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New Mexico

Land of Enchantment!

New Mexico

New Mexico is located in the Central United States and is usually considered one of the Mountain States.

Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, it has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory. The tribes in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo people. The flag of New Mexico is represented by the red and gold colors, which represent Spain as well as the Zia symbol, an ancient Native American symbol for the sun.

Congress admitted New Mexico as the 47th state in the Union on January 6, 1912. It is home to three Air Force bases, White Sands Missile Range, and the federal research laboratories Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

State of New Mexico
The official website for New Mexico.
Interactive State Map New Mexico
Visit New Mexico for a unique family vacation filled with exciting activities like skiing, hiking, shopping and sight-seeing
The University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico was founded in 1889 and now occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Other places and informational links for New Mexico:

The New Mexican landscape ranges from wide, rose-colored deserts to broken mesas to high, snow-capped peaks. Despite New Mexico’s arid image, heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a significant portion of the state, especially towards the north.

New Mexico ranks as an important center of Native American culture. Both the Navajo and Apache share Athabaskan origin. The Apache and some Ute live on federal reservations within the state. The prehistorically agricultural Pueblo Indians live in pueblos scattered throughout the state.

Isleta Pueblo
Originally established around the 1300s, the name Isleta comes from the Spanish language and means “Little Island.”
Jicarilla Apache Nation
Welcome to the Home Site of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Our land is located in the mountains and rugged mesas of northern New Mexico.
Mescalero Apache Reservation
The Mescalero Apache Tribe was established by Executive Order of President Ulysses S. Grant on May 27, 1873. There are three sub-bands that comprise the Tribe: the Mescalero Apache, the Chiricahua Apache, and the Lipan Apache.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The VLA is open every day from 8:30 AM to sunset for free, self guided tours of the VLA and the VLA Visitor Center.
Pueblo of Laguna
Information and link page for Pueblo of Laguna.
Pueblo of Sandia
A federally recognized Indian tribe located in central New Mexico and adjacent to Albuquerque, the largest metropolitan area in New Mexico.
Santa Ana Pueblo
The members of Santa Ana, the Tamayame (the name of the people in our Keres language), have lived in our present location approximately sixteen miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, since at least the early 1500s.

A large artistic community thrives in Santa Fe, and has included such people as Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, John Connell and Steina Vasulka. The capital city has museums of Spanish colonial, international folk, Navajo ceremonial, modern Native American, and other modern art. In August, the city hosts the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, which is the oldest and largest juried Native American art showcase in the world.

Albuquerque has the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, as well as hosts the famed annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta every fall.

Other attractions you might find interesting include:

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.
The official website of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a historic and cultural property owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The cave was formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. Inside the cave it’s a mild 56°F (13°C) year-round. A light jacket and comfortable shoes with rubber soles are appropriate. Read our article about Carlsbad Caverns in the winter
Cloudcroft New Mexico
Visitor’s Guide to Cloudcroft New Mexico. LODGING, real estate, live 24-hour weather, CABINS, dining, area attractions, activities, special events, shopping, and much more.
Echo Ampitheater
cho amphitheater is a natural amphitheatre located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 17 miles (27 km) west of Abiquiú and about 4 miles (7 km) up the road from Ghost Ranch.
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu
Offering workshops and classes in paintings, weaving, pottery, spirituality, yoga, activities for children and more Georgia O Keeffe Tours available
New Mexico Mining Museum
The self-guided tour allows you to view the mine at your own pace. Descend the “cage” to the mine shaft.; In a real mine, the descent could plunge down 900 feet or more, but our “Section 26” is just a short ride down, ending at the station where workers, materials and mine ore leave and enter the mine.
New Mexico Museum of Space History
The mission of the museum is to educate the people of New Mexico and our visitors from around the world in the history, science, and technology of space.
Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau
Official Santa Fe, New Mexico tourism information.
Valley of Fires Recreation Area
From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk through the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert.
White Sands National Monument
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico.

Travel:

A commuter rail operation, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, connects the state’s capital, its largest city and other communities. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passes through daily at stations in Gallup, Albuquerque, Lamy, Las Vegas, and Raton, offering connections to Los Angeles, Chicago and intermediate points.

In addition to local railroads and other tourist lines, the state jointly owns and operates a heritage narrow-gauge steam railroad, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway, with the state of Colorado. Narrow gauge railroads once connected many communities in the northern part of the state, from Farmington to Santa Fe.

The Albuquerque International Sunport is the state’s primary port of entry for air transportation. Upham, near Truth or Consequences is the location of the world’s first operational and purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America.


Directions by City or Zip (Postcode)

  You’ll probably need maps, directions or both at some point in your travels. Just type the starting place in the first box, the ending destination in the second box and click “Go”. As an example, you could enter your home address as the starting point and the address of the place you are to stay at as the destination.



Counties:

By act of January 9, 1852, passed at the second session of the first -. legislature of the Territory, New Mexico was divided into the nine original counties of; Taos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel. Santa Aha, Bernalillo, Valencia, Socorro and Dona Aha. Reference

  • Bernalillo
  • Catron
  • Chaves
  • Cibola
  • Colfax
  • Curry
  • De Baca
  • Doña Ana
  • Eddy
  • Grant
  • Guadalupe
  • Harding
  • Hidalgo
  • Lea
  • Lincoln
  • Los Alamos
  • Luna
  • McKinley
  • Mora
  • Otero
  • Quay
  • Rio Arriba
  • Roosevelt
  • Sandoval
  • San Juan
  • San Miguel
  • Santa Fe
  • Sierra
  • Socorro
  • Taos
  • Torrance
  • Union
  • Valencia

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