Peralta

Statistics

  • Area: 4.44 square miles
  • Incorporated: 2007
  • Location: Four miles northeast of Los Lunas on NM 47 in the Rio Grande Valley
  • Population, 2015: 3,585

About

Peralta became New Mexico's newest municipality when it incorporated. Once known for sheep raising, the town became a support center for surrounding dairies and farms. Today, it's a quiet bedroom community of Albuquerque.

History

Peralta's roots stem from an old hacienda built in 1837 by prominent land owner Juan Antonio and his wife Mercedes Otero. Over the next two decades, Peralta developed and prospered as a community which became known for sheep raising and flour milling. In 1862 Peralta was the site of a battle between Confederate and Union troops.

Demographics

Population

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Government

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

Utilities

  • Electricity: Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Natural gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Individual septic systems
  • Solid Waste: Private contractors
  • Telephone: CenturyLink, Comcast
  • Water: Individual wells

Transportation

  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
  • Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner in Los Lunas
  • Freight: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Highways: I-25 and New Mexico State Road 47
  • Rail, passenger: Amtrak in Albuquerque

Education

  • Kindergarten to 12th grade: Los Lunas School District

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 located at the lakes.
  • Golf: The 27-hole Isleta Eagle Golf Course is designed around three lakes and overlooks the Rio Grande.
  • Hiking: The Manzano Mountains, with elevations from 6,000 to 10,098 feet, offer a wealth of recreation opportunities. The Manzano Mountain Wilderness stretches across 36,970 acres of the City of Belen's back yard and has picnic grounds and trails. El Cerro de Los Lunas, a volcanic hill recently donated to the Village by the Huning family, is designated open space for walking, jogging and nature study.
  • Recreation: The Isleta Fun Connection offers bowling, laser tag, arcade, and billiards.
  • Resort: Isleta Casino and Resort 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.