Belen, NM is nicknamed "The Hub City" because of its major rail junction and because of its geographical position as the heart of New Mexico. Only 35 miles from Albuquerque, it's the perfect spot to stop and spend a few days (or more!) sightseeing and exploring the area.
While you're here, there are some interesting places to explore in Belen itself, whether you are looking for good food, beautiful views, or some local shopping. And our town is the southernmost stop for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, which runs from Belen to Santa Fe and all stops between!
Family style New Mexican Dining. Pete’s Cafe opened in October of 1949 and celebrates over 65 years of serving the community of Belen and its surrounding areas.
Small town place, big city taste. Fat Sat's Bar and Grill is a restaurant and bar with a casual sports bar feel. Our restaurant offers mouth-watering grilled dishes. Our bar thirst-quenching drinks from the bar, and there is plenty of space to enjoy the company of friends and family.
Railroad history museum. Belen's Harvey House operated from 1910 to 1939. Today the Harvey House Museum specializes in Harvey House, railroad and Southwest history as a branch of the Belen Public Library. The museum is open to the public and boasts the best view of Belen's incredible railyard and rail history.
Hop on the train to Santa Fe, casinos and, much more.
The Rail Runner officially went into service on July 14, 2006, serving the Downtown Albuquerque, Los Ranchos, and Sandoval County stations. On December 11, 2006, the Los Lunas station opened, and on February 2, 2007, the Belen station opened, extending the line to its southern end. In April 2007, two more stations opened: Bernalillo County/International Sunport on the 20th and Downtown Bernalillo on the 27th. On December 17, 2008, the Isleta Pueblo station opened. Phase II, the extension of the line to Santa Fe, opened for service on December 17, 2008.