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Catron History & Culture

Catron County is centrally located on the state’s western border in the heart of some of the most spectacular country in the Southwest. The terrain consists predominantly of mountains and high mesas with extensive plains regions in the north and east. A portion of the Gila Forest was declared wilderness in 1924, making it the oldest declared wilderness in the U.S. Cattle ranching is the largest source of agricultural income mainstays for the entire economy. Like many other rural New Mexico counties, population remains small with consistently low incomes and high rates of unemployment. Catron County is attracted by beautiful lakes and mountains, which is good for hiking, birding, hunting, fishing, and camping.

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