Welcome to Hidalgo County,
New Mexico

Located in the deep southwest along the borders of Arizona and Mexico, Hidalgo County began as farming, ranching, and mining communities long before statehood in 1912. With a population of 4,894 and an area of 3,445.63 square miles., it averages 1.4 persons per square mile.

Hidalgo County was formed from Grant County in 1919, with the county seat in Lordsburg. It was named in honor of Miguel Dolores Hidalgo, who led the revolution in Mexico in 1810, which eventually led to its independence from Spain. The county “towns” are Virden, Lordsburg, Cotton City, Animas, and Rodeo.

Panoramic mountain horizons and spectacular views of the sky are only part of the county’s appeal. It boasts two ghost towns, a geothermal electricity generating plant, birdwatching, ranch tours, and hiking.

Latitude 32.35   Longitude 108.709

Enchantment Begins Here!

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               Employment Opportunities


The Hidalgo County Detention Center is now accepting applications for Detention Officer. This process is to fill vacancies for Detention Officer as they occur over a period of four months. All qualified, interviewed, and considered applicants will be kept on file for a period of four months.

Applications must be turned into the Hidalgo County Managers office.  The Manager’s office will accept applications until the vacancies are filled.  Applications and job description may be picked up at The Hidalgo County Manager’s Office – 305 Pyramid Street, Lordsburg, NM or visit www.hidalgocounty.org. Hidalgo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  8/8/16


Economic Injury due to Drought

SBA Release Number AZ 14804-01, “SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Arizona Small Businesses,” sent to media today by the SBA Disaster Field Operations Center-West.  Small, nonfarm businesses in one neighboring New Mexico county, Hidalgo, are eligible to apply.  Application deadline: April 10, 2017.  See the attached files below.




News & Announcements




One of Our 50 Is Missing

While covering the National Park Service’s centennial, the Today show visited White Sands National Monument in early May. The story drew social-media howls after New York–based anchor Savannah Guthrie said the monument is in Mexico. Geri Johnson, a Texas resident with New Mexico roots, wrote on our Facebook page: “Those Today show TV people over there in York, England, should do some fact checking before they go on the air and talk about places they don’t know about. Surprise! New Mexico is an actual state located in the USA. … New York? Where’s that?”

Reprinted here with permission from New Mexico Magazine

Gila National Forest Plan Revision

Gila National Forest planners expect to have a summary document of the plan revision available in January.  The Forest will continue to update information on the process on the forest's web site here.  Questions may be addressed to:

Matt Schultz 
Forest Planner
Gila National Forest

phone: 575-388-8280
fax: 575-388-8222



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Animal Control Officer

Capture and removal of stray or dangerous animals will be handled by contacting the Hidalgo County Dispatch office at 575-542-8827.  Please provide a good description and location of the animal.   


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