Los Luceros Summer Program

by Editor / Jun 17, 2018 / 0 comments
 Casa Grande is an 18th-century, Territorial style adobe home at Los Luceros

Los Luceros Historic Site Summer Program Series

Los Luceros Historic Property in Alcalde celebrated Father’s Day Sunday with the second of five programs that will be open to the public. The program, “Healing on the Rio Grande”, featured a tour of an 18th-century chapel, a Curanderismo presentation by Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres and a tour of the Casa Grande. The Casa Grande is a 5700 square-foot, 18th-century Territorial-style adobe home located on the property.

Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres gave a curanderismo presentation on the second floor of the Casa Grande, explaining the uses of various herbs and the meaning behing certain charms and bracelets.

In addition, a bonus Father’s Day Activity was offered. Casey Harthorne of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offered lessons on how to cast and participants were allowed to fish the section of the Rio Grande that flows through the property.


Casey Harthorn of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish shows Eliohn Torres how to cast.

“It was wonderful weather and a good day for fishing,” Harthorn said. “The catching was a little slow.”

The 148-acre property features irrigated pastures and apple orchard. A majestic stand of old cottonwood trees lines the bosque along the Rio Grande. In addition to the chapel (capilla), the original village jail, numerous farm buildings, a small gallery and a visitor’s center are on the property.

The 18th-century capilla (chapel) at Los Luceros.

The interior of the capilla at Los Luceros.


Cottonwoods at Los Luceros.


Ethan Ortega, Instructional Coordinator for New Mexico Historic Sites Northern Region with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, conducted the tour of the Casa Grande. The Department of Cultural Affairs purchased the property in 2008.


Ethan Ortega of the Department of Cultural Affairs conducted a tour of Casa Grande.

“This place is very special to our Director, Patrick Moore,” Ortega said. “Along with Amigos de Los Luceros and Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the program focuses on the culture and nature component in Northern New Mexico. There are lectures and tours with a different theme every month.”

The programs are scheduled every third Sunday of each month. Future themes include: Water Brings Life (July 15), Spanish Colonial Life (Aug. 19), Apple Harvest (Sept. 16).


Part of the apple orchard at Los Luceros. An apple harvest festival will be held Sept. 15 as part of the summer program.

The Los Luceros Historic Site is located about 10 miles north of Espanola. Taking U. S. Highway 68 north, look for signs indicating a left turn to the Los Luceros Historic Site.