Although closely related to and only a couple of miles distance from Santa Ysabel, the Mesa Grande band is a group that cherishes a singular independence.
The place is rather remote, very quiet, and scenic, high on a group of hills above the forests of Black Canyon (part of Cleveland National Forest). In winter it is often covered with a mantle of snow. For their living during the year, the families here commute to nearby towns, but also keep some horses, cows, and a few farms in a variety of frame, rock, adobe and mobile homes on 920 acres of land (some newly- acquired from the Bureau of Land Management). The land itself is interesting, unspoiled country, typical of high 3500' plateaus of southern Cost Range.