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Columbus, NM 88029
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About UsColumbus, New Mexico has a fascinating history, a 24-hour border crossing, a varied and unique geology, a New Mexico State Park, a museum, and a mild winter climate. Columbus is a New Mexican village which attracts tourists, artists, historians, authors, and retirees from all over the U.S.
Columbus has an unusual and colorful history. The village was first established in 1891, just across the border from Palomas, Mexico. In 1902, when the El Paso/Santa Fe Railroad Line opened a station for Columbus, the residents moved themselves and their village three miles north to the present location.
Of particular interest to visitors and serious historians alike are the Columbus Historical Museum, the Columbus historical walking tour which explains several sites associated with the Raid, and Pancho Villa State Park which was the original grounds of Pershing's Camp Furlong.
While Columbus is not in the mountains, it has ranges on all four sides. To the east and north of Columbus is the Florida Mountain range; to the west and north is the Tres Hermanas Range; south into Mexico is the Sierra de los Palomas, and to the north is Cooke's Range.
Those who appreciate the flora and fauna of the Chihuahuan Desert love the open ranges around Columbus. Depending upon the season, hummingbirds, snow geese, dove, quail, hawks, eagles, finches, rabbits, hares, and many types of lizards are plentiful. Chaparral, sage, and other desert herbs, plants, and wild flowers are abundant.
While Columbus remains a refuge for those who like the quiet life, many amenities such as a modern health clinic, a regional learning center, and high speed internet service provide a quality of life comparable to many suburban environments. Major U.S. shopping and entertainment venues are only an hour away in El Paso, Texas.
Another major attraction is waiting just 3 minutes away in Old Mexico. Simply park, and walk across the border for a great cultural shopping, dining, and most every medical-tourism service you could ask for!
The area has long experienced a successful blend of cultures between the Anglo and Hispanic peoples. This southwest tradition can be seen in the architecture, the foods, and the celebrations that are so popular in the area.
While lots of people come to the Columbus, New Mexico area for the attractions, some stay and become residents. The Columbus area has become a great community for retirement in southwest New Mexico. It has also been coveted by artists and others who want to get away from the crowds. The low cost of living, and easy access to Mexico for supplies and services is a big draw. Equally important to full time residents is the weather.