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Explore the unique and interesting history of the region by swinging by the Frijole Ranch History Museum. Given its proximity to numerous springs, this ranch was a popular area for settlement. Native American tribes initially occupied the area; mescal pits, petroglyphs, and other artifacts have been found nearby.

The first building in the area was constructed in 1876 by the Rader brothers who worked a small cattle ranch. After they moved on in the late 1800s, the area was occupied by many families over the following years. The complex grew, and the ranch eventually became a community center, hosting social gatherings and dances for the larger community.

When the ranch was bought by the Hunter family in 1942, they took steps toward making the area a park and in 1966 the ranch was sold to the National Park Service. After this, the ranch became a ranger residence until 1980 after which it was used as an office for park operations. Finally, in 1992 it was turned into a museum and opened to the public.

Short Walk: The ranch is easily accessible and located at the end of the road, just north of the visitor center.

Family Friendly: A great spot to learn about some history!

Gem Type: Historic Site

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Nov 11, 2020
Tom Herr
Historic ranch from late 1800's made into a museum. The spring in the front yard made it an oasis.
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