Corrales is a small, rural farming community nestled along the Rio Grande just outside the urban sprawl of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Historic acequias still fed by the Rio Grande continue to provide irrigation for fields of chiles, fruit trees, grapes, corn and beans. The Village is a haven for entrepreneurs, artists, and craftspeople and is a popular hub for art shows, concerts and festivals.
As early as 500 AD, ancestors of the present day pueblo people inhabited the Corrales Valley, followed by waves of Hispanic, European and American settlers who farmed the land and raised livestock. The Corrales Historical Society ensures the preservation of numerous historical buildings. Even "landmark" trees are preserved in Corrales. Adobe architecture, both historic and contemporary, is common in homes and businesses throughout the Village. Several historic buildings are superb examples of genuine adobe structures: Casa San Ysidro, the old San Ysidro Church (known locally as the "Old Church"), Casa Perea, and Casa Vieja. All are open to the public.
Corrales evokes a slow-paced, peaceful, bygone era. Generations of some families have lived here for centuries. Today, the Village's agrarian history is reflected in the Corrales Growers Market, numerous vineyards and wineries, scores of horse farms, alpaca and llama farms, and backyards with goats, mules, burros, chickens, and bee hives. Well-utilized hitching posts can be found at businesses around the Village (including the Post Office). Corrales has always been an "animal friendly" village and is known as the "Horse Capital of New Mexico." An abundance of wildlife also calls Corrales home, including rabbits, roadrunners, quail, raccoons, porcupines, skunks, many families of coyotes, and even an occasional bobcat or two. The best ways to experience nature in Corrales are to wander the numerous hiking, biking, and horse trails along the extensive network of acequias throughout the Village and to explore wooded trails through the Corrales Bosque Preserve.
Over the years, Corrales residents have created a volunteer fire department (now highly professional), a municipal library, art galleries, unique shops, cafés, pubs, wineries and breweries, and scores of volunteer committees and civic commissions to ensure that Corrales remains the quintessential New Mexico village it has always been.