Like many counties in New Mexico, Socorro County has adopted the Code of the West.  The following information has been re-posted from the Socorro County Resolution 2005-52 available on the county website.  It contains quite a bit of information about living in the rural areas of the west and is recommended reading.


The Code of the West was first chronicled by the famous western writer, Zane Grey. The men and women who came to this part of the country during the northward expansion of Spain and Mexico and the westward expansion of the United States were bound by an unwritten code of conduct. The values of integrity and self reliance guided their
decisions, actions and interactions. In keeping with that spirit, we offer this information to help the citizens of Socorro County who wish to follow in the footsteps of those rugged individualists by living outside city limits.

Life in the country is rich and rewarding, treasured by both Socorro County residents who have been here for generations, and those who have recently moved here. It is important new residents to know that life in the country is different from life in the city. County governments are not able to provide the same level of service that city governments provide. To that end, the Board of County Commissioners is providing you with the following information to help you make an educated and informed decision to purchase rural land.