Grants Travel Guide
Grants Local History
This area has been occupied since about the 12th century and the Native Americans also made their home in this area, building pueblos and small villages throughout Western New Mexico. Grants started out as a base camp for the railroad in the late 1870's. The Grant brothers Angus, Lewis and John were contracted to build the railroad through this area. It was first known as Grant's Camp then became Grant's Station; it is now known simply as Grants.
Homesteaders and settlers came through and settled in the area in the late 1800's. The area was rich in grazing pastures and water and it made an ideal place to settle especially for the cattle and sheep ranchers. In the nearby Zuni Mountains logging camps were started.
In the 1950's Paddy Martinez discovered strange yellow rocks in the Haystack Mountains; this led to the discovery of uranium which was in great demand at the time. This discovery led to a boom for Grants, unfortunately by the 1980's the demand had diminished and the big spenders had left the town.
Today Grants continues to grow with modern highways meeting ancient crossroads. It is a multifaceted town which offers the visitor a different type of vacation.
Grants Parks & Gardens
Bluewater Lake State Park Prewitt. This Park is found 28 miles west of Grants via the I-40 and NM412 route. Rolling hills with pinon and juniper trees surrounding the lake. The Park offers camping, picnic sites, fishing, boating and many more activities.The avid fisherman will find plenty of rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and catfish. Birdwatchers will enjoy the many different birds in this park. There is also a playground for the children. The park is open daily.
Grants Restaurants and Bars
El Cafecito 820 E. Santa Fe Ave. This cafe is a favourite with the locals and serves Mexican American cuisine. The interior is brightly lit with Saltillo tiles on the floor and they serve really good, tasty food such as enchiladas, burgers and stuffed sopaipillas. This is a good family restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Their breakfasts are economical and huge. The cafe is open Mon Fri 7am -9pm; Sat 7am -8pm.
La Ventana 110 1/ 2 Geis St. This restaurant, found in the Hillcrest centre is popular with the local residents. The interior is decorated in South-western style. If the weather is good, select the patio for your meal. The restaurant offers New Mexican cuisine, steaks and salads. The chicken fajita and prime rib are quite good. The service is friendly. As this is a popular restaurant reservations are recommended.
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