• Area: 5.23 square miles
  • Incorporated: 1948
  • Location: 15 miles north of Albuquerque on I-25; adjacent to Rio Rancho
  • Population, 2015: 8,843


Bernalillo, the Sandoval County seat, is a retail trade and service center for such surrounding communities, such as Placitas, Algodones, and seven Indian pueblos. New residents of this growing community like the small-town atmosphere but enjoy nearby city amenities.

Church in Bernalillo

Major Roads

The main street, Camino del Pueblo, was once a part of the historic El Camino Real, which stretched from Santa Fe to Chihuahua, and later became known as the famed Route 66. The other major arterial that straddles the Town of Bernalillo is U.S. 550, which carries an average of 30,000 vehicles each weekday.


Winemaking in the Town of Bernalillo got its start in the 1620's. Since 2015, the New Mexico Brewers Guild and the Town of Bernalillo have partnered to present the Mountain West Brew Fest, an annual craft beer and artisanal cider festival, planned to occur every Labor Day weekend at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. The festival features local brewers of beer and cider as well as products from around the Mountain states and west to the Pacific coast.


  • Major private employers: Advance Manufacturing, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Star Casino


The explorer Coronado wintered in the area in 1540-1541. Don Diego de Vargas founded Bernalillo on the Rio Grande in 1695, and by the 1800s, the river haciendas had become a center for sheep ranching, mining and timber. Each year in August, Bernalillo celebrates its history and culture in Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo, a celebration dating back more than 300 years.



Bernalillo Population

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  • Four trustees, elected for four-year staggered terms
  • Mayor, elected every four years
  • Town Manager, appointed


  • Electric: Public Service Company of New Mexico
  • Natural Gas: New Mexico Gas Company
  • Sewer: Town of Bernalillo
  • Solid Waste: Collection by private contractor
  • Source of Water: Ground water
  • Telephone: CenturyLink
  • Water: Town of Bernalillo


  • Air: Albuquerque International Sunport, passenger and freight
  • Commuter: New Mexico Rail Runner, Belen to Santa Fe
  • Freight: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Highways: I-25 (north-south); U.S. 550 between Bernalillo and Rio Rancho
  • Rail, passenger: Amtrak
  • Transit: Rio Metro


  • Kindergarten to 12th grade Bernalillo Public School District


  • Museums: The DeLavy House Museum, home of the Sandoval County Historical Society, features traveling exhibits.
  • Recreation: The Sandia Mountains to the east, which reach 10,678-foot at the highest point, offer skiing, hiking, biking and picnic spots. At the Jemez Canyon Dam is one of the county's best picnic spots.
  • Resorts: The luxury Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa at Santa Ana Pueblo features 350 rooms, a spa and fitness center, three pools, and horseback riding. The resort and its Twin Warriors Golf Club have received numerous awards.
  • Sports: The New Mexico Soccer Tournament Complex, northwest of Bernalillo on Santa Ana Pueblo, has 22 international-sized fields and is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
  • State Monuments: Coronado State Monument preserves the ruins of the Pueblo of Kuaua, where the Spanish explorer Coronado stopped in 1540. It offers a museum, a self-guided trail, and gallery showcasing kiva paintings.