Belen

Belen Harvey House

Belen is a town in central New Mexico, 30 miles south of Albuquerque. Belen was founded in 1740 as a small Spanish settlement. Nearly a century ago the town became the center of railroad operations in New Mexico, creating its nickname "The Hub City".

Get in

Belen is just off Interstate 25, with three freeway exits. However, there are a couple of more scenic back roads that run parallel to I-25 east of the interstate. The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque.

Another great way to get to Belen is to take a train. A commuter railroad, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, connects Belen to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and some of the other small communities along the Rio Grande. The Belen station is located near the intersection of Reinken Avenue and Wisconsin Street, across the railroad tracks from the Harvey House Museum (putting you within walking distance of most of Belen's interesting sights). The train runs with limited service daily.

Get around

Map of Belen

Main Street is the principal north-south street through Belen, connecting to the two I-25 exits on both ends of town. Traveling further in either direction, Main Street becomes a state highway running parallel to I-25. Reinken Avenue is the main east-west road through Belen, starting at Main Street and running east over the railyard, crossing the Rio Grande, and ending at a north-south state highway connecting to places across the Rio Grande.

Public transportation to points within Belen is largely non-existent. However, parts of Belen are quite walkable, especially the "downtown" area along Reinken Avenue between Main Street and the railyard, which is where you'll find most of Belen's historical structures. It is also within walking distance of the Rail Runner station.

See

Do

Eat

Some of the memorabilia inside Harla May's

Drink

Sleep

Belen's accommodations are mostly your typical chain motels. Main Street has a few motels (including a Super 8), and there's a small collection of places to sleep just west of the Camino Del Llano I-25 Exit (Belen's 2nd freeway exit), including a Holiday Inn Express.

Lodging in Belen may be hard to find around early October, when the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta occurs.

Go next

Routes through Belen

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