Welcome to the Town of Carrizozo!

Updated on November 2, 2015

This is Carrizozo, the county seat of historic Lincoln County located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 54 and 380.

Population 1,100 — Elevation 5,425
Average rainfall is 12-14 inches.
Average humidity is 10-15%.
Minimal snowfall lasts only a day or two!
Average of 286 Days of Sunshine.
Compared to the rest of the country, Carrizozo's cost of living is 24.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
Carrizozo public schools spend $6,390 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,678. There are about 13.7 students per teacher in Carrizozo.
The unemployment rate in Carrizozo is 5.80 percent (U.S. avg. is 5.3%, NM 6.5%, Lincoln County 5.8%).

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Upcoming Events:

Updated on March 1, 2017.

Carrizozo Music offers a concert by the internationally acclaimed Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo on Friday, April 21 at 7 pm.


Carrizozo residents are required to have proof of rabies shots as well as a City license for their dogs and cats.
Take proof of the rabies shots to the Police Department to get a license -- $3 per year for Spayed/Neutered animals and $5 if the animal has not been.
The City license expires when the rabies license expires, so owners need to start over at the Police Department to renew licenses with rabies shot proof.

Town Council Agenda

will be posted on our website beginning in May 2013 in the info section.
You can view and print the document here.

STOP Sign Changes:

Please be aware that new stop signs are up at the following locations:

  • B Ave & 12th St is now a 4 Way STOP intersection.
  • 17th St & Gum Ave is now a 3 Way STOP intersection.
  • 17th St & Jasmine Ave is now a 3 Way STOP intersection.

Municipal Court Closed.

Tickets are handled thru the Magistrate Office. Please call 575-648-2389 for more information.

White Sands Missle Range Closures.

Please call (575) 678-1178 for updates.


The Town of Carrizozo, New Mexico has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Part 26.

The Town has established an overall goal of 6.35% of the Federal financial assistance it will receive for improvements to the Carrizozo Municipal Airport. The Town estimates it will meet this goal entirely through race-conscious measures.

The program and rationale used in developing the goal are available for review during normal business hours at: Town Hall, 400 Ninth Street, Carrizozo, New Mexico 88301. The program and rationale will be available for review for 30 days following the date of this publication. The Town and FAA Civil Rights Office will take comments on the program and rationale for 45 days following the date of this publication. Comments should be sent to the Town at the address listed above or to: FAA Civil Rights Office, AWP-9, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA 900092007.

The next Carrizozo Festival planning meeting will be Tuesday, April 4th, at Otero County Electric Co-op at 6 pm.

Carrizozo Town Hall will be closed Friday April 14, 2017.

To report an emergency after hours please call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 575-648-2341.

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