Hernandez, New Mexico

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Hernandez is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. Hernandez is about 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Española on highway US 84 / US 285.

Within the unincorporated community is the built-up census-designated place (CDP) of Hernandez, with an area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2).[1] The Hernandez CDP had a population of 946 in the 2010 census,[2]

The entire Hernandez area 55 square miles (140 km2) has the ZIP code 87537,[3] pointing to ZIP Code Tabulation Area 87537 (ZCTA), with a population of 2,957 in the 2010 U.S. census.[4] The racial makeup of the Hernandez ZCTA was 58.4% White, 0.4% African American, 2.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 35.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races.[5] Hispanic or Latino of any race were 88.9% of the population.[5]

Hernandez is best known as the subject of a 1941 Ansel Adams photograph, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.


Hernandez has one Elementary school, part of the Espanola Public Schools system:

  • Hernandez Elementary

In popular culture[edit]

Despite its small population and unincorporated status, Hernandez became well known as the site of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, a black and white photograph taken by Ansel Adams, late in the afternoon on November 1, 1941,[6] from a shoulder of highway US 84 / US 285.[7] The fame of Hernandez grew when an escalation in the market value of photographic works was launched in 1971, when a 1948 print of this image of Hernandez sold at auction "for the then-unheard-of price of $71,500" ($442,300 today), with that same copy selling in 2006 for $609,600 ($757,600 today) at a Sotheby's New York auction.[8]

In 1931, Georgia O'Keeffe visited the community and completed her painting Another Church, Hernandez, New Mexico, showing the front and partial interior of an adobe church in the community.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hernandez, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data". New Mexico Gazetteer. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  2. ^ "Population: 2010 Hernandez CDP, New Mexico". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  3. ^ "Look Up a ZIP Code: Hernandez NM". United States Postal Service. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  4. ^ "Population: 2010 ZCTA5 87637 - Hernandez NM". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  5. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 ZCTA5 87637 - Hernandez NM". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  6. ^ Szasz, Ferenc (2006). Larger than life: New Mexico in the twentieth century. UNM Press. p. 75. ISBN 0-8263-3883-6.
  7. ^ Alinder, Mary Street (1998). Ansel Adams: A Biography. New York: Macmillan. p. 185. ISBN 0-8050-5835-4.
  8. ^ "Art Market Watch". Artnet. 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  9. ^ "Another Church, Hernandez, New Mexico, (painting)". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 2017-11-02.

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Coordinates: 36°03′46″N 106°07′10″W / 36.06278°N 106.11944°W / 36.06278; -106.11944