Cuba

Statistics

  • Area: 3.27 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1964
  • Location: 60 miles northwest of Albuquerque on US 550
  • Population, 2015: 736

About

Cuba, in the Rio Puerco Valley, is a trade center for ranching and the Navajo Reservation and Jicarilla Apache Reservation. It's also a stopping place for travelers on U.S. 550 and the closest business district to Chaco Canyon National Monument. Flanked by the Nacimiento Mountains and surrounded by the Santa Fe National Forest, Cuba is the gateway to such attractions as the San Pedro Parks Wilderness and Gregorio Lake.

Home in Cuba

Highway Services

Highway-related services have benefited from increased travel along U.S. 550, a result of growth in both the Rio Grande valley and the San Juan Basin to the northwest. Nearly half of jobs were in the government sector, while the rest were in retail and services.

History

Native Americans have occupied the area for centuries. In the 1700's Spanish settlers arrived; the area was part of the San Joaquin del Nacimiento Spanish Land Grant.

Cuba was founded in 1879. The town takes its name, not for the Caribbean island, but from the Spanish word for trough, tank or sink, which probably refers to the broad basin of the Rio Puerco valley.

Demographics

Population

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Government

  • Four councilors, elected by district to four-year staggered terms
  • Mayor, elected every four years

Utilities

  • Electric: Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative
  • Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Village of Cuba
  • Solid Waste: Sandoval County convenience station
  • Source of Water: Ground water
  • Telephone: Windstream
  • Water: Village of Cuba

Transportation

  • Highways: U.S. 550
  • Transit: Rio Metro

Education

  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Cuba Public School District

Amenities

  • Fishing: The San Pedro Parks Wilderness is home to native cutthroat trout.
  • Recreation: In Santa Fe National Forest is the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, a gentle, rolling landscape of mixed conifers and broad, grassy parks and meadows. Within the wilderness are campgrounds and trails for hiking and horseback riding. Cabezon Peak, between San Ysidro and Cuba, is a massive volcanic plug formed millions of years ago when Mt. Taylor (near Grants, NM) was an active volcano. Rising 2,000 feet above the valley floor, it is a popular climb that offers an expansive view of the Rio Puerco Valley.