San Miguel County

San Miguel County was established January 9, 1852. It is the gateway to the southern Rockies, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

The county got its name from the town of San Miguel de Bado, which was a crossing at the Pecos River on the Old Spanish Trail. The county population is approximately 27,760 covering a total area of 4,736 square miles.

The county seat is Las Vegas, which was the largest city in New Mexico at the turn of the 20th century and was established long before its Nevada counterpart. Las Vegas was also New Mexico’s first territorial capital for one day. Over 900 historic districts are on the National Registry in Las Vegas. Twenty-one Rough Riders were provided to Teddy Roosevelt in 1898. San Miguel County is one of the most beautiful counties in New Mexico ranging from mountains to meadows. It has two colleges and boasts tourism and retirement as a major contributor to the economic value.

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.