Pilar in Fall

Posted on October 24, 2012

Pilar (previously known as Cieneguilla) is a small town on the edge of Taos County. It is located along the rift that directs the Rio Grande through northern New Mexico.

The name comes from the Spanish word “ciĆ©naga” which means “marsh” or “marshy place”. The swampy ground is caused by several streams running across a small flood plain formed by a bend in the Rio Grande. Because the area featured a flat plain with a constant source of water, it was long frequented by the Jicarilla Apaches. – Wikipedia