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Las Vegas
San Miguel County, New Mexico


meaning: "the plains", or "the meadows"

Page Contents for Las Vegas, New Mexico

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.



Statistics & Facts

The New Mexico state capital is Santa Fe.
The population of Las Vegas is approximately 16,500 (1997), 13753 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,716 (1990), 5751 (2010).
The amount of land area in Las Vegas is 19.224 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.01 sq kilometers.
The distance from Las Vegas to Washington DC is 1615 miles.
The distance to the New Mexico state capital is 42 miles. (as the crow flies)
Las Vegas is positioned 35.59 degrees north of the equator and 105.21 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Las Vegas elevation is 6,470 feet above sea level.
Las Vegas per capita income is $ 7,515 (1989).
Las Vegas median income is $ 18,023 (1989).
The Las Vegas median home price is $ 80,000.
Las Vegas average annual rainfall is 16 inches per year
Las Vegas average annual snowfall is 30 inches per year.
Las Vegas average annual humidity is 50%
Las Vegas average temperature is 50 degrees F.
The average low temperature is (winter) 18, (summer) 54 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (winter) 46, (summer) 83 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 32 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 69 degrees F.


on Interstate 25, 63 miles northeast of Santa Fe at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Albuquerque is 123 miles away. The Rocky Mountains actually begin on the west side of Las Vegas and the Great Plains on the east side!
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seasonal without a lot of extremes in weather. Here is a current weather page for Las Vegas. Here is another weather page with more weather links and information.
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History & History Related Items

The original name for Las Vegas was Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes (Our Lady of the Sorrows of the Great Meadows). But the name was shortened to Las Vegas later.

Las Vegas was a part of the Santa Fe Trail. Old wagon ruts can still be seen outside of town. Until the 1880's, it was a "old west" town, complete with outlaws like Billy the Kidd and wild west days. Then the railroad came to town. The Santa Fe Railroad came in 1879. Las Vegas was then promoted to the retail center of the area. With supplies coming in from the east on a regular basis, the locals began building with a frenzy. Consequently, the town has over 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, more than any other city in the country.

Here is a history page for Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Check out this page for history information. Once you are there, go to "for history buffs"
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The Las Vegas City Museum and Rough Riders Memorial Collection
725 Grand Avenue
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Phone: (505) 454-1401 extension 283

Hermit Peak towers over the city at 10,263 feet.

Take a Virtual Tour of Las Vegas with lots of pictures both old and new.

Storrie Lake - a popular boating and windsurfing spot. Storrie Lake is a man-made reservoir near downtown Las Vegas.

Pecos National Historic Park
about 30 miles from Las Vegas

Fort Union National Monument
about 26 miles north of Las Vegas, off I-25. The fort was established in 1851 t o protect wagon trains and trade caravans from attack.

The Santa Fe Trail
See some of the original wagon ruts around the area.
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Las Vegas City Government

Las Vegas has a mayor-council form of government. There is an elected mayor and eight city council members. The city also has a city manager. Find current government officials listed on this webpage.

65 full-time officers make up the Police Department while the Fire Department has 19 full-time firefighters and 30 volunteers.


Las Vegas is the County seat of San Miguel County. San Miguel County official site

Las Vegas Chamber

Las Vegas/San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 128
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505-425-8631
Fax: 505-425-3057
Toll-free: 800-832-5947

Las Vegas Community Events

Community Calendar for Las Vegas.

Mid-August each year
Places with a Past Tour - guided tours given by docents who tell about the properties and the people who lived in them.

August each year
The People's Fair - This folk art festival has musicians, artisans, storytellers and more at the Carnegie Library Park. Many crafts are available for sale - all homemade and original. Entertainment for all ages.

In December each year
The Electric Light Parade has become one of the feature events of each year. The parade winds through the historic districts after dark with floats and more all decked out in colorful Christmas lights.

Las Vegas Organizations

Las Vegas/San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 128
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505-425-8631
Fax: 505-425-3057
Toll-free: 800-832-5947

Las Vegas Schools

Here is an education page for area schools and higher education. Try another education page for the area.

Robertson High School
Fifth & Friedman
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: (505) 425-9385

West Las Vegas High School
home of the Dons
157 Moreno Street
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Or call: (505) 425-3531
Fax: (505) 425-8332


New Mexico Highlands University
Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505 425-7511
Recruiting: 1-800-338-NMHU

Armand Hammer United World College
P.O. Box 248
Montezuma, New Mexico 87731
Voice Phone: 505-454-4200
FAX: 505-454-4274

Luna Community College
P.O. Box 1510
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701
Phone: 505-454-2500 Las Vegas


Local Airport Information: two paved and lighted runways with lengths of 8,200 and 5,000 feet respectively. Planes from single engine to small jets are welcome to land.

The population of Las Vegas was:
1970 - 13,835
1980 - 14,322
1990 - 14,753
1994 - 15,591
1997 - 16,500

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