Planning to attend Trump's rally in Rio Rancho? Here's what you need to know

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at a ceremony at the Pentagon during the 18th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Arlington, Virginia.

FARMINGTON — President Donald Trump will be in New Mexico on Sept. 16 for a campaign rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

Here is what you need to know.

How to get Trump rally tickets

The rally is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets can be acquired online at

Rio Rancho anticipates thousands of people will come to the city for the rally and other related events.

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Parking at Santa Ana Star Center

There is limited parking at the Santa Ana Star Center, and once the parking is full vehicles will be turned away. 

The Rio Rancho Police Department issued a statement saying no overnight parking will be allowed in the City Center, including campers and RVs. Vehicles parked in or along roadways will be towed.

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What to bring and not bring

Additionally, the police department said people attending the rally should leave their pets at home.

Drones will not be allowed in the City Center on Sept. 16 and alcohol will not be permitted at the Santa Ana Star Center.

Tips from San Juan County Republican Party

The Republican Party of San Juan County released a few tips on Facebook for people wanting to attend the rally. These tips include:

  • Arriving early because even ticket holders are not guaranteed admission.
  • Dress comfortably and bring water and snacks. There could be lines and temperatures are expected to be warm.
  • Chairs, umbrellas, selfie sticks, homemade signs, backpacks, large bags, balls, containers, tablets, laptops, laser pointers, masks, megaphones and weapons will not be allowed inside.
  • There won't be buses from San Juan County to the rally, but people are encouraged to carpool.
  • There is an entrance and seating area accessible to people with disabilities. The seats are available at a first come, first serve basis

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New Mexico Democratic Party plans event

The Democratic Party of New Mexico will host an event earlier in the day in response to Trump's rally. The event, called New Mexico for All, is being advertised as a celebration of unity and diversity and a chance to express opposition to Trump's "divisive policies."

New Mexico for All will start at 5 p.m. at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque.

The Democratic Party and elected officials are partnering with the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, the Center for Civic Policy, the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County, El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, Equality NM, NM Dream Team, NM Native Vote, NM Women's March, Planned Parenthood Votes NM, ProgressNow NM and Strong Families NM for the event. 

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, is scheduled to speak during the event.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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