Our town was founded in 1740 by two Spaniards, Captain Don Diego Torres and his brother-in-law Antonio Salazar. Belen is Spanish for "Bethlehem," and as such, our community is named for the famous Biblical town where Jesus was born. For the first century of its existence, Belen was a community focused on agriculture and sheep-herding.
In 1846, New Mexico became a territory of the United States. New immigrants came in a wave that transformed the city into a commercial hub. When the railroad reached town in 1880, it brought even more expansion and business. Belen ultimately came to be known as a "hub city" because of the location of the Belen Cutoff on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
Average high temperatures in Belen climb to 92 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and the average low temperature reaches just 18 degrees in January. Monthly precipitation averages merely .8 inch. The annual snowfall average is 11 inches.
Belen contains 11 public schools and three private schools for local students to choose from. Institutions of higher education that are available within 30 miles of Belen include the University of New Mexico, the University of Phoenix - Albuquerque and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute.
First Choice Community Health serves local health care needs.
Those in need of transportation around the country or the globe will find the major metropolis of Albuquerque waiting within a 30-minute drive. The city is home to Albuquerque International Sunport, a major airport that services more than six million passengers each year.
Belen is home to a recreation center with facilities for sports such as basketball, sand volleyball and tennis. There is also a community center in town that hosts local events and also contains a public weight/exercise room.
The famous Rio Grande River flows through Belen. On the Rio Grande, you can hike and bike along the shoreline, boat on the water or cast your line as you attempt to reel in a variety of trout.
Tierra Del Sol Golf Course is located in Belen. This semi-private course boasts 18 holes with three sets of tees for a variety of skill levels.
If you crave the amenities of a major city, you'll want to take a short drive to Albuquerque. This is where you'll find an exciting nightlife, a AAA-level baseball team, and numerous dance and music troupes based in the city. In fact, there are no less than 300 organizations dedicated to all forms of art that have made Albuquerque their home.
There's even more to enjoy and explore in and around Belen. Contact us today, and we'll easily be able to show you why you should come to this part of beautiful New Mexico. We're ready to help you find the property of your dreams.