Valencia County, New Mexico

Rio Grande Estates

Acreage Range 0.5-5 Acres
Price Range $1,200-$8,000

Notes about Purchasing

The page you are currently reading is what we like to call a "master information page" which we create for subdivisions where we have a larger volume of inventory than normal. We provide this as a way to concentrate all of the available information about this region, and the properties within it, into one page where buyers can better learn about the zoning, road conditions, availability of utilities and any of the other salient details we feel a prospective landowner would want to know. We also use this page as a way to present important details about all of the available properties within the region, this way potential buyers won't have to click from listing to listing.

For anyone interested in purchasing land in the subdivision profiled here, we encourage you to read over the information provided to better compare and contrast individual listings and ultimately choose the one that is best for you. While you cannot purchase a specific property on this page, the table of available listings linked below will give you the opportunity to navigate to individual listings pages, where payments options will be presented, and purchases can be made.

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Subdivision Details

Location & Size


General Location: Rio Grande Estates is a sprawling subdivision consisting of thousands of half and one acre parcels which stretches from the I-25 corridor in the west to the Manzano Mountains in the east and as far south as the Socorro County line. It makes up not only the largest subdivision in Valencia County but also the largest swath of undeveloped land in this rapidly growing region.

Valencia County, New Mexico

0.5-4 Acres

Los Lunas

Not Designated


Legal Information


When we speak of property we typically use an address -- 123 Main Street for instance. 

As most vacant land does not have a physical address, however, county governments will identify it in other ways, such as a "legal description", a parcel number or a tax code. The information provided in the table to the right are the ways in which the various state and county agencies will identify this specific parcel of land. These signifiers are important to have when speaking with these agencies - whether they be the assessor, the zoning office, or even the local utilities - and may prove invaluable when initiating conversations about whatever research a buyer intends to do.

Whenever one exists or has been assigned to the land, the physical address will be included in this table.

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$5.00 per lot

Access & Utilities


Legal Access/Road Access: While all properties in Rio Grande Estates have legal access, some roads are easier to navigate than others. Due to the area it encompasses, it's difficult to give a one-size-fits-all answer to the quality and condition of the roads here. That said, whichever part of the subdivision you're looking to purchase land in, all buyers are encouraged to take a larger truck or off-road capable vehicle when visiting the property.

Utilities: While many properties in the western parts of the subdivision have or sit in close proximity to power lines and underground utility boxes, overall this is a region largely devoid of utilities. Anyone attempting to build, RV or camp out here should expect to rely on alternative forms of power. Any specific property that has access to power lines will be noted on the individual listing page.

Cell Reception: It should be noted that despite the lack of utilities in this region, our photographer reported a surprisingly reliable cell reception throughout the entire subdivision.

Wells & Water Table Depth: Again, because of the area it encompasses, it's difficult to give a one-size-fits-all answer to the varying depths of the water table throughout this region. Anyone considering drilling a well here is encouraged to speak with local well drillers for a more accurate sense of cost and logistics.



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By Well or Holding Tank

By Septic/Alternative

Zoning & Restrictions


Zoning: Rio Grande Estates is a subdivision that consists of roughly 50,000 parcels. The vast majority of these parcels are zoned for Residential use either under the designation of Rural Residential 1 or Outland District. Despite there being two different designations for land in this region, the descriptions of the two per the Valencia County Zoning Ordinance are largely the same and anything permitted in one tends to be permitted in the other. For more information on these respective zoning designations, you can click this link to learn more about Rural Residential 1 and this link to learn more about Outland District.

Zoning, Cont'd: It should be noted that in a subdivision this massive, there will always be zoning anomalies or a small handful of parcels which may be designated differently than the rest. The above-mentioned designations cover well over 95% of the land in Rio Grande Estates.

Building/Camping/RVs: As this area is designed with residential development in mind, single family homes are acceptable here as well as mobile and modular homes. RVs are only acceptable here for thirty days at a time or up to twelve months with a building permit. Shipping container homes would likely be acceptable if erected per state building code guidelines while tiny homes, yurts and earthship homes would likely be deemed unacceptable. For specific questions about zoning, building plans or the permitting process, buyers are encouraged to contact the Valencia County Planning & Zoning office.

HOAs/Restrictions: The Rio Grande Estates subdivision has no Home Owners or Property Owners Association. There are no covenants or restrictions and no yearly dues for land owners in this region. Beyond the annual taxes you'll pay to Valencia County - which are currently assessed at roughly $5.00 per parcel - there are no additional costs to concern yourself with.





Title Info


Free & Clear





Special Warranty Deed

Notary Close


Helpful Links


The Hemingway Land Company does our best to represent the properties we list as accurately as possible. Our research, however, will always be limited. 

Because of this, included in the table to the right is a list of the relevant state and county governments, agencies and authorities as well as local utilities (and all their respective websites and contact information) which should help to answer any questions a buyer may have about developing this specific property.

Whenever possible it is best to speak with these agencies first as they will always be a far greater source of information about the local region and the regulations which govern it. 

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Socorro vs Valencia County: It should be noted that the Rio Grande Estates subdivision that we are selling land in - in Valencia County is very different than the Rio Grande Estates subdivision we are selling land in - in Socorro County. Each subdivision's regulations are different, each subdivision's roads are maintained differently, and each subdivision is outfitted differently with utilities. So despite the fact they share the same name, these are two wholly different communities providing their own distinct benefits and drawbacks to potential land owners. To learn more about our Rio Grande Estates listings in Socorro County please navigate to the Socorro County listings on our New Mexico Listings Page.

Pricing: The Hemingway Land Company has attempted to price the properties in this subdivision as affordably and as uniformly as possible with 1 acre lots listed for between $1,200 and $1,600, 2 acre lots listed at $2,400, and so on and so forth. Additionally, we are offering affordable financing options on most all of our inventory under 2 acres. In some cases, however, certain lots have been priced higher on a price-per-acre basis due to some exceptional feature that the property boasts such as utilities, improved road access or because it sits in a more developed area. Where applicable, each property's specific listing page will describe the differences or particular features of a given parcel.

Photography Disclosure: Due to the large volume of inventory we have in this region, unlike other listings on our site, the photos displayed at the bottom of each page will be from the general area of a property and not from the parcel itself. We have done our best to get a variety of photos from each specific region of the subdivision and in each property's photo gallery we have posted photos we feel most accurately represent the region that property is in. Anyone looking for an exact sense of the property, its terrain or surroundings is encouraged to scout the individual listing at their leisure.