who we are


The Black Range is located in southwestern New Mexico in the United States.  Both its natural history and its cultural history are diverse and complex.

It ranges in elevation from about 5,000 feet to about 10,000 feet, vegetation varies from Chihuahuan Desert to pine-oak forests.  As a result both the flora and fauna are varied and the ecosystems are complex.  Geologically the Black Range is the center of Emory caldera, one of the largest in the world.  Culturally, the area has been inhabited by various Indian cultures, the Spanish and Mexican peoples, and Anglos.

Mining has been the major economic factor in the boom and bust economy of the area.  As a result the area is dotted with abandoned mines and communities.

There is an amazing amount of art that goes on in these hills.  Visit our Artists and Writers section for a listing of artists and their works.  We define art as something of beauty made by human hands so the artistic media that you find referenced on these pages is not only beautiful but varied. 

The Writer’s Forum provides a location for the unpublished works of our local writers.  And in a separate section, contains definitive listings of the published works of our writers.

We love our music.  On a casual drive through Hillsboro you can easily encounter impromptu music happening on someone’s porch.  The HCC is an established music venue which offers one or more concerts a month by regional - national - international acts.

Kingston, in particular, is a place to visit to learn about cost-effective and environmentally responsible building
techniques such as straw-bale and rammed earth building.  Classes are often taught on these subjects.  And of course many of the people in the Black Range are at the cutting edge of rain water harvesting and the use of solar and wind to provide energy.  As an aside, this is not new.  The people here have used passive solar and thumb wall techniques for centuries.  Many of the structures in our towns are made from adobe bricks made from the mud in our hills.  The use of wind to pump water is evidenced by the windmills scattered across our landscape and found in our towns.

Want to understand the people who live in the Black Range a bit more?  The Free Range is a moderated open access blog open to all. 

Lastly, in recognition of the fact that we live in an incredibly pretty place and many of us cherish our natural history, The Natural Observer, provides information about the latest happenings in the natural world - in the Black Range.

There are other sites which reflect the heritage and natural history of the Black Range.  Visit our link farm to those sites.


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