Area Information

Rio Rancho


The Rio Rancho area was originally part of the Alameda Grant, which was founded by the Spanish in 1710. By the early twentieth century, much of the land grant had been sold to land investment companies. Amrep Corporation purchased 55,000 acres in 1961 and turned the land into a housing development called "Rio Rancho Estates." The population grew tenfold between 1970 and 1980, and the City of Rio Rancho was incorporated in 1981. The opening of a large Intel Corporation plant in 1981 had a major economic impact on our town.

The area gets roughly 10 inches of rain per year and 8 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is approximately 51. On average, there are 273 sunny days per year in our community. The July high is around 91 degrees and January low is 20.

Rio Rancho Public Schools is based in our community, and it has a total of 18 schools including two high schools, two alternative high schools, four middle schools, 10 elementary schools and a preschool. There are three major institutions of higher learning including the main campus of the University of New Mexico.

AR Rio Rancho is also home to two new state of the art hospitals, University of New Mexico and Presbyterian. Albuquerque has an Amtrak station and many other amenities. Rio Rancho boasts its own public library with roughly 107,550 books, 750 audio materials, 1,200 video materials and 119 serial subscriptions.


Situated high atop a mesa, Rio Rancho provides a spectacular view of the Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande valley lined with ancient cottonwood trees and at night, the twinkling lights of Albuquerque, our adjacent neighbor to the southeast.

Residents will want to set aside time to explore the Aquarium & Botanic Garden, Jemez Mountain Trail, Old Route 66, Old Town Albuquerque, Rio Grande Nature Center, Rio Grande Zoological Park, as well as various museums, several monuments, excellent science and cultural centers, and much more.

Rio Rancho offers a mild year-round, high-desert climate perfect for scenic tours and outdoor adventures. New Mexico is truly paradise for those who enjoy cycling or hiking through pine-scented forests, along the Rio Grande’s paved trails, or up challenging mountain paths. Go snow skiing in the morning, and then spend the afternoon at one of our golf challenging courses. For a true family adventure, go aloft in a hot air balloon.

With a deep reverence for the past, we celebrate a youthful progressive spirit and cultural diversity, while consistently looking to a vibrant, dynamic and truly exciting future. Stop by our United County office, and let us help you Find Your Freedom.

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