The Town of Bernalillo is set at the northwest slope of the Sandia Mountains and hugs the banks of the state's major river, the Rio Grande. This community boasts being the historical center of the State of New Mexico with occupation reaching back almost a thousand years. Bernalillo progressed from a string of haciendas along the river in the 1600's to a commercial center of trade among the pueblos and the Mexican settlers in the 1800's. Founded by Don Diego de Vargas in 1695, the Town of Bernalillo remains a retail trade and service center for this part of the Rio Grande basin.
The colonial heart of this nearly 5 square mile Municipal Corporation, the county seat of Sandoval County was called Las Cocinitas: the little kitchens. As during those times, the town is a place to visit and relax, as in the family kitchen, talk about the events of the day and gain strength for the travels ahead. The main street, Camino del Pueblo, is synonymous with three other historical attributes: U.S. Route 66, El Camino Real, and Old State Highway 85. Running through the center of town, this roadway is rich in history, and was the major link with the outside world for several hundred years as it connected Santa Fe to Mexico City. It remains one of the oldest historical trails in the United States.
This community has much to offer in recreation, commerce, and social amenities. It has the advantages of larger cities and access to large-city services without the strain of urban living. The Town of Bernalillo is 15 miles from Albuquerque, the largest city in the state, and borders the state's fastest growing metropolitan area, Rio Rancho. The Rio Grande splits the town from north to south and it is not unusual to watch enterprising folks rafting in the slow-motion waters.
Bernalillo's location provides direct access to the Jemez Mountains to the north-west and the Sandia Mountain range to the south-east, guarantees opportunities for unique and plentiful outdoor activities. Numerous city parks, ball fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas including historical, social, and cultural events are mainstays of community life. (Courtesy of http://www.americantowns.com/nm/bernalillo/organization/town_of_bernalillo)
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