Located just 25 miles south of Albuquerque, the town of Los Lunas offers a small town feel just a short drive from all the amenities the city has to offer. Los Lunas is about a 20-minute drive south of town on I-25. Or take the “way back” on Route 47 through Isleta and Bosque Farms to get to town from the west side.
Los Lunas is a tight-knit community with a population of approximately 14,000 people and is part of the Albuquerque Statistical Population Area. Los Lunas is a family town, a suburb of Albuquerque, considered a bedroom community, much like Corrales to the north and west. It is located in the county of Valencia and is the county seat.
Los Lunas is a family town with small town values. There are small parks throughout the town, with a popular one on the Rio Grande, right next to the bridge, called River Park. The Daniel Fernández Community Center at 330 is in the Daniel Fernández Park.
History of the moons
Los Lunas is named after the Luna family who helped colonize the area. La Luna Mansion is one of the homes of the Luna family and is located along the main road in town. It is a popular restaurant.
From 1990 to 2000, there was an increase in population, and as a result Los Lunas High School was opened. Since 2010, there has again been an increase in population, and Valencia High School opened further south to accommodate the growing population. Housing developments like Huning Ranch in West Los Lunas, west of I-25, have contributed to population growth. The town is known for its affordable houses.
The city has a fire department, a library, a parks and recreation program, and a multigenerational center.
The Los Lunas School District has 15 schools and about 8,500 students. Along with several elementary schools, there are several middle schools and two high schools.
The town has a mayor and four town councilors. Los Lunas has its own police department and uses the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police for assistance.
The Los Lunas Heritage and Arts Museum contains a wealth of history about the area.
Special events and things to do in Los Lunas
Los Lunas holds special events throughout the year. They are ideal for families and are designed to allow families with young children to enjoy the seasonal festivities. Every Easter, there is an egg hunt and in December, Santa stops by to hear the Christmas wishes. Both events take place in the Daniel Fernández park.
Los Lunas holds annual parades. A Christmas parade takes place in December, with participants wearing floats in light of the holidays. The 4th of July parade brings together floats, horses, clowns and more for everyone to enjoy. After the parade, there are festivities in Daniel Fernández Park.
A summer recreation program gives children a place to go and enjoy activities with other children. It takes place in the Daniel Fernández park. In the fall, there are outdoor adventures at River Park.
In the summer, a Farmers Market is established in Heritage Park from June to October, 4-7pm. The market is located in front of Smith’s on the “Y” of Valencia with Route 47 and Main Street, Route 6.
While in Los Lunas, visit the nearby Camino Real winery.