Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Introduction to Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas, New Mexico, in San Miguel county, is 40 miles E of Santa Fe, New Mexico and 87 miles NE of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As of the year 2000 census, 14,565 people lived in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas History

Las Vegas was originally settled by a group of people who received a grant from the government of Mexico in 1835. It was built in traditional Spanish colonial style and was heavily fortified against attacks. General Stephen W. Kearny claimed it as a part of America during the Mexican-American War. Las Vegas derives its name from the Spanish for meadows.

Las Vegas and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Union National Monument
  • New Mexico Highlands University Golf Course
  • The City of Las Vegas Museum
  • Rough Rider Memorial
  • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Las Vegas

Las Vegas offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge is the habitat for over 270 species of birds. The Rough Rider Memorial showcases a large collection of artifacts, archives and photographs of the Rough Riders Regiment, which were created by Theodore Roosevelt, as well as Native American pottery, costumes and ranching/farming equipment. The Fort Union National Monument and the City of Las Vegas Museum also offer insight into the area’s history. The New Mexico Highlands University Golf Course is nearby as well.

Las Vegas Transportation

Air transportation is available from Albuquerque International Airport.

Las Vegas Higher Education

New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Vocational Technical Institute are the local institutions of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus and the University of New Mexico.

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