Los Lunas, New Mexico

Small Town Feel Outside Albuquerque

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Located just 25 miles south of Albuquerque, the village of Los Lunas offers a small town feel within a short driving distance of all the amenities the city has to offer. Los Lunas is about a 20-minute drive south of the city off I-25. Or take the "back way" down Route 47 through Isleta and Bosque Farms to get to the village from the west side. 

Los Lunas is a close-knit community with a population of about 14,000 people and is part of Albuquerque's statistical population area. Los Lunas is a family town, a suburb of Albuquerque, considered to be a bedroom community, much like Corrales to the north and west. It lies in Valencia County and is the county seat.

Los Lunas is a family town with small town values. There are small parks throughout the village, with a popular one at the Rio Grande, just by the bridge, called River Park. The Daniel Fernandez Community Center on 330 is in Daniel Fernandez Park. 

History of Los Lunas

Los Lunas is named after the Luna family that helped settle the area. The Luna Mansion is one of the Luna family homes and lies along the town's main road. It is a popular restaurant.

From 1990 through 2000, there was an upsurge in population, and Los Lunas High School opened as a result. Since 2010, there has again been a rise in population, and Valencia High School was opened further south to accommodate the growing population. Housing developments such as Huning Ranch in western Los Lunas, west of I-25, have added to the population growth. The village is known for its affordable homes.

Town Services

The town has a fire department, library, a parks and recreation program, and a multi-generational center. 

The Los Lunas school district has 15 schools and about 8,500 students. Along with a number of elementary schools, there are several middle schools and two high schools.

The village has a mayor and four village councilors. Los Lunas has its own police department and uses the Valencia County Sheriff's Department and the State Police for assistance.  

The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts contains a wealth of history about the area. 

Special Events and Things to Do in Los Lunas

Los Lunas holds special events through the year. They are family-friendly and designed to enable families with young children to enjoy seasonal festivities. Every Easter, there is an Egg Hunt and in December, Santa stops by to listen to Christmas wishes. Both events take place at Daniel Fernandez Park. 

Los Lunas holds annual parades. A Christmas parade takes place in December, with participants dressing up floats in holiday lights. The Fourth of July parade brings together floats, horses, clowns and more for the enjoyment of all. After the parade, there are festivities in Daniel Fernandez Park. 

A summer recreation program provides kids with a place to go and enjoy activities with other kids. It takes place at Daniel Fernandez Park. In the fall, there are outdoor adventures at River Park. 

In summer, a Farmers Market sets up at Heritage Park from June through October, from 4 to 7 p.m. The market is located across from the Smith's at the Valencia "Y" with Route 47 and Main Street, Route 6.

While in Los Lunas, visit the nearby Camino Real Winery.