El Duende, New Mexico

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El Duende, New Mexico
El Duende is located in New Mexico
El Duende
El Duende
Coordinates: 36°04′27″N 106°07′12″W / 36.07417°N 106.12000°W / 36.07417; -106.12000Coordinates: 36°04′27″N 106°07′12″W / 36.07417°N 106.12000°W / 36.07417; -106.12000
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
CountyRio Arriba
 • Total1.48 sq mi (3.84 km2)
 • Land1.47 sq mi (3.80 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
5,695 ft (1,736 m)
 • Total573
 • Density390.06/sq mi (150.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
Area code505
GNIS feature ID902820[3]

El Duende is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. Its population was 707 as of the 2010 census.[4] The community is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 84/285 and New Mexico State Road 74. El Duende means "the dwarf" in Spanish, but how and why it adopted this moniker is unknown.[5]


El Duende is located at 36°04′27″N 106°07′12″W / 36.0741889°N 106.1200240°W / 36.0741889; -106.1200240.[3] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the community has an area of 1.483 square miles (3.84 km2); 1.469 square miles (3.80 km2) of its area is land, and 0.014 square miles (0.036 km2) is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6][2]


It is in Española Public Schools.[7] The comprehensive public high school is Española Valley High School.


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "El Duende". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  4. ^ a b "2010 Census Gazetteer Files - Places: New Mexico". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Julyan, Robert (1996). The Place Names of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press. p. 118. ISBN 0826316891.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Rio Arriba County, NM" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-07-30.