Penasco, New Mexico

  • Looking across the valley of Penasco from the northeast
  • In the heart of Penasco
  • An old barn in Penasco
  • Looking north across Penasco

What I'm calling Peñasco is a "Census Designated Place," a loosely defined group of settlements, most of them part of the Picuris Pueblo Reservation. It's a beautiful valley. There's a central school area. Most business seems to be along the state highways. The folks are pretty spread out up the valley, almost like an urban sprawl. There's views in every direction. You go through here on your way to the Santa Barbara Campground in Carson National Forest and the National Forest Service trailheads that lead from there into the north end of the Pecos Wilderness. This is also probably the easiest way to get in and get up on the ridge if you want to climb the Truchas Peaks.

Fast Facts about Peñasco, New Mexico
Peñasco, Taos County, NM 87553
Latitude: 36.1721°N
Longitude: 105.6895°W
Census Designated Place
Elevation: 7,685'

High School or Higher: 68.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 17.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 3.4%
Cost of Living Index for Penasco: 87.4

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $27,500
Median Home Value: $205,480
Median Resident Age: 35.3 Years
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Government, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Health Care, Waste Management Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Retail Services, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 8.3%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 589
Males 283
Females 306
Population by Age
Under 18 149
18 & over 440
20-24 21
25-34 51
35-49 129
50-64 111
65 & over 104
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 533
Non Hispanic or Latino 56
Population by Race
White 359
African-American 2
Asian 0
Native American 2
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 183
Two or more 43