San Ysidro

Village of San Ysidro


sanysidro_field.jpgPopulation, 2015: 195
Area: 2.34 square miles
Incorporated: 1967
Location: 23 miles west of the Town of Bernalillo at the junction of US 550 and NM 4


San Ysidro is an agricultural community that also provides services to travelers on busy US 550. San Ysidro is also a stopping point on scenic NM 4. Cattle ranching is still important to the area, and the state Transportation Department has a maintenance and construction yard in the village.


In 1699, Juan Trujillo and others were the first Europeans to settle here. The Spanish governor in 1786 granted Antonio Armenta and Salvador Sandoval the land where the community of San Ysidro grew. Named for the patron saint of farmers, San Ysidro was a crossing for major trails in early New Mexico, and the community still plays that role.


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Mayor, elected
Four trustees, elected for four-year staggered terms


Water: Village of San Ysidro
Source: Ground water
Sewer: Individual on-site systems
Solid Waste: Personal responsibility
Electric: Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative
Natural Gas: not available; liquid compressed gas is available
Telephone: GTE West


Highways: US 550 and NM 4
Transit: Rio Metro fixed route


K-12: Jemez Valley Public School District


State Monuments: Coronado State Monument, which skirts the nearby Town of Bernalillo, preserves the ruins of the Pueblo of Kuaua. Visitors can take advantage of a museum, a self-guided trail, and gallery showcasing kiva paintings. North of Jemez Springs is Jemez State Monument, the prehistoric site of the Pueblo of Giusewa and ruins of the mission Church of San José de los Jemez.


  • Cabezon Peak, between San Ysidro and Cuba, is a massive volcanic plug formed millions of years ago when Mt. Taylor (near Grants) was an active volcano. Rising 1,000', it's far larger than the better known Devil's Tower in Wyoming. It can be climbed without equipment.
  • The San Ysidro Recreation Area is 3,000 acres of colorful rock at the southern tip of the Nacimiento Mountains. South of San Ysidro is the 11,000-acre Ojito Wilderness Area, created in 2006. The longest dinosaur ever discovered -- called the "Seismosaurus" - was found in the Ojito Wilderness.
  • In the Jemez Mountains, overlooking Jemez Springs, are numerous trails, hot springs and a water fall.
  • Just outside the village is the one-mile Perea Nature Trail; in the distance, rock formations with purple hues are part of the Nacimiento Mountain chain. Nearby White Mesa, composed of gypsum, is also the setting for trails used for hiking, biking and horseback riding.



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