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(Sandoval County)

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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Placitas:
    • 35.306984, -106.424747
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Placitas
  • 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 Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Placitas ...

We have found three communities that share the name Placitas.

There are three communities within New Mexico that are also named Placitas.

Beyond New Mexico.

  • Communities Located In New Mexico ...
    • Dona Ana County
      • This Placitas is located in Dona Ana County and lies 187 miles [300.9 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Placitas that is located in Sandoval County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Placitas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dona Ana County community of Placitas.
    • Rio Arriba County
      • This Placitas is located in Rio Arriba County and lies 78 miles [125.5 km]<1> to the north of the Placitas that is located in Sandoval County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Placitas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rio Arriba County community of Placitas.
    • Sierra County
      • This Placitas is located in Sierra County and lies 145 miles [233.4 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Placitas that is located in Sandoval County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Placitas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sierra County community of Placitas.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Placitas ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Cedar Crest [Bernalillo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Crest
    • Cedar Crest [Bernalillo County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the south of Placitas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Crest have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Crest
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Crest<3>
  • Coyote [Sandoval County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coyote
    • Coyote [Sandoval County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Placitas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coyote have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Desert Mountain [Sandoval County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Desert Mountain
    • Desert Mountain [Sandoval County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Placitas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Desert Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Desert Mountain
  • Forest Park [Bernalillo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Park
    • Forest Park [Bernalillo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Placitas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Park
  • Continue List   (4 more) ...
    • Frost [Bernalillo County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frost
      • Frost [Bernalillo County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Placitas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frost have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Golden [Santa Fe County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden
      • Golden [Santa Fe County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Placitas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Golden have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Montezuma [Sandoval County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montezuma
      • Montezuma [Sandoval County] was located less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Placitas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montezuma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sundance Mesa [Sandoval County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance Mesa
      • Sundance Mesa [Sandoval County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Placitas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sundance Mesa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance Mesa

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 Placitas. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Randy Castillo     (Musician)
    • Alexander Chavez     (Professional boxer)
    • Anthony Grove 'Tony' Hillerman     (Author)
    • Al Hurricane     (Singer, songwriter)
      • Born: Alberto Nelson Sanchez
      • Singer, songwriter. He was born in Dixon (NM) on July 10, 1936 (a Friday) and died in Albuquerque (NM) on October 22, 2017 (a Sunday) at the age of 81. He is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Bernalillo County, New Mexico).
      • Albuquerque is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Placitas.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Al Hurricane<4>
    • Lewis Meltzer     (Screenwriter)
    • George Joseph 'Slim' Summerville     (Actor)
    • Al Unser, Sr.     (Professional race car driver)
      • Professional race car driver. He was born in Albuquerque (NM) on May 29, 1939 (a Monday) and died in Chama (NM) on December 9, 2021 (a Thursday) at the age of 82. He is buried at Sunset Memorial Park (Bernalillo County, New Mexico).
      • Albuquerque is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Placitas.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Al Unser, Sr.<4>
    • Bobby Unser     (Professional race car driver)

How Far From Placitas 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 Placitas to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Placitas and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Bernalillo, which is the Seat of Sandoval County and lies just to the West.
    • Santa Fe, which is the State Capital of New Mexico, lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Placitas to Santa Fe, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,630 miles [2,623.2 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 64 days and walking would take 93 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,172 miles [11,542.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,931 miles [12,763.7 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,847 miles [9,409.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sandoval County: www.sandovalcounty.com/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Placitas) 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 Placitas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PlacitasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Placitas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3070, Longitude: -106.4247       In this case, the coordinates for Placitas have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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: findagrave.com.
<5>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.
<6>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 Placitas to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 327.10 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 325.247 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 319.115 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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