The Tularosa Acequias

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The original settlers of Tularoas planted orchards, built homes and the area became prosperous. Forty-nine blocks of the new village were plotted with allocated irrigation rights.

The acequias (irrigation ditches) carried the clear mountain water that nourished the fruit trees. This period of the town's history was idyllic and categorized as the Golden Age. Some of the original block-long adobe homes still exist, their walls decorated with lovely murals.

The acequias still exist and are in use today. The water is distributed on a rotating schedule and is used to water the yards and orchards of Tularosa by flood irrigation.

It is along these acequias that you can find an abundance of roses - modern roses, old garden roses, and survivors from the original wild roses that gave Tularosa its name.

Last updated 04/15/2002