Tularosa gets its name from the Spanish description for the red rose colored reeds growing along the banks of the Rio Tularosa. Nicknamed “the city of roses”, the Village of Tularosa dazzles people with its incredible views of scenic New Mexico. Tularosa thrives at the base of the Sacramento Mountains, welcoming visitors and new residents with open arms. Enjoy the close-knit community with its historic charm and friendly residents. Tularosa is the gateway to Ruidoso and the Mescalero Indian reservation (home of the Inn of the Mountain Gods) and is located northeast of White Sands Monument, north of Alamogordo, east of White Sands Missile Range, and west of the Lincoln National Forest. Please visit the Village’s official website to discover Tularosa for yourself. http://www.villageoftularosa.com/
The Rio Tularosa, which still exits along the north side of the village, attracted the original settlers as a water source in the desert. In 1860 the first settlers to the Tularosa area began attempting to establish a settlement near the Rio Tularosa, but were not successful. Two years later Hispanic farmers from the Rio Grande valley tried again, successfully, and in 1863 the Village of Tularosa was formally established and mapped with forty-nine blocks and water rights distributed and recorded. The original acequia (ditch irrigation system) remains virtually unchanged and provides the water for the trees lining the streets, private gardens, and the landscaping that gives Tularosa it unique character. In 1979 the Tularosa Original Townsite District, consisting of the original forty-nine blocks on 1400 acres including 182 buildings, was declared a historic district and recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. Please visit http://www.villageoftularosa.com/visitors/history.html.
Today Tularosa thrives with its small businesses and hometown people. Most residents know each other, and this familiarity creates a wonderful environment for rearing children. Many homes still have the look and feel of their past (with the addition of modern conveniences), and to keep this historic charm, newer buildings are constructed to mimic those built in the past.