Apache National Forest.
Photo by Linda Aragon
Catron County is 6929 square miles, larger than Rhode Island, Delaware, or Connecticut. It is New Mexico's largest county. Catron County has a few red octagonal stop signs, but not a single stop light.
Catron County is wilderness, wildness of the natural sort. It's 400 miles of pavement, miles and miles of dirt roads, and even more miles of hiking trails, where you can spend all day and not run into another person.
Catron County is 3725 people, approximately 99.8% of whom are friendly most of the
time. If you want to respect local manners, you wave as you pass by in your car.
There are old timers descended from the original Spanish settlers, more recent old-
Catron County is dark skies and bright stars, a vivid Milky Way you can almost reach out and touch, and city kids (and older folks, too) saying "There can't be that many stars!"
Catron County is people volunteering -
Catron County is 4-
Catron County is ponderosa forests, and juniper-
Catron County is old folks with memories, and Native American ruins hidden away in nooks, and stories of old gun fights that still stir controversy. It's kids telling scary stories about Saliz Pass at midnight.
Catron County is snow-
Catron County is a great place to grow up, a fascinating place to live, a satisfying
place to retire. It's good for a detour or a drive-
Catron County is driving slow because there are so many elk out on the roads. It's