Picacho, Dona Ana County, New Mexico

Picacho, is a populated place in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. It lies at an elevation of 3,907 feet / 1,191 meters.[1]


Picacho de los Nevarez

The village of Picacho was originally settled in 1855, by a party of settlers from Socorro, New Mexico, led by Candelaro Chavez. The original name of the village was Picacho de los Nevarez, named after the local name of Picacho Mountain, a peak named after the Nevarez family.[2]

Picacho Station

Picacho village was the site of Picacho Station a stagecoach station of the 4th Division of the Butterfield Overland Mail from 1858 to 1861. Located in the village of Picacho, it was 6 miles west and north of Mesilla, New Mexico and 15 miles east of the Rough and Ready Station where the road passed through Picacho Pass then south to the station in the village. This station had the last natural water available on the route westward until Cooke's Spring 52 miles away, although the later intervening stations of Goodsight and Rough and Ready, hauled in water and constructed earthen tanks to catch what little rain water fell at their locations. The site of the station was at 32°16′23″N 106°47′40″W.[3]


  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Picacho
  2. Julyan, Robert, Place Names of New Mexico; University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1998.
  3. Hackler, George, The Butterfield Trail in New Mexico; Yucca Enterprises, Las Cruces, NM; 2005

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