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The Grant brothers' camp was first called Grants Camp, then Grants Station, and finally Grants. The new city enveloped the existing colonial settlement of Los Alamitos and grew along the tracks of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.
The town prospered as a result of railroad logging in the nearby Zuni Mountains, and it served as a section point for the Atlantic and Pacific, which became part of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad empire.
After the decline of logging in the 1930s, Grants gained fame as the "carrot capital" of the United States. Agriculture was aided by the creation of Bluewater Reservoir, and the region's volcanic soils provided ideal conditions for farming. Grants also benefited from its location on U.S. Route 66, which brought tourists and travelers and the businesses that catered to them.
Mount Taylor abounds with scenic views, boasts the highest elevation in Northwestern NM at 11,301 feet and offers year-round recreation. May through October is the best time for hiking, wildflower viewing and primitive camping. When the snow falls many enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing. For the casual driver, scenic trips offer beautiful views of the Mount Taylor Peak from numerous vantage points. Hiking Gooseberry Trail leads to the summit of Mount Taylor.
Tucked away in beautiful Northwest New Mexico is a charming mountain range called the Zuni Mountains. Mt. Sedgwick rises 9256 feet over Ponderosa pine forests, colorful aspen lined canyons, and green topped red mesas. The Continental Divide runs through the middle and the Zuni’s have several flowing streams draining large, wet flowering meadows.
Native peoples, conquistadors, early land grant settlers, miners, loggers, and ranchers have come in contact with the land. In the early 1900's much of the Zuni Mountain range was purchased for watershed protection and placed under the care of the U.S. Forest Service. Forest and meadow conditions have gradually improved since then and Zuni Mountains are once again a jewel.
Bluewater Lake State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located in the Zuni Mountains 40 miles west of Grants. The park itself encompasses approximately 3,000 acres, and the lake has a surface area of approximately 1,200 acres.
Trail #77 climbs approximately 2.5 miles to the top of 11,301 feet high Mt. Taylor. The change in elevation of around 2,126 feet makes this a challenging round trip hike of 4 to 5 hours. The trailhead is located in the mixed conifer vegetation type at 9,175 feet. At 9,500 feet you enter the spruce-fir type, one of the highest vegetation zones in the Southwest. The hiker has the opportunity to see varied flora and fauna, as well as enjoy the interesting geological formations of the area. Summer and fall are the best times to enjoy the beautiful vistas of this mountain hike. Keep in mind weather conditions as you plan your hike. On a clear day you can even see into Colorado from the summit. Please remember that Mt. Taylor is sacred to American Indians and to respect their beliefs.
Come to the El Malpais Visitor Center located at 1900 E. Santa Fe Avenue, Grants, N.M. to plan your adventure.
Located in the El Malpais National Monument hiking and backcountry exploring can be found in the El Calderon Area. From the winding trenches that were once glowing rivers of lava, to the sloping hills of a long quite volcano, you can imaging the forces that created the area. Where else, but a volcano, can you see what created the rocks beneath your feet. This is where geology comes to life. Located 20 miles south of Grants on NM53, generally accessible year round.
An easy drive leads to a ridge of sandstone offering excellent vistas of El Malpais lava flows and surrounding countryside. Excellent spot for photos or even to picnic.
Where lava flowed near the base of 500 foot high sandstone cliffs, enjoy solitude and scenic views while hiking the Narrows rim trail. Travel down NM117 roadway to catch a glimpse of this majestic view.
This ancient trade route crosses 4 of the area's major lava flows. The hike is a strenuous 7.5 miles one way over rugged lava terrain. The Zuni-Acoma Trail crosses the lava flows of El Malpais and has been in use for… centuries.
From Canada to Mexico the 3100 miles of the Continental Divide Trail traverse remote and spectacular landscapes, a portion of this national trail crosses El Malpais. The Los Volcanos segment is 100 miles of unique and ruggedly beautiful terrain. Grants has been designated as a CDT Gateway Community.
2001 George Hanosh Boulevard Grants, NM (505) 285-5544
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