New Mexico is an awesome place to go for a vacation. This place has everything that you can think of. People who love adventure sports can indulge in many activities like water rafting, canoeing, camping and hiking. Taos Pueblo is known for its popular historical villages; one can visit the ancient town in Albuquerque and also visit the Georgia O’Keefe’s museum that is in Santa Fe. Planning a vacation in New Mexico can be very exciting as one can feel close to nature as well as be part of it too.
|New Mexico Official Language(s)||none|
|New Mexico Spoken Language(s)||English 82%
|New Mexico Demonym||New Mexican|
|New Mexico Capital||Santa Fe|
|New Mexico Largest City||Albuquerque|
|New Mexico Largest Metro Area||Albuquerque Metropolitan Area|
|New Mexico Area||Ranked 5th in the US|
|- Total||121,593 sq mi
|- Width||342 miles (550 km)|
|- Length||370 miles (595 km)|
|- % Water||0.2|
|- Latitude||31° 20′ N to 37° N|
|- Longitude||103° W to 109° 3′ W|
|New Mexico Population||Ranked 36th in the US|
|- Density||16.2/sq mi (6.27/km2)
Ranked 45th in the US
|New Mexico Elevation|
|- Highest Point||Wheeler Peak
13,161 ft (4013.3 m)
|- Mean||5,692 ft (1,735 m)|
|- Lowest Point||Red Bluff ReservoirZ
2,842 ft (865 m)
|New Mexico Before Statehood||New Mexico Territory|
|New Mexico Admission to Union||January 6, 1912 (47th)|
|New Mexico Governor||William B. Richardson III (D)|
|New Mexico Lieutenant Governor||Diane D. Denish (D)|
|New Mexico Legislature||New Mexico Legislature|
|- Upper House||Senate|
|- Lower House||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Jeff Bingaman (D)
Tom Udall (D)
|U.S. House Delegation||1: Martin Heinrich (D)
2: Harry Teague (D)
3: Ben R. Luján (D)
|New Mexico Time Zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
|New Mexico Abbreviations||NM US-NM|
|New Mexico Website||http://www.newmexico.gov|
New Mexico was explored by a Spanish explorer between 1540 and 1542. The first Spanish settlement came into existence in the year 1598 on the Rio Grande River. Later in the year 1610, Santa Fe was made the capital of New Mexico.
In 1848, United States of America took over a major portion of New Mexico. The U.S troops also took over many territories during the Civil War.
New Mexico has been leading in the field of research and development.
The Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico was designated as a national park in the year 1930. The main attractions of this park are the amazing stalagmite and stalactite that were formed around 60 million years ago. These massive chambers were formed when the water from the ground started dissolving these rocks. The caverns are one of the largest in the world which was discovered around 1900. The caves always are at 56 degrees F. Irrespective of the season, there are thousands of bats that have made the caves their home. This park contains more than 75 caves.
This national monument is at Ramah, New Mexico. El Morro became a National Monument in the year 1906. The monument that was built was a way of preserving inscriptions on the Acoma-Zuni trail. There are natural springs at the base of the Inscription Rocks. It attracts many tourists every year.
There were three forts that were built during 1850-1865. These are the remains of the Fort Union. The fort was basically a military post that served as a base for the Military Department of New Mexico. The Ruins at Fort union is a memorial of the men and women who fought for the West.
The White Sands in New Mexico is a desert area. This area is used as a center by the U.S. military troops for weapon testing and research. The White Sands Missile Range is used by each military branch. The White Sands National Monument is an enclosed area where massive gypsum dunes are maintained for rare animal and plant life.
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is an archaeological area in the south west part of New Mexico. It is very close to the Gila National Forest which is at the Gila River. This monument has small preserved dwellings that are built with stone masonry. The natural cavities hang at a height of 150 feet from the cliff. The Gila Cliff is a major attraction to tourists.
The area is paved for 30 miles that leads towards the ruins of one of the largest Anasazi civilizations in the U.S. Thousands of years ago, Chaco Canyon was the center for economy and politics.