Corrales

Statistics

  • Area: 11.01 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1971
  • Location: Borders Albuquerque and Rio Rancho
  • Population, 2015: 8,502
Historic San Isidro Church

About

CNN Money Magazine described Corrales as an "enchanting small town" with "clean, dry air, rustic adobe architecture and panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains."

Corrales has been a farming village and an artist's colony, becoming an affluent Albuquerque suburb as the urban area grew closer to the rural village. Corrales developed along the Rio Grande, and has preserved its historic character and rural setting, while welcoming shops, art galleries, spas, fine restaurants, and bed and breakfast inns.

History

In 1710, the Spanish Governor of New Mexico awarded a grant of 106,274 acres, later known as the Alameda Land Grant, which was sold two years later. The new owner's extensive corrals, built on the west side of the river - Los Corrales de Alameda - gave the settlement its name. Corrales became a farming village. After World War II, artists and writers discovered what the farmers had long enjoyed about Corrales.

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Government

  • Mayor, elected every four years
  • Six councilors, elected from districts for four-year staggered terms

Utilities

  • Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Individual on-site systems
  • Solid Waste: Collection by private contractor
  • Source of Water: Ground water
  • Telephone: CenturyLink
  • Water: Private wells

Transportation

  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
  • Bus, intercity: bus lines in Albuquerque
  • Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner (in Albuquerque)
  • Freight: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad (in Albuquerque)
  • General aviation: Double Eagle II Airport
  • Highways: I-25 (north-south); I-40 (east-west)
  • Rail, passenger: Amtrak (in Albuquerque)
  • Transit: Park and ride lots

Education

  • Higher education: University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College (in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho)
  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Albuquerque Public School District and private schools

Amenities

  • Entertainment: The restored Old San Ysidro Church, built in 1868, provides a venue for music and entertainment.
  • Golf: Championship golf is available at the nearby Rio Rancho Country Club.
  • Hiking, horseback riding: The Corrales Bosque Preserve, a 400-acre cottonwood forest along ten miles of the Rio Grande, is managed by the Village as a wildlife preserve. "Bosque" is a Spanish word meaning "forest" or "woodland." It provides habitat for more than 180 species of birds.
  • Museums: Casa San Ysidro, a recreated Spanish colonial hacienda, houses a collection of rare Hispanic New Mexican artifacts.