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Arroyo FAQ: More Than A Santa Fe Dry Stream

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161

Meet "Arroyo" and Arroyo Barranca!

In Santa Fe, New Mexico an "Arroyo" is a dry rivulet or small stream. Most of the year our Arroyos are dry, except during Monsoons of July to August, our rainy season, when the water transforms them into a running drainage channels.  

Santa Fe's nearly 20 arroyos have fed the Santa Fe river for over 400 years to keep it flowing. The Santa Fe Watershed is beyond important to Santa Fe's water heath. This short video from the Santa Fe Watershed Association will give you an overview and show you how you can help keep our rain water here and let it filter into our aquifers. 


The map below shows you the Arroyo Barranca location. It is approximately 2 miles, running north to south through almost the center of the northside foothills of the private Vista Encandata Neighborhood Subdivision. It is accessible from Fort Marcy Park or Calle Estado near the Governor's Mansion or from Camino Encandato where it ends. It is accessible from downtown and a place where you will find local walkers and visitors alike. 


Our Santa Fe arroyos, like our water, are important to our community.  Once you meet an arroyo, you will discover another story about what makes Santa Fe the City Different. Help us keep them clean and help us make them better in any way you can. These arroyos give our community life!

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Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a beautiful photo, and the video provides a nice view of your Santa Fe Dry Stream environment, Emily.

Oct 01, 2022 04:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Emily, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 01, 2022 04:27 PM
Emily Medvec

Myrl Jeffcoat LOL I was so excited about the feature I replied to myself! Thank you so much for your kind words and support. It means alot as I return to be in the Rain!

Oct 03, 2022 07:01 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Wowee! Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for this surprise. With your help I hope we can spread the word about our Santa Fe arroyos.  I see you have evolved from being an awesome Realtor to an ActiveRain gem. 

Oct 01, 2022 04:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's an interesting overview of arroyos. I'd heard the word before, and I've been to Sante Fe and other NM spots before, but didn't know what an arroyo actually was. Thanks for the education!

Oct 02, 2022 04:45 AM
Emily Medvec

Without arroyos we would be a LOW desert vs. HIGH desert landscape. Kat Palmiotti next time your are here let me know. BTW I currently have a client talking about MT so we should connect. 

Oct 03, 2022 07:03 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Emily Medvec - absolutely on both accounts! My parents both passed away in Albuquerque and they are buried there.  I will definitely visit at some point.

Oct 03, 2022 05:58 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

The area sounds wonderful, Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week!

Oct 02, 2022 05:33 AM
Emily Medvec

Thank you and I love our landscape even with its challenges. Bill Salvatore - East Valley you are not far so we do share some of the desert beauty.

Oct 03, 2022 07:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Emily,

Your Santa Fe arroyos, like your water, is important to our community. Your video provides a nice overview of your Santa Fe Dry Stream environment. I can see why its important to spread the word about your Santa Fe arroyos. Quite interesting..I learned a lot from your post today!

Oct 02, 2022 05:53 AM
Emily Medvec

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX It was a few minutes as I was dragging the trash bins out onto my dirt road that I spoke to a neighbor and Board member of our HOA about adopting this arroyo. It is amazing how an image can turn into a blog and now something else! Thanks for your encouragement and support here.

Oct 03, 2022 07:08 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never given much thought to arroyos, I think we have them in my area as well.  They do seem very important to handle the amount of water that comes about during monsoon season.

Oct 02, 2022 06:20 AM
Emily Medvec

Brian England here we need to capture the water as it is so precious. Thanks for your comment and support.

Oct 03, 2022 07:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Emily and what a great picture for you to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great Sunday

Oct 02, 2022 08:58 AM
Emily Medvec

Will Hamm thank you. I appreciate your Sunday wishes and will carry them into the week! Let's so some business as you are just up the road!

Oct 03, 2022 07:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Emily, great information about your streams, and we are still getting afternoon monsoon weather.

Oct 02, 2022 09:04 AM
Emily Medvec

Like you Joan Cox we are experiencing a long monsoon. It rained last night again! No complaints we need the water!

Oct 03, 2022 07:13 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Great photo and good information Emily Medvec thanks for sharing.

Oct 02, 2022 04:42 PM
Emily Medvec

Hi Jim Patton good to see you again. Thank for your support.

Oct 03, 2022 07:14 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

That photo is beautiful! I had heard the word arroyo but did not realize how important they are as a water source for your area. It's amazing how different things are in different parts of the country. 

Oct 02, 2022 08:06 PM
Emily Medvec

Thank you Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate yes, water is critical here and it only comes from rain so keeping it will keep Santa Fe alive and beautiful. I know it is hard for you and others in other parts of FL now. Please keep us posted.

Oct 03, 2022 07:17 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Emily Medvec - I have never been to Sante Fe but always intrigued and if I could, I would! This post was so educational and informative. Now I am even more motivated to get there one day. I knew nothing about arroyos. Your videos were very educational!

Oct 08, 2022 03:21 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Well Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP when you visit Santa Fe we can finally meet! Remember to let me know you are on your way. 

Oct 08, 2022 03:28 PM