El Rito, New Mexico
El Rito was one of the first Spanish settlements in northern New Mexico. The oldest church in New Mexico is here, restored to its' original splendor back in the 1980's. This is a beautiful little valley on the El Rito, surrounded by Carson National Forest. The National Forest has a Ranger District office in El Rito.
The town was originally named "El Rito Colorado" (the little red creek) but that was shortened by the Postal Service so as not to be confused with anything in the State of Colorado.
El Rito is also home to the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College.
The Shrine next to the old church
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||635|
|65 & over||136|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||684|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||124|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more||25|