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This small, sleepy hamlet, 10 miles south of the city of Socorro, has much more hustle and bustle to it than first meets the eye. Home to fewer than 500 people, it is proud of both its history and its amenities.

San Antonio is one of the oldest communities in the county. Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton hotel chain, called San Antonio home. Today, this one-blinking-light town attracts thousands of visitors each year. Situated on Interstate 25, at the crossroad with Highway 380, San Antonio is 8 miles north of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and 15 miles west of the Trinity Site.

Though barely a blip in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio is a thriving farming community. There are three restaurants (which include two bars), an elementary school, church, antique store, post office, garage, realtor, bed and breakfasts, produce stand and an old-time general store.

San Antonio is famous for its green chile cheeseburgers and is primarily a farming and ranching town. Stop at the Caldwell’s General Store to gas up, but don’t miss the nationally sold homemade fudge or a triple-scoop ice cream cone. Enjoy the majestic view of the San Mateo Mountains. Chat with the locals and you’ll walk away impressed with the citizens of San Antonio and their hometown.

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