In a state blessed with numerous cultural gems, the 148-acre Los Luceros ranch located north of Española along the Rio Grande near the village of Alcalde is special. The cultural site is surely one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historically significant properties.
The centerpiece of the historic Los Luceros ranch complex is a 5,700 square-foot, 18thcentury Territorial-style adobe home which was renovated by the Cabot Foundation in 2004 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property also includes a visitor’s center, director’s residence and a small gallery. In addition to the hacienda and the visitor center complex, the property contains three residences, an 18th century chapel, the original village jail, numerous farm buildings, apple orchards, irrigated pasture and bosque on the Rio Grande.
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, which purchased the Los Luceros property from the family of Frank and Ann Cabot in 2008, is the state’s cultural steward and is working to ensure the site’s preservation and integrity in perpetuity. The department’s intent is to bring together historic preservation, filmmaking education and training, agricultural and environmental interests. Los Luceros is currently – and will continue to be – used as a cultural destination with interpretative exhibits and public access; as a retreat center for workshops and seminars related to New Mexico’s film industry; crop-growing and environmental studies programs.
A recently completed master plan for the property will be the blueprint as the Department of Cultural Affairs increasingly – and responsibly – opens up the Los Luceros property for more and more public access.