Belen, New Mexico


Belen, New Mexico is a small rural community.  It's the second largest settlement in Valencia County with the only downtown.  The name means Bethlehem in Spanish.  It's located about 24 miles down river from Albuquerque, along the Rio Grande.  It has some great old buildings and is the original home of Eva's Chili.  In recent years it's been the location for a number of movies including "Swing Vote", "The Last Stand" and most recently Johnny Depp's "Transcendence".

On Main Street there's a touching memorial to 9/11 that includes actual artifacts from the wreckage.

Belen is along the Camino Real, The Royal Road, the trail the conquistadors took through the state looking for the city of gold.  

It's also known as the Hub City because of the railroad switchyard.  We have one of the original Harvey Houses here.  It's been turned into a museum.  Near to the Harvey House is the historic Doodlebug commuter train outdoor display.  Today we're the Southern most stop for the New Mexico Rail Runner, our current commuter train.

We have a community center on the west side that was the location of the first Belen Balloon Rally in 2009 and is the new home of the St Patrick's Day Balloon Ralley.

We're a test site for a new solar power technology.  The collectors are in the parking lot at City Hall.


How to Get Here

FROM I-25, EXIT 195

Drive past the Wal-Mart, under the underpass and merge with Hwy 314 / Main Street.  Drive past the Giant, over the overpass.  This will take you straight into downtown Belen.

FROM I-25, EXIT 191

Exit the freeway and turn East, toward the mountains.  Then turn left on Main Street, at the traffic light to reach downtown Belen.

FROM HWY 314, SOUTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE AND POINTS NORTH

Drive South through Los Lunas and Los Chaves.  Pass the turn off to I-25 exit 195 and past the Giant, over the overpass.  This will take you straight into downtown Belen.

FROM HWY 47, SOUTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE AND POINTS NORTH

Drive South through Bosque Farms, Peralta and Los Lunas to the Valencia Y.  There's a traffic light at the Walgreen's, turn left to stay on Hwy 47.  Continue through the Meadow Lake intersection on down to Rio Communities (Allsups).  Take a right at the light, to go West on River Road, which becomes Reinken Ave.  Continue over the train tracks to get to downtown Belen.

FROM THE BELEN RAIL RUNNER STATION

Exit the parking lot of the Belen Rail Runner Station , following the alley road around until you can access the Reinken Ave. Bridge or take Desoto to Wisconsin and turn right on Wisconsin to the light.  Go over the tracks on the bridge to reach downtown Belen.


Here's Belen, New Mexico on the map.



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