Town of Bernalillo

Population, 2015: 8,843
Area: 5.23 square miles
Incorporated: 1948
Location: 15 miles north of Albuquerque on I-25; adjacent to Rio Rancho

Bernalillo Church
Church in Bernalillo


Bernalillo, the Sandoval County seat, is a retail trade and service center for such surrounding communities, such as Placitas, Algodones, and seven Indian pueblos. New residents of this growing community like the small-town atmosphere but enjoy nearby city amenities.

The main street, Camino del Pueblo, was once a part of the historic El Camino Real, which stretched from Santa Fe to Chihuahua, and later became known as the famed Route 66. The other major arterial that straddles the Town of Bernalillo is US 550, which carries an average of 30,000 vehicles each weekday.

Winemaking in the Town of Bernalillo got its start in in the 1620's. Since 2015, the New Mexico Brewers Guild and the Town of Bernalillo have partnered to present the Mountain West Brew Fest, an annual craft beer and artisanal cider festival, planned to occur every Labor Day weekend at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. The festival features local brewers of beer and cider as well as products from around the Mountain states and west to the Pacific coast.


Major private employers: Advance Manufacturing, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Star Casino


The explorer Coronado wintered in the area in 1540-1541. Don Diego de Vargas founded Bernalillo on the Rio Grande in 1695, and by the 1800s, the river haciendas had become a center for sheep ranching, mining and timber. Each year in August, Bernalillo celebrates its history and culture in Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo, a celebration dating back more than 300 years.


 Bernalillo 2010-2015 Population Graph

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Mayor, elected every four years
Four trustees, elected for four-year staggered terms
Town Manager, appointed


Water: Town of Bernalillo
Source of Water: Ground water
Sewer: Town of Bernalillo
Solid Waste: Collection by private contractor
Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
Telephone: CenturyLink


Highways: I-25 (north-south); US 550 between Bernalillo and Rio Rancho
Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
Rail, passenger: Amtrak
Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner, Belen to Santa Fe
Freight: Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad
Transit: Rio Metro


K-12 Bernalillo Public School District


Museums: The DeLavy House Museum, home of the Sandoval County Historical Society, features traveling exhibits.

Resorts: The luxury Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa at Santa Ana Pueblo features 350 rooms, a spa and fitness center, three pools, and horseback riding. The resort and its Twin Warriors Golf Club have received numerous awards.

State Monuments: Coronado State Monument preserves the ruins of the Pueblo of Kuaua, where the Spanish explorer Coronado stopped in 1540. It offers a museum, a self-guided trail, and gallery showcasing kiva paintings.

Recreation: The Sandia Mountains to the east, which reach 10,678-foot at the highest point, offer skiing, hiking, biking and picnic spots. At the Jemez Canyon Dam is one of the county's best picnic spots.

Sports: The New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex, northwest of Bernalillo on Santa Ana Pueblo, has 22 international-sized fields and is one of the largest of its kind in the country.



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