• Area: 1.16 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1973
  • Location: Just east of Albuquerque at I-40 and New Mexico State Road 337
  • Population, 2015: 545
Rolling Hills in the Village of Tijeras


Tijeras ("scissors" in Spanish) sits in a canyon of the same name that divides two mountain ranges, the Sandias and the Manzanos. Incorporated in 1973, Tijeras is one of two incorporated communities in the East Mountain area. Most residents work in Albuquerque, but Rio Grande Portland Cement's mining and manufacturing operation employs many from the area.


For centuries, Tijeras Canyon was a passage and trade route between the Rio Grande and the plains. In 1762, a handful of people received a land grant at the Cañon de Carnué, intending to farm and ranch. Their village came to be called Carnué. After a series of Apache raids in 1770, the discouraged settlers abandoned the community and returned to Albuquerque. It was resettled in 1818, after the Apaches had moved south.

In 1858, the U.S. Army opened a wagon road, which served until the 1920's when it became a two-lane road for cars. In 1927, the road became a portion of Route 66. Although I-40 was built here in the 1960s, a long portion of the original Route 66 still exists.



Tijeras Population Graph

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  • Five councilors, elected at large to four-year staggered terms
  • Mayor, elected every four years


  • Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Village of Tijeras and individual systems
  • Solid Waste: Village of Tijeras
  • Source: Ground water
  • Telephone: CenturyLink
  • Water: Village of Tijeras


  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport
  • Train: Commuter, passenger and freight in Albuquerque


  • Higher education: University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque
  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Albuquerque Public School District


Tijeras enjoys all the amenities of Albuquerque plus a few of its own:

  • Attractions: Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest tramcar system, carries visitors 2.7-miles up the west face. Tijeras is located along a lengthy section of historic Route 66, and it's the gateway to the Turquoise Trail, a historic road now dotted with galleries, restaurants and other attractions.
  • Recreation: The Sandia Mountains, which reach 10,678-foot at the highest point, offer skiing, hiking, biking and picnic spots. The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, also has picnic grounds and trails.