Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Rio Rancho is located in the central part and is the third largest city in the U.S. State of New Mexico. The City of Vision. Rio Rancho is a very young city and is one of the fastest growing cities in New Mexico. The city has warm summer days and mild winter temperatures. The city has many sports facilities, parks, and trails. The Intel Corporation is the largest employer in Rio Rancho.

To See And To Do In Rio Rancho

  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • National Hispanic Cultural Center
  • J & R Vintage Auto Museum
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • Haynes Pool
  • A Park Above
  • Cabezon Park
  • Canyon Park
  • Willow Creek Trail
  • Elevate Trampoline Park
  • Albuquerque Aquarium and Rio Grand Botanic Garden
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  • Rio Grande Zoological Park

Short History Of Rio Rancho

The first indigenous residents, hunters and gatherers, lived in the Rio Rancho area approximately 11,000 years ago. In 1540, the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado passed through the area. Spain wanted to settle the area and needed more people, and Spanish settlers came to the area around 1710. They built The town of Alameda Land Grant on the site where today's Rio Rancho is built. In 1821, the Santa Fe Trail opened a route between Mexico City and Missouri that went through today's Rio Rancho.

It was first in 1961, when AMREP Corporation, a real estate and media services company, purchased 55,000 acres, that Rio Rancho was founded. In 1962 home construction began. In 1966, the 100th family moved into Rio Rancho. In 1977, about 5,000 people were living in the City, and in 1980, about 10,000 people lived there.

In 1980, Intel Corporation came to the area and in 1981, Rio Rancho was incorporated and became the City of Rio Rancho. In 2006, the Rio Rancho Events Center was built, and Walmart opened. In 2007 the new City Hall building opened. In 2012, a Purple Heart monument was unveiled at Rio Rancho Veterans Park. Since 2012, the city has been the location to the professional indoor football team the New Mexico Stars. In 2015, the radio station KDSK moved into the Rio Rancho market. In 2017, the city hosted the National Speleological Society's annual convention.