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Where We Live
The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande is as expansive in size as it is beautiful. It includes all of New Mexico, the 5th largest state, and that part of Texas west of the Pecos River, an area of 154,000 square miles. It is an 11½ hour drive from Farmington in the north of the Diocese to Lajitas in the south. Diocesan-wide events present significant challenges. The Diocese includes two time zones within its boundaries, Mountain and Central.
The Diocese’s landscape extends from the more than 13,000 feet of the Rocky Mountain range in the north to the low desert plains in the south. Most of the Diocese is more than 4,000 feet in elevation. The abundance of sunshine and the dazzling colors of the sky enhance the beauty of the Land of Enchantment. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and skiing. Annually, tourists from around the world visit the area’s various national parks and monuments such as Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Big Bend National Park, and White Sands National Monument. View New Mexico guidebooks.
Minerals, such as uranium, potassium, petroleum, and natural gas play a vital role in the area’s economy. Chemical and computer products also contribute to the economy, and the area’s farms and ranches derive income from livestock and crops such as cotton, pecans, corn, peanuts, sorghum, beans, and chilies.
Since 1945, two national laboratories, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories, have been leaders in energy research and development.
Two cities within the Diocese—Albuquerque, with a population of 518,271 and El Paso, with a population of 606,913—are listed among the 100 most populous U.S. cities.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, … you shall be like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)