Animas is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in west-central Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States, in the southwestern corner of the state. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 237.
It lies at the intersection of State Roads 9 and 338, at an elevation of 4,406 feet (1,343 m) approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of the city of Lordsburg, the county seat. Although Animas is unincorporated, it has a post office, which opened in 1909, with the ZIP code of 88020.
Founded around 1753 by the Spanish, Animas became part of the newly independent country of Mexico in 1821. Unlike most of New Mexico, Animas was not part of the Mexican Cession after the Mexican–American War ended; it is located in the area sold to the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1853.
Animas is an isolated ranching community. It is located in the valley bounded by the Peloncillo Mountains on the west and the Pyramid Mountains and Animas Mountains on the east. It is situated just west of the Continental Divide and is approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Lordsburg, the nearest significant population center. Smaller communities closer to Animas include Cotton City, Playas, and Rodeo.