The Village of Galisteo is located in the Galisteo Basin. The community has been continuously occupied by a diverse collection of peoples and cultures since pre-historic times. The earliest known humans to inhabit the Galisteo Basin were Paleo Indians who arrived in the Basin as early as 7500 to 6000 B.C. The pueblo was abandoned in the 1780’s.
Several of the old Hispanic families of New Mexico can trace their roots there where many large sheep farms and homesteads once thrived. Today, the village community is located along the Galisteo Creek in the range grasses and arroyos of the Galisteo Basin. Galisteo is a thirty minute drive from Santa Fe and one of its fashionable village suburbs. The views are priceless mountain ranges. North and East of the Village is the Sangre de Cristo range, to the west is the Jemez and Ortiz and to the southwest is the Sandia and Manzanos. The landscape continues to draw and inspire the imagination. The artist, Agnes Martin was a long time resident along with Fritz Scholder whose home and studio were in Galisteo.
Galisteo continues as a filming location for several western movies including Silverado, Young Guns, The Cowboys and Crazy Heart. The village also was the background for two fantasy blockbusters, Thor and Legion. This year, REI donated $15,000 to develop a new multi-use trail and improve access and parking at the Galisteo Basin Preserve.