo Mountain near here in March 1854. A large force of Utes and Apaches inflicted heavy losses on 60 dragoons from Cantonment Burgwin near Taos.

Pilar is located on the southwestern edge of the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. The BLM managed recreation area is neslted along the banks of the Rio Grande and offers visitors a wide variety of recreation opportunities.

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