Churches and Organizations

Churches First Baptist Church 314 10th St. (575) 648-2968 Santa Rita Catholic Church 213 Birch St. (575) 648-2853 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D Ave. (575) 648-2993 Service Organizations Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce Carrizozo Rotary Club Meets Thursdays at noon at Four Winds Restaurant Carrizozo Woman’s Club 908 11th St. (575) 648-2546 American Legion Historical…

Governance

Town of Carrizozo The Town of Carrizozo was incorporated in 1917. It is a mayor-council government system. There are 4 trustees. The mayor breaks a tie. Meetings are typically the 2nd Tuesday of the month. During the pandemic, hearings are held by Zoom video conferencing. Links are available on the local email newsletter.Departments include police,…

Education

There are 5 independent school districts in the county, including Carrizozo Municipal Schools. Typical of low-density rural schools in New Mexico the Carrizozo elementary, middle and high schools average 145 to 150 students. With low numbers comes a high teacher to student ratio. In addition to football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, Carrizozo schools offer Natural…

Arts and Culture

Perhaps it is the isolation and remoteness that attracts creatives to Carrizozo. Or maybe it is the transcendental light that illuminates even the darkest corners of crumbling adobes and cracks in the malpais. Whatever it is, Carrizozo has an inordinate number per capita of working artists, writers, craftspeople, musicians and historians who work at home,…

Sports and Recreation

There are 2 nature trails near Carrizozo; one on the former golf course and another at Valley of Fires Recreation Area that attract bird watchers, nature lovers and walkers. A small lake near the nature trail is stocked with trout and the town swimming pool is open during the summer. Also just off the nature…

Demographics

PopulationAccording to New Mexico Hometown Locator, the total population of Carrizozo as of July 1, 2020 was 1,028. The population grew 0.31% from 2010 and is projected to grow 0.06% through 2025. Of the total population, 939 persons were listed as being in households. This represents a 0.51% increase from 2010. Projected growth is 0.18%…

Livability

In a 2008 town hall, residents were asked what made Carrizozo unique. Their answers included, the friendliness of the people, the fact that it is a small, quiet town, its historic buildings and the climate. It is not without common rural, small-town woes. Quiet can mean isolation, many of the historic buildings are falling into…

Life in Carrizozo

Carrizozo started as a link on the El Paso and Northeastern Railway (EP&NE) in 1899. In 1909, the county seat was moved from Lincoln to Carrizozo and the population grew to approximately 2,000. Unfortunately, the rise of the automobile, railway travel decreased and, with it, the boom that brought people and businesses to the area.…