Reserve, NM

Reserve — the county seat since Catron County's founding in 1921 — was named for Thomas B. Catron, a Santa Fe attorney, political leader, and New Mexico's first U.S. senator.

The town began in the 1860s when Mexican-Americans established a string of villages along the river, naming them the Upper, Lower, and Middle San Francisco Plazas. Anglo settlers renamed the Upper village as Milligan's Plaza after a merchant and saloon owner.

Milligan's Plaza wasn't the law-abiding place you'll find today. In the early 1880s, Elfego Baca decided to clean up the town. Baca appointed himself deputy sheriff, rode 130 miles by horseback from the central new Mexico town of Socorro, and engaged in a 33-hour gun battle with some of the town's residents (who were anything but reserved).

 

Food

  • Adobe Cafe and Bakery (on US 180, 7.5 miles south of Reserve) 575/533-6146
  • Carmen's Restaurant 575/533-6990
  • Ella's Cafe 575/533-6111

Lodging

  • Cottonwood Campground - On US 180 about 15 miles SW of Reserve
  • Frisco Lodging Co.& Spa(lodging 575/533-6600 Spa 575/533-6427
  • Hidden Springs Inn (on US 180, 7.5 miles south of Reserve) 575/533-6906 or -6907
  • Pueblo Park Campgrounds - 18 miles SW of Reserve, off US 180
  • Rancho de Frisco Cabins 575/533-6188

Churches

  • Baptist Church, 575/533-6330
  • Church of Christ, 575/533-6549
  • Joy Fellowship, 575/533-6373
  • Prebyterian Church, 575/533-6414
  • St. Francis Catholic Church (in Frisco Plaza, south of Reserve on NM Hwy. 435), 575/533-6240
  • Seventh-Day Adventist, 575/533-6780

Services


  • Black Gold Emporium: Gas and Diesel, Groceries. 575/533-6538
  • Henry's Corner:  24/hr. Gas and Diesel, Groceries. 575/533-6488
  • Jakes General Merchandise: Groceries, Fresh Meat and Produce. 575/533-6565
  • Mane Attractions Beauty Salon 575/533-6415
  • Mr. T's Tires and Service, 575/956-7804
  • Presbyterian Medical Services 575/533-6767 or -6737
  • Presbyterian Medical Services - Dentist 575/533-6456
  • South 40 Automotive 575/533-6776
  • 3 Trees Gun Shop: Guns, Ammo, Hunting Supplies. 575/533-6776
  • US Forest Service Ranger Station 575/533-6231
  • U.S. Post Office 575/533-6333