Town of Estancia

Tree lined street in Estancia
Tree lined street in Estancia

Population, 2015: 1,597
: 6.18 square miles
: 1902
Location: 17 miles south of I-40 at the crossroads of NM 41 and NM 55


Estancia, the county seat of Torrance County, is located in the heart of the Estancia Basin, a level area surrounded by mountains and highlands. The area has been a cattle and sheep ranching region since the 19th century. The town began with the arrival of the railroad around 1902. In the mid-20th century beans were the principal crop.

Major private employer

Corrections Corporation of America


The large salt flats and lagoons southeast of Estancia were an important source of salt to ancient people. Later, Spanish colonists mined salt from these flats for trade. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument takes its name from this salt trade. Estancia, which means "resting place," was established in 1902 with the arrival of the New Mexico Central Railroad. The railroad donated a spring-fed lake to the town, which became Arthur Park, and in the 1930's the Civil Conservation Corps made improvements.


Estancia 2010-2015 Population Graph

McArthur Park

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Mayor, elected every four years|
Four trustees, elected at large for two- and four-year staggered terms


Water: Town of Estancia
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Town of Estancia
Solid Waste: Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority
Electric: Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative
Natural Gas: EMW Gas Association
Telephone: CenturyLink


Highways: I-40, NM 41 and 55
Estancia Municipal Airport


K-12: Estancia School District



Recreation: The Manzano Mountains, with six developed campgrounds, offer hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing opportunities. The community recreation center has a swimming pool, and Arthur Park has a fishing lake.