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Alto, New Mexico

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Welcome to Alto ...

Alto is located in southeast New Mexico.

Alto is located in Lincoln County<1>.

Alto is 7,310 feet [2,228 m] above sea level.<2> In other words, the altitude of Alto is about 1½ mile [or ~2¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Alto lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alto lies within the (575) area code.

The ZIP code for Alto: 88312<3>

Communities Also Named Alto ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 18 communities that are also named Alto - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota (2), Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alto.

Communities near Alto ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alto.

  • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County]
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    • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the southeast of Alto
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,631 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruidoso Downs have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso Downs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso Downs<6>
  • Capitan [Lincoln County]
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    • Capitan [Lincoln County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the north of Alto
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,457 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Capitan have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Capitan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Capitan<6>
  • Bonito [Lincoln County]
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    • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the northwest of Alto
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
  • Hollywood [Lincoln County]
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    • Hollywood [Lincoln County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the south of Alto
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollywood
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Carrizo [Otero County]
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      • Carrizo [Otero County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the south of Alto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizo
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
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      • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the northeast of Alto
    • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Glencoe [Lincoln County]
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
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      • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the east of Alto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
    • Mescalero [Otero County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alto. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alto.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alto. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alto.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alto. See our Newspapers Page for Alto.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alto ...

Looking for more information about Alto? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alto, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alto.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of New Mexico

About Lincoln County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alto. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Lincoln, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alto - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Alto). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alto or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alto) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alto. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AltoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4019, Longitude: -105.6593    
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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