GPS Location: 36.939557, -106.989600
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History of Dulce, Establishment of Jicarilla Reservation, historic cemeteries, lodging
Dulce is situated on the Amargo river near its confluence
with the Navajo river.
Dulce was founded by the Gomez family as a ranching operation. The original name was "Agua Dulce," Spanish for "sweet water," because of the presence of natural springs that provided good drinking water for the people and their animals. The original homestead was founded in 1877 by Jose Eugenio Gomez. The Jicarilla Apache reservation was established in 1887 when the Apache people were forced into a reservation. The Gomez Ranch is currently kept under Manuel Gomez ownership, though surrounded by reservation land.
 Pagosa Country the First 50 Years, John Motter p16