Truchas

The colony of Truchas was established by a royal land grant in 1754 with settlers from Chimayó and Santa Cruz (near Española). It purpose was to create a buffer between other Spanish settlements and the nomadic Apache and Comanche bands who often raided both Spanish villages and Indian pueblos. Hence, it was built as a walled compound around a plaza.

The courageous and hardy settlers of Truchas hand-dug miles of acequias (irrigation ditches) to bring water from the trout-filled river that gave the town its name (Río de las Truchas means "river of trout"). Although today's residents still work their farms, many also commute to jobs in Santa Fe or Los Alamos. A few still make their living as traditional craftspeople alongside the many outstanding Anglo artists and galleries that have been drawn to Truchas and its magnificent mountain views.

State Road 76 turns left as you enter Truchas, but first, go straight into the village on County Road 75. Here are numerous galleries, open studios, and a community site showing the work of several artists. After you've "done" this part of Truchas, go back, take the turn made by SR 76 toward Taos, and meander among more galleries on your way to Ojo Sarco.

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High Road Art Gallery

High Road MarketPlace

Artists' Co-op in Truchas. More than 75 artists.
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Judith Hert Studios

Judith Hert Studios

Both abstract and representational paintings
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Casa Sandoval

Casa Sandoval

Fused glass jewelry and functional plates/platters, functional pottery, honey
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Hand Artes Gallery

Hand Artes Gallery

Fine art, folk art, paintings, sculpture
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eL Gallery & Studio

eL Gallery & Studio

eRic Luplow's Sur-Folk¸ watercolors - a collision between surrealism and folk art
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Atelier Ceque

Atelier Ceque

Oil pastel and collage, mixed media and oil paintings
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Ghost Pony Gallery

Ghost Pony Gallery

Trish Booth & Leonardo Pieterse: paintings and mixed media creations
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Bill Loyd and Anna Karin Studio Gallery

Bill Loyd & Anna Karin Studio Galleries

Recycled steel / fine art