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Tipi on the River., New Mexico
This is a magical slice of land on the northern banks of the Chama River and the southern edge of the irrigation ditch that nutures of of us. The tipi itself is nestled in a grove of cottonwoods, Read more...
This is a magical slice of land on the northern banks of the Chama River and the southern edge of the irrigation ditch that nutures of of us. The tipi itself is nestled in a grove of cottonwoods, the kitchen in a cottonwood and New Mexican privet grove and the hot tub is across the property in a glenn. We are biking or walking distance from Bode's General Store (and the Frosty Cow for ice cream) which is downtown Abiquiu, yet the place is secluded.
There were multiple pueblo peoples in the Chama valley and the Southern Utes came here for their winter camps. Then with the arrival of the conquistadors in the 1600s, the entire Abiquiu area was carved into land grants deeded by the Spanish Crown. This parcel was part of the Juan Jose Lovato grant. The large flat llanos, irrigated by acequias (irrigation ditches)were outside the pueblos so this are is know as Sylvestres or wilderness. This parcel is irrigated by the JP Gonzales ditch, still run in the same manner as when it was dug by hand in the 1700's. In the early 19th century this area was part of the Rancho de Abilquiu, the largest land owner in the Abiquiu area. Owners of the Rancho have included members wealthy New Mexicans, wealthy Texans and the last owner was Suitcase Simpson. Suitcase arrived at UNM in the in the 30's with so little his classmates joked that everything he owned would fit in a suitcase. He was an early investor in uranium mines in the Gallup area and became exceedingly wealthy. He lived too long and began to sell parts of the land in the 80's to continue to support his lifestyle. This piece is the first parcel on the acequia, so that it has water on two sides, a long thin slice between the ditch and the river. I have been in this valley since 1978 but on this piece of land only since 2004.