Introduction to Belen, New Mexico
Belen, New Mexico is 30 miles S of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is in Valencia county. The city is part of the Albuquerque metro area. The population of Belen is 6,901.
Belen was founded by Antonio Salazar and Captain Don Diego Torres in 1740. The city earned its name from the Spanish town of Bethlehem. By the 19th century, Belen's economic condition began improving with the growth of the town's agricultural prospects. When New Mexico became a part of the United States in 1846, Belen gradually became a trade center. Belen gained recognition as a town in 1940, and as a city in 1966.
Belen and nearby Attractions
- Harvey House Museum
- Belén State Waterfowl Area
- Manzano State Park
- Explora! Science Center
- Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
- Rattlesnake Museum
Things To Do In Belen
Belen State Waterfowl Area is one of the nearest tourist attractions. Some of the nearby parks are Manzano State Park, Rio Grande Nature Center and the AARP Park. Manzano State Park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including picnicking and camping facilities. The Harvey House Museum, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and the Albuquerque Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history.
Albuquerque International Airport provides facilities for air transportation.
Belen Higher Education
The University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus and New Mexico State University provide facilities for higher education.