These 10 Towns In New Mexico Have The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See

There are towns in every state with weird names, the kind that makes you wonder if your map app is messing with you. While many New Mexican town names are unfamiliar because they’re in Spanish or because they have Native American origins, others are just bizarre. Here are some of our all-time favorite weird New Mexico town names – which ones have you heard of?

New Mexico also has a hamlet called House, which begs the question: just the one? Like, that one house specifically? Okay then…

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Weird New Mexico Town Names

August 08, 2022

What are some delightfully weird town names in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is weirdly famous for its delightfully bizarre town names, in many cases. There are definitely more than just a handful, and it’s no short list to shake a stick at. Some of our favorite weird town names in New Mexico include small towns like Nutt, which has a population of about a dozen people and maybe a dog or two. There’s also Organ, which is near Las Cruces and definitely a lot weirder sounding than it is, and you can’t miss Pie Town, which is so proud of its unusual moniker that it holds an annual pie festival in New Mexico every year. There’s also a tiny mountain town named Weed, New Mexico, but it’s not named after cannabis; instead, it was named after a local store owner once upon a time.  

What are some of the strange towns in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is absolutely no stranger to all things strange; it’s known for the high strangeness that has occurred here. In fact, there’s one small town in New Mexico that completely embraces the weird: Roswell. Decades ago, Roswell was said to have been the crash site of a UFO which was then covered up by the Federal Government. Nowadays, though, it is all about that unique thing that makes it so special. Here, you’ll find the International UFO Museum, aliens and little green men EVERYWHERE, space-age themed shops, spaceship-themed diners, and more. It is easily the strangest town in New Mexico, and we couldn’t love it more.  

What are some fun and weird city names in New Mexico?  

So, we covered some weird small town names in New Mexico, but there are also a few cities with some head-turners, too. There’s the small city of Truth or Consequences, which is known as an old west town but sees a lot of curiosity about its unusual name, too. Gallup is kind of a bizarre city name, since that’s the term for a specific type of run a horse does. There’s also Las Cruces – which means “the crosses” - which lends its town an air of spookiness we can’t quite put a finger on.