About New Mexico


New Mexico

New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.

Formerly a Spanish colony after conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, then a Mexican colony until the Mexican-American War of the 1840s, and then an American territory until New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912, New Mexico still has a large native Spanish-speaking population as well as many Native American communities, offering a unique culture that clearly stands apart from that of other states.

Spanish is the official second language. New Mexico has a fantastic natural scenery, a major fine arts scene centered around Santa Fe, great outdoor recreational opportunities, and a distinctive regional cuisine.

Understanding New Mexico starts with grasping the overpowering importance of two of its geological features: the Rio Grande, which bisects the state north to south, and the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southernmost range of the Rocky Mountains and a part of the same large-scale geological structure that produces the Rio, the "Rio Grande rift." The eastern third of the state is an extension of the Great Plains both geographically and culturally and has more in common with the western parts of Texas and Oklahoma than with the rest of New Mexico.

The New Mexico horse industry produces goods and services valued at $503 million. The national industry has a $759 million impact on the New Mexico economy when the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees is taken into account. 91,100 New Mexicans are involved with horses, either as horse owners, service providers, employees, or volunteers. Even more participate as spectators. The New Mexico horse industry directly provides 35,700 full-time equivalent jobs. Spending by suppliers and employees (in New Mexico and other states) generates additional jobs in New Mexico for a total employment impact of 45,000. There are 147,000 horses in New Mexico, over 60 percent of which are involved in showing and recreation.

  New Mexico in Numbers :
img Horse Population : Approximately 65,000
img Total Economic Impact: $ -- billion
img Capital : Santa Fe
img Population : 1,928,384
img Land area : 121,356 sq. miles
img Counties : 33
img Highest Point : Wheeler Peak:  13,161 feet
img Lowest Point : Red Bluff lake : 2,817 feet
img 10 largest Cities:
  • Albuquerque: 494,236
  • Las Cruces: 82,671
  • Santa Fe: 70,631
  • Rio Rancho: 66,599
  • Roswell: 45,199
  • Farmington: 43,161
  • Alamogordo: 36,245
  • Clovis: 33,357
  • Hobbs: 29,006
  • Carlsbad: 25,300
Pending / 640 Acre Ranch

Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico

Would you like a home on the range for horses and other livestock? This property is just 19 miles from Portales, home of Eastern New Mexico University, and 5 miles west of Dora on Highway 114. A thee bedroom brick home with a two car garage, all furniture, a riding lawn mower and a 1992 Dodge truck are included. The property has two wells for domestic and livestock use, some out buildings, and a pole barn. Your home on the range is waiting for you to move in with antelope, quail, deer, and some coyotes howling at night. This is truly a great place for horses and livestock. The property sits on a paved road so bring your suitcase and horses and move in.

Helen Owen

640.00 ACRES
1655 SQ FT
Amazing Custom Home on 3 Acres w/ 4 Stall Barn and Competiton Dressage Arena!

Placitas, Sandoval County, New Mexico

Spectacular Property with state of the art Horse Facilities on 3 Acres w/ full size Dressage Arena.. footing made of sand mixed with shredded rubber! Welded pipe fencing, two large folding mirrors and lights for night riding! Barn has 3 stalls, one wash bay, locked tack room and heated bathroom. Also has a feed room and automatic fly spray system!This customg home is well appointed with Gourmet Kitchen, Stainless Steel appliances,Granite counter tops, Ceramic tile and Hardwood flooring, SW Detail and Design at it's best! Home boasts of diamond plaster walls, split cedar ceilings, beams, corbels and much more! Enclosed front courtyard and covered patio outside master bedroom with incredible mountain views! Home has newer TPO roof! Enjoy the in- ground hot tub too!

Val King , Realty One of New Mexico 505-883-9400

3.00 ACRES
2866 SQ FT

Anthony, Doña Ana County, New Mexico

This property is a large Race Horse breeding & training facility is an approximate 72.61 Acres. The Horse facility is fully functional including a race track about 32 Big stalls, 3 Tack Rooms, Mare motel, Stallion Barn, Training barn, Hot Walker, Eurosizer, 3 Hay Barns and two Mobil Homes. Approximate 44 acres with Pasture and Alfalfa. Includes Irrigation water well, Domestic Well and Water irrigation rights. All the machinery and equipment to run this Ranch is included in the price. Remote electronic gate, paved road with easy access to I-10. About 30 minutes from Sunland Park Race Track and Casino.

Ernesto Uranga , RE/MAX Classic Realty

72.61 ACRES
Turn - Key Horse Property on 18 Acres

Los Cerrillos, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Located just two miles from the Cerrillos Hills State Park, this green-built home with lots of natural light has wonderful views and a new barn with three turn-out areas and an outdoor training arena. Located near the historic and artistic villages of Madrid and Cerrillos with multiple restaurants and galleries to enjoy. Just South of Santa Fe in Santa Fe County.

Cindy Sheff , Sotheby's International Realty

18.27 ACRES
2560 SQ FT
Mesa Draw Ranch

Mountainair, Torrance County, New Mexico

3,220 Total acres located in Central, New Mexico, 7 miles SE of Mountainair in Torrance County. 105 miles from Ruidoso or 71 miles from Albuquerque. COMMENTS: The Mesa Draw Ranch is conveniently located in central NM with a cool summer climate. Contiguous private land with outstanding views of mesas and distant mountains. The ranch offers a lot of opportunities with the horse facilities, cattle ranching, and private hunting. Highway frontage on one side of the ranch and power running along both sides. The ranch is in great shape with plenty of grass and low enough in elevation to make this a good year round cattle ranch. Ranchers, ropers, and horse enthusiasts can appreciate! ACREAGE: 3,220 Total Acres 2,900 acres of Deeded Land 320 acres State Lease Land CARRYING CAPACITY: Approximately 50 cows year long depending on annual precipitation. Annual precipitation is approximately 11.5 inches. Average first freeze date is October 1 and average last freeze date is May 20. HUNTING/WILDLIFE: In a typical year the ranch receives 5 Elk tags. 3 either sex rifle elk tags and 2 anterless rifle elk tags from the New Mexico Game and Fish. There are mule deer, antelope, coyotes, bobcat, mountain lion, dove, and many different species of birds in this area. Located in Game Management Unit 38. IMPROVEMENTS: HOUSE: 2,400 square feet and built in 1999. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, and a den. The kitchen has a bar and is open to the dining and living room. Frame structure, stucco exterior with wood windows and a metal roof. The home has central heating and refrigerated air. SHOP: 1,600 square feet with a concrete floor and 2 bay roll up metal doors. HORSE BARN: 2,600 square feet and has 6 stalls with outside pipe fence runs, and freeze free water troughs. Inside is a tack room. ROPING ARENA: The large150 x 240 roping arena is made with pipe and has a steer and calf chute. HAY BARN/CORRALS: North of the headquarters are 2 hay barns and cattle working facilities with scales. WATER: Well has an electric submersible pump which fills the galvanized storage tank and approximately 4 miles of buried 1¼ pvc and schedule 40 pipeline with 6 drinking troughs. Many dirt tanks throughout the ranch. ELEVATION: The ranch ranges from 6600 to 6800 feet. VEGETATION: Black grama, blue grama, tabosa grass, some chemise, and others. It has good native grass turf with pinon and juniper trees. TERRAIN: Level to treed hills, draws, and mesa's. TAXES: Are approximately $1,802.29. FENCES: There is approximately 15 miles of fence making up 3 pastures and a trap. The fences are in great condition. SCHOOLS: Mountainair Municipal Schools is the public school system that is only 7 miles from the ranch HQ. NATIVE AMERICAN RUINS: Abo, Quarai, and Gran Quivira are just a few of the Ruins in the local area. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is located in central New Mexico with Headquarters and Main Visitor Center in Mountainair, NM on US 60. The Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument is composed of ruins of three mission Churches: Quarai, Abo, and Gran Quivira. The three Churches were mostly built in the early seventeenth century by the pueblo under Spanish control. Both Abo and Quarai are built with red sandstone. The Quarai Ruins are located near Punta de Agua, NM which is approximately 8 miles north of Mountainair, NM on NM 55 north. The Quarai is riparian with a small creek running just south of the ruin. Quarai is the most intact and restored of the three Churches. Gran Quivira is one of the oldest monuments in the National Park Service system, originally established in November 1909. It is built with gray San Andres limestone slabs and is located 26 miles south of Mountainair via NM55 south. These three Missions were abandoned in the 1670s.

Randell Major , Major Ranch Realty

3,200.00 ACRES
2400 SQ FT
Horse Heaven in Southwest New Mexico

Mimbres, Grant County, New Mexico

Perfect home and horse facility with year round riding weather in the middle of the Gila National Forest. 43 acres (2 legal parcels) of usable land are set up for you to live your dream with horses. Comfortable, low maintenace, energy efficient home, 4 stall Barnmaster barn with hay and equipment storage, tack room and workroom. The stalls have outdoor runs that are partially covered. The 75’x125’ covered, partially enclosed riding arena with sand/rubber footing, will protect you from any inclement weather while you school your horses. An additional 25’ of undercover storage protects your horse trailer and farm equipment, or can be a great place for extra horse pens. The 60’ round pen completes the training facility on the property. 30+ acres of pasture of native gramma grass has been crossed fenced into ten separate pastures and turnouts. Pasture shelters in three turnouts allow for 24/7 turnout as desired. The 2073 sq ft home is set up for easy living and relaxed entertaining with an open kitchen, dining, living room floor plan. Efficiently sized rooms, low maintenance, attractive surfaces, and sufficient storage, make for a great home that doesn’t take much tending. Office/den could easily be a third bedroom. Recently upgraded to a solar grid tied system, it takes full advantage of the abundance sunshine. The wrap around porch, flagstone patio and ramada, extend the living space of the home to the outside. Finish your long days of riding in the hot tub, or in the sauna. The property is bordered by the Gila National Forest on two sides, affording the ultimate in privacy. There is a state of the art, all season “Grow Dome” greenhouse for year round fresh produce. A complete RV hookup will welcome your friends with their horses when they come to visit. Accessible by excellent paved roads, convenient to Silver City, 50 minutes away, this property has the best of everything for horse lovers and nature lovers. Ride, hike, enjoy huge skies and fantastic sunsets…without ever having to get in your car. It’s all right here!!! The sale of the property comes with all the farm equipment needed for maintaining the property, so move in tomorrow and, the next day, warm up a bit in the arena and then ride your horses out the back gate onto perfect trails in the 3.3 million acres Gila National Forest. This is about as good as it gets.

Dana S Carlsen , Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Silver City

43.00 ACRES
2073 SQ FT
Horse property minutes from town and beautiful view

Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico

Tranquil country property sits on 10 acres MOL with mountain views to the west. Quiet location offers country living while still close to town.

Katie Cooper , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Enchanted Lands, Realtors

10.00 ACRES
2689 SQ FT
10 Acres W/ Highway Frontage ( Hwy 550)

Bloomfield, San Juan County, New Mexico

50' x 50' commercial bldg., w/ office & bathroom, 2 mobile homes, 2 RV spaces w/ full hookups, 1w/ water & electric only, 1covered open bldg., 60' x 70' w/ 2b0' x 70' shop attached, 8 horse runs w/cover, 1 saddle shed, 2 round pens, (1 large 1 small,) large arena w/ roping & bucking chutes

Betty Hollar

10.00 ACRES
1020 SQ FT
Fence Lake NM Home and Land, Log Home and 60 acres

Fence Lake, Cibola County, New Mexico

Enjoy quiet country living in Western New Mexico on just over 60 acres Opportunities for elk and deer hunting and raising a few cattle, horses or other livestock. Log cabin home built in 1981 with 1989 addition. Over 1400 square feet of exterior storage, 576 square feet of horse stalls along with corral and carport. Also has family area with wood stove. Upstairs loft area has 1/2 bathroom with claw foot tub adjacent. Permitted well and two septic systems.

Paul Stout , Big Mesa Realty

60.87 ACRES
2360 SQ FT
McKelvey Ranch

Pie Town, Catron County, New Mexico

This secluded 320 acre ranch 8 miles NW of Pie Town has all you need to run your livestock, including corrals, 2 good wells supply each house. Main House is a 28x76 Solitaire (2003) on slab & foundation has 4br 2.5ba plus 2-car garage (18x26) on slab and a 12x18 sunroom addition, buried propane tank and electricity, a/c, a 35x50 Qanzet with 18x25 shop on slab, a 20x25 metal barn on slab, a 40' storage container - all that on 80 acres. Second house is a spectacular 2 br/1ba homestead cabin with 3 small barns from the 1920's, wood f/p, radiant heat, dugout well in utility room, plus an excellent new well, cabins sits on 120 acres. And then there's another 120 acres grazing. All fenced and well kept. A MUST SEE!

Wolfgang Rempen , Rempen Enterprises, Inc. dba New Mexico Ranch Pros

320.00 ACRES
3376 SQ FT

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