Hidalgo County

Located in the deep southwest along the borders of Arizona and Mexico, Hidalgo County began as farming, ranching, and mining communities long before statehood in 1912.

The county was formed from Grant County in 1919, with the county seat in Lordsburg. It was named in honor of Miguel Dolores Hidalgo, who led the revolution in Mexico in 1810, which eventually led to its independence from Spain. The county “towns” are Virden, Lordsburg, Cotton City, Animas, and Rodeo. Panoramic mountain horizons and spectacular views of the sky are only part of the county’s appeal. It boasts two ghost towns, a geothermal electricity generating plant, birdwatching, ranch tours, and hiking.

Lew Wallace, NM Territorial Governor from 1878-1881 and author of Ben Hur, stayed at Shakespeare during a trip. In 1917, Pat Garrett’s blind daughter Elizabeth Garrett wrote the state song “O Fair New Mexico” in Lordsburg. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh stopped in Hidalgo County in the “Spirit of Saint Louis”. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor attended 8th grade in Lordsburg. With a population of approximately 4,894 and an area of 3,445 square miles the county averages 1.4 persons per square mile.

Upcoming Events

16 Hour Verbal De-Escalation @ Roosevelt County, Portales, NM
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am – Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm


This 16-hour training teaches students verbal de-escalation skills that apply psychology to aid a highly agitated person in bringing their emotions under control. This training is intended for Detention Staff and Sheriff’s Deputies. 16 Hr De-Escalation (PDF)

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool Members.  Non-members can inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee.

CIT – 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training @ Bernaillo County, Albuquerque, NM
Nov 13 @ 8:00 am – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm


This 40-hour training provides verbal de-escalation, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness training. This training is intended for Sheriff Deputies, Detention Staff, Firefighter and Emergency Medical First Responders.

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Pool members.  Non-pool members may inquire about attending (based on availability) for a fee.

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