Los Lunas

Statistics

  • Area: 15.69 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1928
  • Location: Rio Grande Valley, 20-miles south of Albuquerque
  • Population, 2015: 15,336
The Luna Mansion

About

Los Lunas, county seat and largest community of Valencia County, was New Mexico's fastest growing community between 1960 and 2010. The area began growing rapidly in the 1970s, as Albuquerque grew. A steady influx of new residents in search of pleasant alternatives to city living has spurred population growth by nearly 50-percent between 2000 and 2010.

Los Lunas has been a magnet to industries needing room to expand. The attractions are low-cost industrial sites, easy transportation access, available work force, affordable housing and a business-friendly climate. A number of new companies now occupy Rio Grande Industrial Park.

The Los Lunas Rail Runner station, located at the site of the Los Lunas Transportation Center, is close to residential areas, as well as Valencia County administration offices and the judiciary complex. The station offers free parking, with approximately 190 spaces. Historic Main Street is but a 15-minute walk from the station. Once there, you'll discover the local flare and flavor of the Village. Whether it's authentic Mexican cuisine, or simply good conversation with the locals -- you can find it in the heart of Los Lunas.

Economy

  • Major Private Employers: Merillat Industries (cabinets), Wal-Mart distribution center, Wall-Colmonoy (metal alloys), and two New Mexico Corrections Department facilities

History

Los Lunas has its roots in the San Clemente Land Grant, established in 1716 and was acquired by the Luna family, who were civic and political leaders. The county seat moved from Tomé to Los Lunas in 1876. When the Santa Fe Railroad arrived in Los Lunas, it increased trade in wool, livestock, hay, supplies and merchandise.

Demographics

Population

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Government

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

Utilities

  • Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Village of Los Lunas
  • Solid Waste: Village of Los Lunas
  • Source: Ground water
  • Telephone: CenturyLink
  • Water: Village of Los Lunas

Transportation

  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight, general aviation
  • Bus, intercity: bus lines in Albuquerque
  • Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner
  • Freight: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Highways: I-25, New Mexico State Road 6, New Mexico State Road 47
  • Rail, passenger: Amtrak in Albuquerque
  • Transit: Rio Metro dial-a-ride service on week days

Education

  • Higher education: University of New Mexico-Valencia
  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Los Lunas Public School District and private schools

Amenities

  • Fishing: Isleta Lakes fishing area features two lakes stocked with channel catfish during the spring and summer and rainbow trout in the fall and winter. There is also an RV park.
  • Golf: The 27-hole Isleta Eagle Golf Course is designed around three lakes and overlooks the Rio Grande.
  • Indoor recreation: The Isleta Fun Connection offers bowling, laser tag, arcade, and billiards.
  • Museums: The Museum of Heritage and Arts provides traveling exhibits and showcases local artifacts.
  • Recreation: The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, offer hiking, camping and picnic spots. El Cerro de Los Lunas, a volcanic hill, is open space for walking, jogging and nature study.
  • Resort: Isleta Casino and Resort, north of Los Lunas at Isleta Pueblo, features a Las Vegas-style casino and hotel complex with 200 rooms and suites, restaurants, spa, pool, fitness center, ballroom, 2,500-seat venue, and golf course.