The Mora Valley Area
It is believed that the first Europeans crossing the plains from the east followed this valley into the mountains on their way to Santa Fe.
Spanish explorers passed through here as well as Mexican soldiers and later Chinese and Irish immigrants, French Canadian trappers, and gamblers on their way to Las Vegas or Loma Parda.
Some traders trying to avoid the tax at the Port of Entry further south, would cut across this valley.
Mora had grown up as an hispanic town supported by agriculture and sheep herds. A beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, this area is home now to one of the largest herds of Alpaca which you can visit , a long tradition of weaving, local artisans, and many outdoor activities.
Be sure to visit the La Cueva Historic District and the Salmon Ranch where you can pick rasberries in season.