The Eldorado/Hwy. 285 area consists of approximately 4,000 home sites beginning at I-25, 20 minutes southeast of the Santa Fe Plaza, and ending in Galisteo, 20 minutes further south. The area is primarily zoned rural, single-family residential, with 1 to 25 acre lots in subdivisions with covenants and excellent mountain views. Area residents include singles, couples and families with school age children and retirees.
Commercially-zoned areas along Hwy. 285 offer convenient services, including a grocery store, pharmacy, postal and shipping services, bank, restaurants, craft beer pub, hardware store, gas station, doctors, dentist, veterinary clinic, fitness studio, gym, consignment shop, and office space.
The area is home to the Eldorado Community School and the Vista Grande Public Library, which hosts a popular Ice Cream Social as a fund-raiser each summer. Other public entities serving the area include the Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District, the Eldorado Fire and Rescue Service, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, a Santa Fe County Satellite Office and the Adam Senior Center, which serves lunch to area seniors and prepares lunch for home delivery by area volunteers through the Meals on Wheels program.
The area has a strong sense of community, with regular gatherings at the Eldorado Community Center, the school, the library and the shopping centers. Cub Scout Pack 414 and Boy Scout Troop 414 are based in the area. The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association sponsors an annual studio tour each year in May, with about 100 area artists participating.