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Rodeo is an unincorporated community in Hidalgo County in the southwestern corner of New Mexico. It lies less than one mile from the border with Arizona on New Mexico State Highway 80. Founded in 1902 as a rail stop on the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad line running from Bisbee, Arizona to El Paso, Texas, it became the center for cattle shipping in the San Simon Valley. Two views exist as to the source of Rodeo’s name. One suggests the town's name derives from the Spanish word rodeo meaning "roundup" or "enclosure" in reference to cattle shipping. However, the noun "rodeo" is derived from the Spanish verb rodear meaning "to surround" or "to go around." The El Paso and Southwestern railroad ran east across the southern part of the state and after passing through Antelope Pass turns south to Rodeo continuing to Douglas, Arizona and then north to Bisbee, going around the Chiricahua Mountains.




Rodeo is served by the Tucson International Airport (TUS), the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and the El Paso International Airport




The Conference will be held at the Geronimo Event Center in Rodeo, New Mexico. 

Information on where to stay can be found here.


Here is the address and phone number of the Geronimo Event Center:


4 Rattlesnake Canyon Rd
Rodeo, NM 575-557-5757 or 575-545-5307




Coming from Arizona take I-10 east to Exit #5 (Road Forks exit) just inside the New Mexico Border. Head south 29 miles then turn left into the parking lot of the Chiricahua Desert Museum at the turn off to Portal rd.


Coming from Texas or eastern New Mexico take I-10 east to Exit #5 (Road Forks exit) just before you drive into Arizona. Head south 29 miles then turn left into the parking lot at the turn off to Portal rd.

Attention Foreign Travelers


Participants traveling from a foreign country should be aware that the United States requires a visa for all international travelers. To obtain the visa electronically, please visit the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) welcome page at This is the text from the ESTA welcome page:


"International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization using the following process…"


There are currently 36 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. The process takes up to 72 hours, so be sure to submit your request in a timely manner. We look forward to seeing you in New Mexico!



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