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Moreno, New Mexico

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The location of Moreno

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Moreno.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Moreno, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Moreno and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Moreno and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Moreno. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Moreno.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Colfax County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Colfax County sighting report from eBird.

Since Moreno is near Taos County and also Costilla County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Taos County

Sighting report for Costilla County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit

The website, centered on Moreno.

How Far From Moreno to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Moreno to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Moreno once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Moreno and extending to:

  • Raton [Map], which is the Seat of Colfax County, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Moreno to Raton, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • Santa Fe [Map], which is the State Capital of New Mexico, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,543 miles [2,483.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 61 days and walking would take 88 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,059 miles [11,360.4 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,819 miles [12,583.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,735 miles [9,229.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Moreno ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Moreno.

While the name Moreno is unique within New Mexico, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of New Mexico


Riverside County

Our profile page for Moreno, Riverside County   [Map]

Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the West Southwest.

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Moreno, San Bernardino County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in San Bernardino County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

San Diego County

Our profile page for Moreno, San Diego County   [Map]

Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the West Southwest.


Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Moreno, Hidalgo County   [Map]

Distance: About 825 miles [1,327.7 km] to the South Southeast.

Starr County

Our profile page for Moreno, Starr County   [Map]

Distance: About 798 miles [1,284.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Moreno ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Anchor (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Moreno   [Map]

Deep Tunnel (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Eagle Nest   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Elizabethtown (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Hematite (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Idlewild   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Midnight (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Red River   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Virginia City (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Moreno. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Ernest Martin Hennings

Artist. He was born in Penn's Grove (New Jersey) on Friday February 5, 1886 and died in Taos (New Mexico) on Saturday May 19, 1956 at an age of 70. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Taos [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Moreno

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernest Martin Hennings<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of New Mexico

About Colfax County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of New Mexico:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Moreno, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Moreno) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moreno. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6536, Longitude: -105.2825     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moreno have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<4>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Moreno to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 326.421 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.584 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 318.423 degrees.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Moreno could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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