About Cuba: The area currently called Cuba has a long and interesting history. Native Americans have occupied the area near the village for hundreds of years. In the 1700s Spanish ranchers and farmers settled the area. There are many large ranches and farms in Cuba and the surrounding areas. Cattle, sheep, and goats are the primary livestock raised. There are several stories that explain how Cuba got its name. One story claims that the name came from the Spanish word for water tank/trough, Cubeta Cuba was once surrounded by a great deal of water. Another popular story claims that the name came from soldiers who had visited the island of Cuba and felt the landscape resembled that of the island. The Cuba area is known for its wildlife and beautiful views. Cuba, and indeed all of New Mexico, is known for its spectacular sunsets. If one were to look at the nearby mountains during a particularly good evening they would think they were afire from the red glow of the setting sun. Cuba is also an ideal area for hunting, or wildlife spotting. Herds of elk, and deer roam the nearby foothills, and the Jicarilla Reservation. The high number of large private ranches in the Cuba and Lindrith areas combined with high deer and elk population attracts hunters from all over the world. The village of Cuba has a population under 1000. However, it serves an area with a population approaching 5,000. It is also a favorite stop for travelers on NM 44/US 550, a major highway connecting central New Mexico with the Four Corners region. The village is at the base of the Nacimiento Mountain Range and at the edge of the Navajo Reservation, Jicarilla Reservation and the Jemez Pueblo.