Amish way of life largely revolves around working and socializing together as a family and community. The
Beachy Amish Mennonite are starting to settle in New Mexico because farm land is inexpensive and there are several communities and families starting homesteads.
New Mexico has many beautiful
BEACHES. Carlsbad River Walk has
more than 1,000 feet of beach area along a dedicated portion of the Pecos River.
Tingley Beach in Albuquerque has fishing lakes, a model boating pond and paddle boats.
Santa Fe is the CAPITAL of New Mexico. The
State Capitol is the house of government of the state It is the only round state capitol in the country and is known informally as "the Roundhouse".
Taos is known as the Solar Capital of the world.
Palace of the Governors is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country.
New Mexico has all forms of
COMMUNICATION including newspapers, magazine, radio, and television. The telephone area code is 505.
Internet Service Providers are located throughout the state, and some are free.
Webcams are located throughout the state.
New Mexico has 33
COUNTIES. The term "county" is used in 48 of the 50 states for the level of
government below the state government.
Catron is the largest county and
Los Alamos is the smallest.
Bernalillo has the largest population and
DINOSAURS roamed what is now New Mexico and a variety of
fossils have been found in the state. In 2001, the
biggest dinosaur in North American was found in the state. The only Triassic Hall in North America is
Dawn of the Dinosaurs in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Over 500 dinosaur dinosaur footprints have been preserved at
Clayton Lake. In 2006 two nearly complete fossil skeletons of the
Tawa dinosaur and 6 others were found close together in the
Hayden Quarry.The State Fossil is the
Food Time Line of New Mexico date back to the
Pueblo Indians who raised beans, squash, corn, and pumpkins. In 1609, the Spanish introduced the Indians to horses and cattle. Previously barren lands around the missions were turned into farms, orchards, and vinyards.
New Mexico has
Food Festivals and Events. There is a
Whole Enchilada Fiesta in Las Cruces.
Mexican food originated while it was still a part of Mexico.
Chiles are the defining ingredient of New Mexican food and there is either green chile or red chile depending on the stage of ripeness in which they were picked. New Mexico was the first state to have a State Cookie - th
Biscochito and the
State Vegetables are Chile & Frijoles. By 1776 the agricultural lands of the Rio Grande Valley had very wide irrigation ditches making it possible to grow fruits, vegetables, and cereals. In the early 1800s the favorite beverage of New Mexico was chocolate prepared from blocks of unsweetened chocolate imported from Mexico.
New Mexico has had many
FORTS. A few of them survived.
Fort Burgwin now functions as a western campus for SMU.
Fort Sumner is a State Monument and has a new museum.
Fort Union is a National Monument and has a visitor center.
New Mexico has over 400
GHOST TOWNS.The town of
Naravisa has several residents, intact buildings and vintage cars and trucks rusting away. A Post office established in 1902 is still open.
Shakespeare has many original buildings & offers tours. New Mexico claims to have many
HISTORY of New Mexico dates back to
25,000 BC. New Mexico played a part in the
CIVIL WAR when it was a Territory. Both the Confederate & Union governments claimed ownership.
The state participates in
National History Day.
I IS FOR INDUSTRIES, INSECTS, & ISLANDS
INDUSTRIES in New Mexico include oil, gas, and tourism. Services is the largest industry. The
Chile industry is possibly the only industry in which the state is 1st in the country. Trade Shows are held throughout the year.
JAZZ is popular in New Mexico. Albuquerque has several
Jazz Clubs. There are several
Music Festivals. The state has 2
opera companies. The State Song is "O, Fair New Mexico". It is the first state to have a State Cowboy Song – “Under the New Mexico Skies”.
JUDICIAL System is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state. The New Mexico
judicial system consists of a supreme court, appeals court, district courts, probate courts, magistrate courts, and other courts as created by law.
Many aspects of life in New Mexico focus on KIDS. The Secretary of State has a special
Kids Corner. Homework and educational help is available at
Kids Konnect. Games and other activities are available at
New Mexico Kids. NOAA has a
special page for kids.
L IS FOR LAKES & LIBRARIES
New Mexico has many
LAKES and Reservoirs. The largest lake is
Elephant Butte. Lake McMillan is a wildlife refuge.
Blue Hole is a circular, bell shaped lake east of Santa Rosa that is one of the most popular dive destinations in the country for SCUBA diving and training.
New Mexico has MILITARY
facilities including 3 Air Force bases. It also has Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and National Guard personnel. The
Army Corps of Engineers has projects in the state.
New Mexico has several
Wheeler Peak is the highest peak in the state. The
Arizona/New Mexico Mountains Region is a transition region from the lower elevation Sonoran Desert to the southwest and Chihuahuan Desert southeast; the west is bordered by the mid elevation Mojave Desert.
Mountain Climbing is popular and there are many Mountain Climbing clubs.
The upper region of the Rio Grande was called Nuevo Mexico as early as 1561. The NAME was anglicized and applied to the land ceded to the United States by Mexico after the Mexican American War. Nuevo is Spanish for New and Mexico is an Aztec word meaning "place of Mexitli"(an Aztec god). The official nickname for New Mexico is The Land of Enchantment because of its scenic beauty and rich history. New Mexico also recognizes a state ballad titled "Land of Enchantment" - New Mexico. Other nicknames include: "The Spanish State" because of a high percentage of Spanish speaking people and the fact that New Mexico borders Mexico, "The Land of Sunshine" is a reference to the many sunny hours that the state has, "The Cactus State" because cacti are much abundant in the state, "The Land of the Delight Makers" from a book by
Adolph Francis Bandelier based on New Mexico Pueblo Indians, "The Land of Opportunity" refering to opportunities of beautiful untouched land that would be any man's dream. Many
cities have nicknames.
New Mexico is part of the
OLD WEST. The state has
cowboys & cowgirls, and many aspects of the
Cowboy Culture are alive and well. Horseback riding is popular and there are many
Horse Trails and Campgrounds. Many
Rodeos are during the year.
Founders Ranch is home to END of TRAIL, The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting & Wild West Festival.
P IS FOR PARKS & PEOPLE
United States Mint issued a
QUARTER for each state in the order that it became part of the Union.
New Mexico became a State in 1912 and a quarter was issued for it in 2008. The U.S. Mint has a special
New Mexico has several
New Mexico does not have any major league professional sports teams, but Albuquerque has a minor league baseball team. The Lobos of the University of New Mexico compete in the Mountain West Conference, and the Aggies of New Mexico State belong to the Big West Conference. The state has had many important
sports figures. The Great Overland Windsail Race is held in Lordsburg.
Horse racing is an important spectator sport and the state has 5 racetracks.
New Mexico has many species of
TREES. The state tree is the
Pinyon Pine . The state has 7 national forests including Apache-Sitgreaves,
Carson, Cibola, Coronado, Lincoln, Gila, and Santa Fe. The
Gila Wilderness was designated the first wilderness area in the world in 1924, and along with Aldo Leopold Wilderness and Blue Range Wilderness, is part of the Gila National Forest. The state has a tree on the
National Register of Big Trees.
There is evidence that at one time New Mexico had active
Fossils of the stegomastodon (a primitive relative of today’s elephant) have been discovered near Elephant Butte Reservoir and the name "Elephant Butte" was derived from the eroded core of an ancient volcano, now an island in the reservoir, in the shape of an elephant.
The WEATHER in New Mexico is arid and average rainfall is 15 inches a year. The average annual temperatures can range from 64°F in the southeast to less than 40°F in the northern mountains. The average high temperature in the summer can range from slightly above 90°F at the lower elevations to the upper 70’s at the higher elevations. The highest temperature recorded in New Mexico was 116° in 1918. The current weather is provided by
Weather Underground and
NOAA. The Environmental Protection Agency provides information about
Global Warming in the state.
New Mexico has several
ZOOS and Aquariums. The
Alameda Park Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Southwest.
Wildlife West provides a very special look into the animals and plants that are part of the ecosystems of New Mexico and the Southwestern United States.