ST. JOSEPH APACHE MISSION / MESCALERO
Time & Location
About the Event
We first visit the expansive stone “Apache Cathedral” and the Apache Christ icon housed there. The church underwent a comprehensive restoration that began in 2000 and is among the most outstanding historic religious structures in New Mexico.
After St. Joseph we regroup on the far side of the reservation, in Three Rivers, and drive partially on dirt roads to the rarely seen St. Patrick, built of local stone around 1929. En route we stop at Santo Niño de Atocha chapel, where votive offerings are plentiful.
The tour is guided by Frank Graziano and one of the restoration principals, Harry Vasile. This is a self-drive tour; we carpool as feasible. If you are coming from a distance, lodging and meals are on your own in Ruidoso or Alamogordo, or at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. Lunch is included on the day of the tour. A visit after the tour to the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is highly recommended. https://www.blm.gov/visit/three-rivers-petroglyph-site