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Datil, New Mexico
Census-designated place
Datil viewed from the northwest
Datil viewed from the northwest
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Catron
Area
 • Total 1.87 sq mi (4.85 km2)
 • Land 1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)
 • Water 0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation 7,400 ft (2,300 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 54
 • Density 29/sq mi (11.2/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Area code(s) 575

Datil is a census-designated place in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 54. Located at the intersection of U.S. Route 60 and New Mexico State Road 12, Datil is on the edge of the Cibola National Forest. The Very Large Array is also nearby. Rock climbers are attracted to Datil because it holds the Enchanted Tower, a climbing hotspot.

History

Datil is named after the nearby Datil Mountains. The name of the mountains came in turn from the Spanish word dátil, meaning “date”; the name most likely resulted from the fruit-like appearance of the seedpods of local yucca species.

The town lay along the Magdalena Stock Driveway. The driveway, which had wells spaced every ten miles along its length, was used by ranchers during the late 19th to mid-20th century as they drove cattle from Springerville, Arizona to the railroad at Magdalena. The Bureau of Land Management maintains a campsite, Datil Well Campground, at the site of one of the former wells.

Geography

Datil is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 60 and New Mexico State Road 12. To the east lie the San Agustin Plains, the Very Large Array, and the village of Magdalena.

To the southwest, several populated subdivisions are accessible from State Road 12. The state highway continues past the local landmark Horse Mountain, a 9490‐foot peak, and further through the small town Apache Creek until reaching the county seat of Reserve.

U.S. 60 travels westward from Datil, passing northwest through the Cibola National Forest and coming out the other side just outside Pie Town, New Mexico.

Climate

Climate data for Datil, New Mexico. (1905-1951)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 68
(20)
68
(20)
74
(23.3)
86
(30)
92
(33.3)
95
(35)
98
(36.7)
99
(37.2)
96
(35.6)
86
(30)
79
(26.1)
71
(21.7)
99
(37.2)
Average high °F (°C) 44.7
(7.06)
49.1
(9.5)
57.1
(13.94)
63.7
(17.61)
72.0
(22.22)
82.7
(28.17)
83.1
(28.39)
81.9
(27.72)
79.2
(26.22)
68.7
(20.39)
56.9
(13.83)
46.7
(8.17)
65.5
(18.61)
Average low °F (°C) 10.9
(-11.72)
17.8
(-7.89)
21.5
(-5.83)
28.6
(-1.89)
32.0
(0)
41.4
(5.22)
50.2
(10.11)
49.5
(9.72)
40.1
(4.5)
30.1
(-1.06)
18.3
(-7.61)
12.1
(-11.06)
29.4
(-1.44)
Record low °F (°C) -26
(-32.2)
-21
(-29.4)
-8
(-22.2)
5
(-15)
11
(-11.7)
23
(-5)
31
(-0.6)
33
(0.6)
24
(-4.4)
9
(-12.8)
-10
(-23.3)
-18
(-27.8)
-26
(-32.2)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.55
(14)
0.50
(12.7)
0.44
(11.2)
0.53
(13.5)
0.70
(17.8)
0.74
(18.8)
2.30
(58.4)
2.77
(70.4)
1.72
(43.7)
0.85
(21.6)
0.61
(15.5)
0.70
(17.8)
12.42
(315.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3.6
(9.1)
8.8
(22.4)
3.0
(7.6)
3.0
(7.6)
0.6
(1.5)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
2.3
(5.8)
10.0
(25.4)
31.6
(80.3)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center
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