La Joya de Sevilleta
The modern town of La Joya was founded as a frontier outpost for protection of the Camino Real adjacent to the site of a seventeenth- century Piro pueblo. The village of La Joya de Sevilleta marks the lower end of Rio Abajo. For a time it was where caravans would gather and await the rest of the caravan and/or presidial troops who would escort them down the trail. The church and possibly the plaza, along with some ruins of structures, remain of this important village.