Bicycle City New Mexico

Table of Contents
Potential Bicycle City Locations Introduction
Potential New Mexico Bicycle City Locations
Alternative Energy Organizations & Companies in New Mexico
New Mexico Business Organizations & Resources
New Mexico Education Organizations & Resources
New Mexico Environmental Groups
New Mexico International Groups
New Mexico State Government
New Mexico Other Useful Links
In Conclusion
Introduction

A state of small towns and cities with abundant space between known as the Land of Enchantment provides multiple scenic locations for prospective Bicycle City, New Mexico, development. The state’s moderate climate and 350 days of annual sunshine have created burgeoning retirement community growth and foster enthusiastic interest in eco-friendly alternative transportation modes for work and play.

Almost half of New Mexico is in public ownership, which creates endless outdoor opportunities and open space, according to The New Mexico Tourism Department. New Mexico is known for its Native American ruins, and is also home to hot springs, caves, lava flows and rock formations, the Tourism Department reports.

Residents and tourists of a possible Bicycle City, N.M. development could enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing caving, mountain biking, horseback riding, and even skiing at the sprawling Lincoln National Forest, about 100 miles northeast of Las Cruces and near Alamogordo.

Potential New Mexico Bicycle City Locations

Some great locations for Bicycle City, N.M. might be located 10 to 100 miles outside of these New Mexico hotspots in areas where it could co-exist with the unspoiled natural environment.

Alamogordo, NM
  • Population: 36,245
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 13 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 55, Feb 61, Mar 6, Apr 75, May 84, Jun 94, Jul 93, Aug 90, Sep 85, Oct 76, Nov 64 , Dec 56
  • Water: Lake Lucero
  • Adjacent Public Land: White Sands National Monument Oliver Lee State Park, Lincoln National Forest
  • Zip Codes: 88310, 88311
  • Other Highlights: The city name means Fat (Gordo) Cottonwood (Alamo). At the gateway to White Sands National Monument to the west and guarded by the Sacramento Mountains to the east, residents of Alamogordo can ski in the winter in the mountains and play a round of golf in the afternoon. Developed as a railroad junction, Alamagordo is home to the Holloman Air Force Base, home to the F-117, Nighthawk and Stealth fighters.
Los Alamos, NM
  • Population: 11,909 18,343 (County)
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 19 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 38, Feb 43, Mar 50, Apr 58, May 67, Jun 78, Jul 80, Aug 77, Sep 71 , Oct 61, Nov 48 , Dec 40
  • Water: Rio Grande River
  • Adjacent Public Land: Bandelier National Monument
  • Zip Codes: 87544, 87545
  • Other Highlights: Unincorporated town within Los Alamos County is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory; is New Mexico’s best educated town with near 70% of the Population holding an advanced degree. County topped the American City Business Journal’s 2004 list as the best place to live in America in terms of quality of life.
White Rock, NM
  • Population: 6,045 18,343 (County)
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 19 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 38, Feb 43, Mar 50, Apr 58, May 67, Jun 78, Jul 80, Aug 77, Sep 71 , Oct 61, Nov 48 , Dec 40
  • Water: Rio Grande River. Pajarito Springs
  • Adjacent Public Land: Bandelier National Monument
  • Zip Codes: 87544
  • Other Highlights: White Rock is considered a bedroom community for employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. It sits on the spectacular White Rock Canyon of the Rio Grande River. Multiple canyon rim trails offer spectacular views and challenging terrain.
Grants, NM
  • Population: 8,806
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 11 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 48, Feb 54, Mar 60, Apr 68, May 77, Jun 87, Jul 89, Aug 86, Sep 81, Oct 71, Nov 58 , Dec 49
  • Water: Bluewater Reservoir
  • Adjacent Public Land: El Malpais National Monument. Bluewater lake State Park
  • Zip Codes: 87020
  • Other Highlights: Small community an hour away from Albuquerque. Located along the famed Route 66, it is known as Uranium City and home to the only Uranium Mining Museum in the world. Nearby are the San Manteo and Zuni Mountains.
Sliver City, NM
  • Population: 10,054 (county 30,000)
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 11 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 48, Feb 54, Mar 60, Apr 68, May 77, Jun 87, Jul 89, Aug 86, Sep 81, Oct 71, Nov 58 , Dec 49
  • Water: Bear Canyon Lake, Bill Evans Lake, Lake Roberts
  • Adjacent Public Land: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Gila Wilderness
  • Zip Codes: 87020
  • Other Highlights: Located alongside 3 million acres of the Gila Wilderness, Sliver City features the start of The Trail of Mountain Spirits, a scenic byway that winds for 90 miles through the Gila Wilderness. A bit north is the Continental Divide Scenic Trail, a 14-miles forested trail. Near canyons, forests, lakes and valleys, the area has been a desirable place to live for thousands of years. Home to Western New Mexico State University.
Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Population: 7,289
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 11 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 56, Feb 63, Mar 69, Apr 76, May 85, Jun 95, Jul 95, Aug 92, Sep 87, Oct 77, Nov 65, Dec 55
  • Water: Rio Grande River, Elephant Butte Reservoir
  • Adjacent Public Land: Elephant Butte State Park, Caballo State Park
  • Zip Codes: 87901
  • Other Highlights: Originally named Hot Springs, the town changed its name to become the home for a popular radio program in 1950, and for 50 years the program was broadcast from Truth or Consequences, NM. At one point the city boasted more than 40 hot springs. The number ebb and flow with the water level of the Rio Grande. Today the city is a desirable retirement community.
Las Cruces, NM
  • Population: 82,671
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 10 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 57, Feb 62, Mar 69, Apr 77, May 85, Jun 94, Jul 94, Aug 91, Sep 86, Oct 78, Nov 66, Dec 58
  • Water: Rio Grande River, Lake Lucero
  • Adjacent Public Land: Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area, Dripping Springs Recreation Area, Leasburg Dam State Park, Organ Mountain Preserve, Lincoln National Forest
  • Zip Codes: 88001, 88002, 88005, 88007, 88011, 88012
  • Other Highlights: Home to the Whole Enchilada Festival and New Mexico State University. In 2006, AARP designated Las Cruces as among the top five places to retire. Bordered by the Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is just 50 miles from Juarez, Mexico. Today it is surrounded by groves of pecan tress and fields of cotton and chile peppers.
Roswell, NM
  • Population: 45,199
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 14 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 55, Feb 62, Mar 70, Apr 77, May 86, Jun 94, Jul 95, Aug 93, Sep 86, Oct 77, Nov 65, Dec 56
  • Water: The Spring River, The Hondo River, The Pecos River,Two Rivers Reservoir
  • Adjacent Public Land: Bottomless Lakes State Park
  • Zip Codes: 88201, 88202, 88203
  • Other Highlights: Roswell, nicknamed All America City, is a place with a rich history. It is also known as the Alien Capital of the World. In the 1930’s it was the site for much of Robert Goddard’s early work on rockets. In 1947, it became known as the site of a UFO accident and today the city sells itself as a tourist destination for UFO enthusiasts which includes an annual festival.
Carlsbad, NM
  • Population: 27,463
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 14 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 58, Feb 64, Mar 72, Apr 79, May 87, Jun 95, Jul 96, Aug 94, Sep 88, Oct 79, Nov 68, Dec 59
  • Water: Avalon Reservoir, Pecos River, Lake Carlsbad, Brantley Lake
  • Adjacent Public Land: Living Desert State Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Brantley Lake State Park, Guadalupe Mountains
  • Zip Codes: 88220, 88221
  • Other Highlights: Known for the famed “Bat Cave” in the Carlsbad Caverns National State Park; prime fishing and boating; dry, clean air makes it a destination for those with lung, sinus, arthritis and asthma conditions.
Santa Rosa, NM
  • Population: 2,744
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 16 inches
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan 54, Feb 59, Mar 50, Apr 66, May 74, Jun 90, Jul 92, Aug 90, Sep 84, Oct 75, Nov 62, Dec 54
  • Water: Surrounded by natural lakes and known as the City of Natural Lakes; Santa Rosa Lake, Pecos River
  • Adjacent Public Land: Santa Rosa State Park
  • Zip Codes: 88435
  • Other Highlights: City is in the dry desert, but surrounded by many natural lakes surrounding it; primarily created by sinkholes in the limestone bedrock (Blue Hole is a popular spot for divers). The city’s stretch of Route 66 was the site for the train scene in John Ford’s film the Grapes of Wrath.
Potential Location Source List
Alternative Energy Organizations & Companies in New Mexico
New Mexico Animal & Wildlife Groups
New Mexico Business Organizations & Resources
New Mexico Education Organizations & Resources
New Mexico Environmental Groups
New Mexico International Groups
New Mexico State Government
New Mexico Other Useful Links
In Conclusion

With vast acres of unspoiled land surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, desert, lava flats and caverns, the state’s unparalleled beauty could be an ideal location for Bicycle City, New Mexico, development. Most importantly, potential Bicycle City, N.M. development sites already house environmentally aware, health-conscious residents looking to live a laid-back lifestyle under clear blue skies.