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Los Luceros Open House Saturdays~ Bald Eagles and Yellow-Billed Cuckoos Fly at Robert Redford’s Milagro at Los Luceros

October 31, 2010

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Karen Rivera

Long a mecca for birders and New Mexican history buffs, the Los Lucero Estate, now the home of Robert Redford’s Milagro at Los Luceros, will have an open house this Saturday, November 6 from 10-3 with local musicans, artists and tours.

Milagro at Los Luceros is a collaboration that includes Robert Redford, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New Mexico Film Office. Previously open by appointment only, Los Luceros’ open house will show off the renovations paid for by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In use since 1350 by the Tewa people of Pfiogue Pueblo, the property was acquired in 1693 by Luis Maria Ortiz. The Territorial-style main house, called Casa Grande, and the 148-acre property was bought by Mary Cabot Wheelwright in the early 1920’s and stayed in the family until it was sold to the state in 2008. Mary Wheelwright founded the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.

The historic hacienda  is on New Mexico’s Register of Cultural Properties and on the National Park Services National Register of Historic Places and is the home base of Robert Redford’s Milagro at Los Luceros. Plans are to use it as a cultural destination with interpretive exhibitions and public access and for retreats and seminars related to the film industry. The first series of workshops kicked off in May. Information and schedules for Milagro at Los Luceros is available at New Mexico’s State Film Office website.

For birders, a short walk down the estate’s shady paths will give visitor’s a chance to mingle with shaggy sheep and look for an assortment of  birds including the resident Bald Eagles, Bank Swallows, Lewis’ Woodpecker, Mountain Sandhill Cranes, Townsend’s Solitaires, Western Bluebirds, and White-faced Wood Ducks.


33 miles north of Santa Fe, Los Luceros is just past the Onate Memorial. Take NM 68 north from Espanola. Go past the Onate Memorial. On the right is a sign. Turn left and drive down a short road. Watch out for the speed bumps. At the stop sign, turn left into the parking lot.

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