Introduction to Sunland Park, New Mexico

Sunland Park, New Mexico, in Dona Ana county, is 8 miles NW of El Paso, Texas. The people of the city are in the Las Cruces metropolitan area.

Sunland Park History

Previously known as Anapra, the town of Sunland Park is named after the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Historically, the town dates back over 5,000 years as a Native American settlement. It was first settled by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. In 1924, Anapra was purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and came to be known by its current name.

Sunland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Western Playland Amusement Park
  • Americana Museum
  • El Paso Museum of Art
  • War Eagles Air Museum

Things To Do In Sunland Park

The Americana Museum and Centennial Museum offer insight into the area's history. The Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is a very popular recreation site in the city. One can also visit the Western Playlands Amusement Park.

Sunland Park Transportation

El Paso International is the nearest major airport.

Sunland Park Higher Education

The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College and New Mexico State University provide programs for higher studies.



Total Population16,602
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+6,333
Age of the Population29


% of people married50.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.9%
Median Earnings25+$20,892
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,156
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,302


Median Family Income$31,567
% Above Poverty Level61.2%
% Below Poverty Level38.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%


People Living Alone17.5%
Median Gross Rent$637
Median House Value$104,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)86.4%
French Except Basque0.2%
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Sunland Park Almanac

CountyDona Ana County
Standard Zip Codes88063
Phone Area Codes575
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude31.79
Approximate Longitude-106.57

Sunland Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationLA TUNA 1 S
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp30 to 60 F
Apr Temp45 to 81 F
Jul Temp68 to 97 F
Oct Temp49 to 81 F
Annual Precip8.9 inches
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp29 to 61 F
Apr Temp47 to 81 F
Jul Temp69 to 99 F
Oct Temp48 to 81 F
Annual Precip9.7 inches
StationEL PASO 32 ENE
Distance37.8 miles
Jan Temp30 to 53 F
Apr Temp46 to 73 F
Jul Temp64 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 75 F
Annual Precip11.1 inches

Sunland Park Public Libraries

Sunland Park Community Library
Sunland Park, New Mexico
(575) 874-0873

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Sunland Park Public Schools

Desert View Elementary
1105 Valle Vista Dr
ZIP: 88063
(505) 882-6203
Total Enrollment 513
Gadsden Elementary
1440 Hwy 478
ZIP: 88063
(575) 882-3050
Total Enrollment 508
Riverside Elementary
4085 Mcnutt Rd
ZIP: 88063
(505) 882-6203
Total Enrollment 637
Sunland Park Elementary
305 Alto Vista
ZIP: 88063
(505) 882-6203
Total Enrollment 361
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