Tijeras, New Mexico

  • The big cement plant in Tijeras
  • Ranger office of Cibola National Forest
  • Site of the ancient Tijeras Pueblo
  • The walking trail around the Tijeras Pueblo site

The village of Tijeras sits at the junction of Tijeras Canyon (which leads west between the Sandia and Manzano Mountains) and Cedro Canyon (which leads south into the Manzano Mountains). New Mexico Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail) also heads north from Tijeras on the east side of the Sandia Mountains. Old Route 66 also runs through Tijeras but the traffic duties were transferred to Interstate 40 long ago.

The original inhabitants of the area of Tijeras were Ancient Puebloans. They left a site just outside town that has recently been excavated. Chances are good the pueblo was still occupied at the time of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado but when he and his men journeyed through central New Mexico in the early 1500's, the European diseases they brought with them decimated many of the pueblos of that time and the Tijeras Pueblo has been deserted at least since then.

The largest employer in the area is a cement plant that was built in the late 1950's. Many of the townspeople commute down the length of Tijeras Canyon to work in Albuquerque.

Tijeras, New Mexico
The East Mountain Library (a branch of the Bernalillo County Library system) in Tijeras, New Mexico
A model of what Tijeras Pueblo may have looked like back in the day
A model of what Tijeras Pueblo may have looked like back in the day
Welcome to Tijeras Pueblo sign
Welcome to Tijeras Pueblo sign
Fast Facts about Tijeras, New Mexico
Tijeras, Bernalillo County, NM 87059
Latitude: 35.08755°N
Longitude: 106.377354°W
Elevation: 6,322'

High School or Higher: 80.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 14.4%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 8.5%
Cost of Living Index for Tijeras: 88.9

2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $49,440
Median Home Value: $229,480
Median Resident Age: 38.9 Years
Major Industries:
Retail Services, Construction, Transportation, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Educational Services, Professional Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Government, Health Care, Social Services
Unemployed (August 2014): 6.6%
Population Demographics: 2010
Total Population 541
Males 278
Females 263
Population by Age
Under 18 97
18 & over 444
20-24 35
25-34 43
35-49 108
50-64 164
65 & over 84
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 274
Non Hispanic or Latino 267
Population by Race
White 410
African-American 4
Asian 2
Native American 8
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0
Other 99
Two or more 18