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.  7/16

  If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact Tisha Green at (575.542.9428) at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

News & Announcements

One of Our 50 Is Missing

Dave Patterson loves telling his father-in-law’s “Missing” tale. While working at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo during the 1970s, his in-law struck up a conversation with a young airman from New York. The airman said that his mother warned him before he moved to Holloman that he should never leave the base. Why? Because of all the banditos roaming around on horseback. “Not only did the airman’s mother think he was being sent to a foreign country,” Patterson said, “she thought he was going back in time as well.”

Reprinted here with permission from New Mexico Magazine

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.   

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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