Hatch Travel Guide

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Hatch Overview

Hatch is a small village of about 1600 (down 4% since 2000) located at the intersection of New Mexico Highways 26, 185 and 187 in Dona Ana County in Southern New Mexico. Hatch is just west of Interstate 25 and northwest of Las Cruces. It is part of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Statistical Area. Hatch is 79% Hispanic. Hatch is known as the "Chile Capital of the World," due to the vast number and variety of Chile peppers grown here. Hatch is an agricultural area where cotton and some citrus is also grown. Hatch was established as "Santa Barbara" in 1851, however, the Apache soon drove away all the settlers. They returned in 1853 when Fort Thorn was built nearby. Fort Thorn closed in 1859 and the town was again abandoned in 1860. The town was resettled in 1875 and named Hatch after Edward Hatch the commander of the military District of New Mexico. Today the town thrives as a center for the Chile pepper industry, supplying peppers for customers around the world. There are ample restaurants and burger joints in Hatch to try the local delicacy. Hatch also has a nice, small town museum.