We are situated just south and west of the Zuni Mountains, at an altitude of about 7000 feet. We are not far from the continental divide, near El Morro and El Malpais National Monuments, in an area where prehistoric Indians once resided among the beautiful sandstone mesas and canyons.
The vistas are breathtaking, and the skies are a deep blue. Highway 53, accessing our area, has been designated a New Mexico Scenic Byway, also called the Ancient Way.
We are an extended community of artists, writers, archaeologists, educators, medical personnel, State and Federal employees, cowboys, Indians, sheepherders, ranchers and farmers, sprinkled around the little town of Ramah, settled by Mormon Pioneers in the 1880s.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Of interest to visitors is a weekly summertime Farmers Market, fishing on picturesque Ramah Lake, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, the Ramah Museum, and El Morro Area Arts Council featuring performance events, a gallery and social programs. Don't miss the Annual Ancient Way Fall Festival, an 80 mile party on Rt. 53 during the first week of October.
Six National Parks and Monuments, Cibola National Forest, and four Indian Pueblos are located not far from us. Most of the land here is in a checkerboard configuration with Federal Indian Lands.
SERVICES AND CONVENIENCES
We have three cafes, the Old School Art gallery and community center, a trading post, a service station, two convenience stores, an RV park, a Senior citizens center, and Elementary and High Schools. For medical attention or major shopping needs, we drive aproximately 50 miles to Gallup or Grants.
THE TOP 10 UP AND COMING DESTINATIONS FOR 2006
by The Frommer's Staff - December 1, 2005
"Looking for a recommendation on the next must-see place? As the New Year approaches, it's time to consider where you'll want to go next year. We've selected 10 places that are coming into their own; they're not swarmed with tourists, and travelers can still find bargains to get there.
The diverse culture and history surrounded by open prairies and pink buttes is why we have selected Ramah, New Mexico as an up and coming destination. The city itself is rich with Mormon history, although the mix of ancestral roots from Spanish settlers to Texan bean farmers can be seen. Bordered by the Zuni and Ramah Navajo Reservations, the intense pride for their heritage seems to radiate everywhere. The El Morro National Monument is a centuries old collection of messages inscribed on a sandstone rock by Native Americans, Spaniards and other travelers.
A Must: The Ramah Farmers Market, where locals bring lettuce, spinach, beets, onions and carrots sit on tables and in bins amid the honey-like scent of flowers happens every weekend. Stop to enjoy a hazelnut cookie or raspberry tarts. Live guitar music lilts out across irrigated fields where horses and cattle graze."