New Mexico

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New Mexico Quick Facts

  • State Capital: Santa Fe
  • State Gem: Turquoise
  • State Animal: Black Bear
  • State Clean-up Mascot: Dusty Roadrunner
  • State Nickname: Land of Enchantment
  • State Slogan: Everybody is Somebody in New Mexico

Other New Mexico Facts

Hot Air Balloons
Each October Albuquerque hosts the world’s largest international hot air balloon fiesta.

Crystal Desert
White Sands National Monument is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white gypsum crystals.

Fire
The largest fire in the state’s history was ignited on May 4, 2000 in the National Park Service’s Bandelier National Monument, when a controlled burn meant to clear away dry brush and prevent future wild fires leaped out of control due to high winds. 25,000 people, including all the residents of Los Alamos, were forced to evacuate their homes.

Four Corners
New Mexico is one of the four corner states. Bordering at the same point with Colorado, Utah and Arizona.

Indian Capital
The town of Gallup calls itself the “Indian Capital of the World” and serves as a trading center for more than 20 different Indian groups. Every August it is the site of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

New Mexico By the Numbers

Feet

Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States

Year Of

The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe is one of the oldest public buildings in public

Million Acres

The nation’s largest Native American Group, The Navajo

Population Density

there are only about 12 people per square mile

Million Acres

Nation’s largest Forest, Gila National forest

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