Guadalupe History & Culture
The county was named for Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The county seat, Santa Rosa is a city of natural lakes. Though the little city was once a busy railroad intersection, cars are now transferred from rail to road in Santa Rosa and trucked out across America. Ranching’s legacy endures in the surrounding landscape, but tourism provides the area’s biggest economic base. 19 hotels and 21 restaurants beckon travelers on I-40. The Correctional Facility employs 180 people.
Besides being the Guadalupe county seat, Santa Rosa is home to Luna Vocational Technical Institute, as well as four schools, two medical clinics, a 58-bed nursing home, and a small hospital. Tucumcari Area Vocational School and New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas are within 70 miles of Santa Rosa. Another city asset is a community golf course. Santa Rosa also has a two-runway airport-part of the runway was Route 66 in a previous incarnation.