Rodeo, New Mexico

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Rodeo, New Mexico
Census-designated place
A photo of the town of Rodeo, taken from above
Rodeo is located in New Mexico
Rodeo is located in the US
Coordinates: 31°50′13″N 109°1′54″W / 31.83694°N 109.03167°W / 31.83694; -109.03167Coordinates: 31°50′13″N 109°1′54″W / 31.83694°N 109.03167°W / 31.83694; -109.03167
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Hidalgo
 • Total 8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)
 • Land 8.2 sq mi (21.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,124 ft (1,257 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 101
 • Density 12/sq mi (4.8/km2)
ZIP Code 88056
Area code(s) 575
FIPS code 35-64370
GNIS feature ID 0894117

Rodeo is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hidalgo County in the southwestern corner of New Mexico at 31°50′13″N 109°01′54″W / 31.83694°N 109.03167°W / 31.83694; -109.03167.[1] It lies less than one mile from the border with Arizona on New Mexico State Highway 80. As of the 2010 census, the population of Rodeo was 101.[2]


Founded in 1902 as a rail stop on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad line running from Bisbee, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, it became the center for cattle shipping in the San Simon Valley. Two views exist as to the source of Rodeo's name. One suggests it derives from the Spanish word rodeo, meaning "roundup" or "enclosure", in reference to cattle shipping.[3] However, the noun rodeo is derived from the Spanish verb rodear meaning "to surround" or "to go around".[4] The El Paso and Southwestern railroad runs east across the southern part of the state and after passing through Antelope Pass turns south to Rodeo continuing to Douglas, Arizona, and then north to Bisbee, going around the Chiricahua Mountains.


Rodeo is in western Hidalgo County, bordering the state of Arizona. New Mexico Highway 80 leads north 30 miles (48 km) to Interstate 10 at Road Forks and southwest 2 miles (3 km) to the state line, continuing as Arizona State Route 80 southwest another 48 miles (77 km) to Douglas, Arizona. Lordsburg, the Hidalgo County seat, is 47 miles (76 km) to the northeast via Highway 80 and I-10.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Rodeo CDP has an area of 8.2 square miles (21.2 km2), all land.[2]


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