NAME: Tierra Amarilla
COUNTY: Rio Arriba
CLIMATE: Hot in Summer, Cold Winter, typical for 7000+ feet elevation in Northern New Mexico
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter in that order
COMMENTS: Currently occupied but not conspicuously. Located just off U. S. Highway 84, a mile or so South of the Rio Brazos.
REMAINS: Numerous remains in varying conditions.
Tierra Amarilla is the County seat of Rio Arriba County, a part of the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant of the mid 1800s. May be a few hundred souls remaining in the area, but primarily because it is the County seat. Occupied buildings on the main drag are the Rio Arriba County Courthouse and Office Building, the police station, and maybe a get-n-go. As can be seen from the pictures of Tio's Ballroom and the Old Motel, it has the air of a town by-passed by the highway and time. While the residents might resist the Ghost Town label (and of course it's not a true Ghost), it is a mere shadow of its former self. A fascinating stop if headed up or down the road between Durango and Santa Fe. Submitted by: Mike and Diana McDanel

Trading Post
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Old Motel
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Main Street Fixer Upper
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Tio's Ballroom
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Needs Some Work!
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Rio Arriba County Courthouse
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