50 Interesting & Fun Facts About New Mexico State to Discover Story

By Lauren Rey

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About New Mexico State to Discover Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about New Mexico state to learn, from Balloon...

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New Mexico Fun Facts

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world's largest balloon event

Topping the list of fun New Mexico facts is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! Every...

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New Mexico is known as "The Land of Enchantment"

New Mexico is a land of diverse beauty. From colorful rocky landscapes to vast deserts...

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to hundreds of thousands of bats

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a top tourist destination in New Mexico with extraordinary caves...

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White Sands National Monument is the largest Gypsum Desert in the world

One of the best fun facts on New Mexico pertains to White Sands National Monument...

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New Mexico is known for the best chile peppers

A staple in delicious New Mexican cuisine, chile peppers are New Mexico's specialty! First grown...

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The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the 2nd highest highway bridge in the nation

At a whopping 650 feet in the air, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the...

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Capulin Volcano is over 60 million years old

Located in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field in Northeastern New Mexico, the Capulin Volcano developed over...

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New Mexico is home to more balloonists than any other state

It's no surprise, with New Mexico being home to the "Ballooning Capital of the World"...

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The Greater Roadrunner is New Mexico's State Bird

The Greater Roadrunner has been an admired creature to New Mexico for hundreds, if not...

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Las Cruces holds the title for the world's largest enchilada

In 2014, Roberto's Mexican Restaurant participated in the Whole Enchilada Fiesta event where they broke...

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The Rio Grande Gorge is one mile wide

The Rio Grande Gorge is a vast, mile-wide, 850-foot deep gorge formed by geological activity...

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The Sandia Peak Tramway is the world's longest

At 2.7 miles long across the Sandia Mountains, the Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest...

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New Mexico has over 50 wineries

While most people don't think of New Mexico as a "wine country," they are surprised...

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New Mexico State University developed chile peppers that were grown in space

New Mexico State University has a team of NASA scientists dedicated to growing plants that...

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New Mexico is at the forefront of immersive art exhibits

Starting with the legendary Meow Wolf Gallery in 2008, New Mexico has been a leader...

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Interesting Facts About New Mexico

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New Mexico is home to 23 tribes of Native Americans

The lands of New Mexico were home to Native Americans long before anyone else. Centuries...

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New Mexico is part of the famous Four Corners Monument

Another interesting fact about New Mexico is the Four Corners Monument. The Four Corners Monument...

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Bandelier National Monument is one of the oldest and largest monuments in New Mexico

With artifacts dating back over 11,000 years and 33,000 acres, Bandelier National Monument is one...

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The Kimo Theater is one of Albuquerque's oldest theaters

Built in 1927 and now on the register of historic places, the iconic Kimo Theater...

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New Mexico is home to the abandoned coal mining town of Hagan

In the early 1900s, Hagan was an up-and-coming coal mining town with hundreds of new...

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New Mexico is home to the thousand-year-old village of Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is a thousand-year-old village that is currently home to about 150 Tao Tribal...

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New Mexico shares the Red Bluff Reservoir with Texas

The Red Bluff Reservoir sits on the Pecos River about 40 miles from Texas. The...

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The New Mexico State Tree is the Pinyon Pine

Pinyon Pines grow throughout the southwest and are the official New Mexico State Tree. Most...

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The New Mexico State Flower is the Yucca Flower

New Mexico is home to many species of yucca, often seen growing in lower-elevation areas...

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Wheeler Peak is the highest point in the state

Another interesting New Mexico state fact is Wheeler Peak. Towering over the Sangre De Cristo...

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Scary Facts About New Mexico

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Dawson Cemetery is known as one of the most haunted places in New Mexico

In the early 1900s, Dawson was a booming coal mining town until disaster struck in...

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The Double Eagle is New Mexico's haunted restaurant

Featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," the Double Eagle is New Mexico's famous haunted...

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St. James Hotel was the site of 23 murders

The historic and allegedly haunted St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico, was the site...

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The La Posada Hotel is home to the famous ghost of Julia Staab

Legendary in Santa Fe folklore, the La Posada hotel has been the site of many...

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The Maria Teresa Restaurant is home to a "piano playing ghost"

Originally built in the 1700s, the historic Maria Teresa Restaurant is said to be haunted...

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Facts About New Mexico History

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New Mexico was once known as "Santa Fe de Nuevo México"

Long before its statehood and even before it was part of Mexican Territory, New Mexico...

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Infamous Gunslinger Doc Holliday had a saloon in New Mexico

Before his days of joining up with the famous Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral...

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory was a top-secret nuclear facility in the 1940s

Founded during WWII, the Los Alamos National Laboratory was a top-secret federal government facility designed...

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The first atomic bomb was detonated at the White Sands Missile Range

On July 16th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated at the White Sands Missile...

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New Mexico was the 47th state to be added to the Union

On January 6th, 1912, New Mexico was officially signed into statehood by President William Taft...

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Cool Facts About New Mexico

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You can see dinosaur tracks in New Mexico

Clayton Lake State Park in northeast New Mexico is home to over 500 fossilized dinosaur...

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Albuquerque is known as the "Ballooning Capital of the World"

While Albuquerque is well known for its yearly hot air balloon festival, balloon rides and...

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Actress Demi Moore is from Roswell, New Mexico

Famous actress Demi Moore was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. Moore later moved...

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A boy named Bobby, from Albuquerque, became the youngest person to fly an air balloon

At just 9 years old, a boy named Bobby from Albuquerque, New Mexico became the...

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New Mexico has a one-of-a-kind traveling landmark

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is a National Historic Landmark on wheels! This authentic...

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Weird Facts About New Mexico

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New Mexico is home to the quirky space alien-themed town of Roswell

Known for alien sightings and flying saucers, Roswell is a town like no other! The...

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The "Breaking Bad" house had to install fencing due to pizzas being thrown at it

Perhaps the unofficial New Mexico state symbol in pop culture, Breaking Bad was a hit...

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New Mexico is home to a second Las Vegas

About 700 miles east of the glittery nightlife of Las Vegas, Nevada, sits the small...

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Sandia National Laboratories recreated authentic dinosaur sounds using CT technology

In 1997, scientists at Sandia National Laboratories were able to recreate the sounds of a...

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There's an ice cave in New Mexico

When you think of ice caves most likely New Mexico does not come to mind...

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Important Facts About New Mexico

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Albuquerque is the most populated city in New Mexico

Home to over 560,000 New Mexicans with a density of over 3000 per square mile...

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The Zia Sun Symbol is the most recognized symbol in the state

The most recognized symbol of New Mexico, the Zia Sun Symbol is the New Mexico...

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Santa Fe is the oldest and highest state capital in the nation

Founded in 1610 and situated at At 7,199 feet, Santa Fe is the oldest state...

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Acoma Pueblo is the "oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States"

Acoma Pueblo is a centuries-old city where many of its original descendants still live. The...

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New Mexico is part of the Chihuahuan Desert

The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest in all of North America. It covers 175,000 square...

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