- Historic Sites
Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center
The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the cultural and natural history of the area from the Indians and Hispanic settlers, the mountain men fur trappers and traders, to the later settlers who came in search of land, freedom, gold, and silver. Of special interest in the Del Norte area is the Old Spanish Trail. Between 1830 and 1848 the Trail was a major trade route running between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Traces of the original trail can still be seen in the area. This museum offers stimulating learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Visitors can view a comprehensive exhibit of Indian rock art here. Lecture series are offered, in addition to special programs for school children. Visitors also have the chance to browse through our gift store and view exhibits of contemporary regional artisans.