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Catron County is located west-central New Mexico adjacent to the Arizona border. The county is the largest county in New Mexico with the least population. The county contains 6,900 square miles, a majority of which is public lands. Catron County includes vast open lands, including the oldest declared wilderness area in the United States. The Apache and Gila National Forests join in Catron County. When combined, they cover much of Catron County.

The Continental Divide Trail runs through the county and includes several peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. The terrain throughout primarily consists of mountain ranges and high plateaus with vegetation varying between open grasslands to densely wooded conifer forest.

The main routes in the county include State Route 12, State Route 36, and Highway 180.

Population:  3,473
Number of Households:  1,546
Median Household Income:  $36,607
Average Age:  54.0
Zip Codes:  87827, 87820, 87830, 88039, 87824, 87821, 87829