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Visiting Corrales

August 6th, 2009
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The Village of Corrales is a small, treasured oasis located within a large, fast-growing metropolitan area. The village is bordered on the east by the Rio Grande and, across the river, by the Sandia Indian Reservation. To the south is the City of Albuquerque while to the west and north is the City of Rio Rancho. The greater metropolitan area numbers well over a half million people, but Corrales, about 7300 in population, aggressively strives to retain a rural lifestyle.

Prehistoric sites indicate the Corrales Valley has been occupied as early as 500 A.D. when the ancestors of the present-day Indian Pueblos derived sustenance from the fertile valley. Subsequent populations, including Hispanic, European and American families, settled here to raise grapes, apples, and livestock. Today, Corrales is distinguished by its broad green pastures and orchards, its rich historic and artistic character, and of course the sounds and scents of roosters, cows, horses and sheep. To cross the borders into Corrales is to step into another time and place where the stresses of twenty-first century life give way to the grace and pace of another era.

Corrales: A Treasured Oasis

July 16th, 2009

Nestled between Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, the small village of Corrales, New Mexico is truly deserving of its oasis reputation. The Spanish name translates as ‘corrals’ and the name still rings true to its rural beginnings. Tucked along the Rio Grande, this lush and verdant valley village has retained its country character. Scattered among the homes are pastures with grazing horses, small farms and orchards yielding local agricultural treats along with their renowned Farmers’ Market.

Sumptuous eateries and shops tout locally made treasures. Bed and breakfast accommodations abound, providing a restful escape with a taste of the good country life, just a stone’s throw away from its metropolitan neighbors.

History lives on in this historic Alameda Land Grant Area with great examples of Spanish architecture such as Casa San Ysidro and mission style San Ysidro Church. Outdoor activities await, from horseback riding adventures and biking trails that meander along the river’s paths. The Corrales Bosque Preserve provides bird lovers with access to this wooded wildlife sanctuary. Nearby golf courses offer another type of ‘birdie’ experience. Corrales is truly a treasured oasis, offering an abundance of adventures.

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