There is thirty-three counties in the state of New Mexico. There were originally nine counties
formed in 1852. Santa Ana County, New Mexico Territory, one of the nine original counties, was annexed in 1876
to Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
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San Miguel County was established 9
January 1852. The county seat is Las Vegas. 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. San Miguel is one of the most beautiful counties in New Mexico
ranging from mountains to meadows. It has two colleges. Tourism and retirement
are of major economic value.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,736 square miles (12,270 km2), of which 4,716 square miles (12,210
km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (0.4%) is water.