Homesteading in New Mexico

Homesteading in New Mexico – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in new mexico

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $540


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: Lots of open country still, land can be found for a good price far from the cities and tourist spots. Good climate, mild weather in most of the state. Good for off-grid living. Lots of agriculture, ranching and local knowledge of how to do things. Mix of cultures is a help. Wide variation in land: northern mountains, western mountains, southern mountains, high desert, river valley, plains. The growing season is fairly long. Spanish is a help, but not a necessity. If you get to know all kinds of people, you can get good set ups for trading and selling. Being friendly, respectful and trustworthy gets you friends anywhere. There is little obvious prejudice, people get along, do business, marry freely. But there are old quiet separations between White, Mexican and Indian that it’s good to be aware of.

Cons: Much of the open land is federal land, and they want more. Some is tribal, don’t mess around there. Some areas are old Spanish land grants and in some old small towns you might have a hard time being accepted if you buy land nearby as an outsider. Crime is high in some areas, especially around cities and larger towns. Water can be an issue in mountain areas. NM is a poor state mostly. Don’t badmouth anyone: the person you’re talking to might be their cousin or in-law.

Buddy, 1 acres



12 thoughts on “Homesteading in New Mexico

  • January 25, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    Permalink desperately seeking advice. How to save property frm greedy cibling. New to using smrt ph .any help is appreciated. This situation is david against appreciated.

    • September 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Unfortunately, you have to get a lawyer. This is a legal issues and it’s best to get one before he/she does.

  • February 9, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Hello, my name is Carlos, I was wondering which land is available for homesteading in New Mexico. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for your time. The best way to reach me is threw email.

  • August 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I too would like more information on Homesteading and the land available. Thank you.

    • June 14, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Call (505)908-7760 Perhaps help e/o_d’

  • September 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Need help finding land for cheap. Off grid and away from others. No infrastructure is fine with me. Water, pond, river, or well is a plus. If anyone knows anything please let me know.

  • November 8, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Interested in Homesteading land in NM preferably in the Southern areas East or West , please send links or information to

    Thank you ,


    • September 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      I am an ole timer in Roswell, NM. Feel free to contact me in regards to homesteading in NM. Or off grid info. I live in town Roswell NM. But know this area pretty good.

      • September 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm


        I am looking for homesteading land for an animal Sanctuary. Any advice would be appreciated.


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