VILLANUEVA, EL CERRITO, & SAN MIGUEL DEL VADO
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This tour combines three unique experiences along the Pecos River.
We first visit one of New Mexico’s largely undiscovered treasures: the colcha embroidery panels at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Villanueva. The interior walls of the church are lined with forty-one panels—265 feet—of crewel embroidery on homespun cotton. These tapestries were made in the 1970s by a collective of thirty-six local women. The panels are framed in cholla and depict religious, cultural, social, and historical themes pertinent to Villanueva and the Pecos valley. Mellie Gonzales, who leads the tours at the church, provides insights and explanations as we walk the church to view the panels.
After a picnic lunch on the grounds of the parish hall we drive in caravan to visit Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados in the completely charming, secluded village of El Cerrito.
The tour then visits one of the most historically important churches in New Mexico, San Miguel del Vado. NMSU anthropologist Kelly Jenks, who has done significant archeological work in San Miguel, gives a short talk regarding this land-grant town on the Santa Fe Trail, followed by a walking tour to nearby historic sites.
Tour leader Frank Graziano, author of Historic Churches of New Mexico Today, provides context throughout the day.
Transportation is by self-drive caravan—in your own car—and includes six miles of good unpaved road (twelve miles roundtrip) en route to El Cerrito. (The El Cerrito portion of the trip is contingent on weather and road conditions.) We carpool as much as possible to minimize the length of the caravan. Food and drink are not included in the tour; please bring your own lunch. There are drink and limited food options in the Villanueva stores across from and adjacent to the church.
The tour begins at 10:30 am and ends around 4:30 pm. The group meets in San Miguel del Vado on Route 3, which is 2.3 miles south of I-25 at exit 323, approximately forty-five miles from Santa Fe. Please note that the tour is on a Tuesday.
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