33 Interesting Facts About New Mexico

Last updated on March 13th, 2020

21. Home to the largest camping facility: Philmont scout ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest National High Adventure Base. The ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps that range in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.[16]

22. Did you know that Microsoft was founded in a small Albuquerque garage? The company’s founders Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen wrote their first software here.[25]

Unusual White Sand Dunes
Unusual White Sand Dunes at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, U.S.A.

23. Home to white sands monument: the white sands national monument is a white gypsum crystal structure. It is a major tourist attraction in the land. The gypsum dune field is the largest of its kind on Earth. The white sands are situated in southern New Mexico. The whited sands stretch over 275 square miles of great white dunes. Some of the dunes tower to a height of 60 feet. Additionally, the park offers additional activities to ensure that you enjoy spending time there. They have craft-making programs for kids, stargazing parties, and sunset strolls.[23]

24. The state ranks first in alcohol-related deaths: there is a downside to being the state that produces fine wine. New Mexico is the leading state with alcohol-related deaths. New Mexico’s total alcohol-related death rate has ranked first, second, or third in the US since 1981. Nationally, one in ten deaths among working age adults (age 20-64) is attributable to alcohol. In New Mexico, this ratio is one in six deaths.[17]

25. The only point in the United States where the boundaries of four states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico) meet is termed as the Four Corners. Thus, one can practically stand in four states at the same time.[28]

26. New Mexico is the country’s top producer of perlite, a type of glass used in insulation and gardening.[29]

27. Santa Fe is the country’s highest state capital: Santa Fe is filled with great art scenes, and the cuisines here are amazing. This place has an excellent visual vibe that can’t be found anywhere in the world. It is at 7199 feet above the sea level.[18]

Chile Peppers
Chile Peppers

28. Chili peppers are grown in this state more than any other states: if you love spicy foods, then you need to know that the chili peppers are primarily grown in this area more than any other state in the country.[19]

Burritos wraps with beef and vegetables.
Burritos wraps with beef and vegetables.

29. The breakfast burrito is rumored to have been invented in Santa Fe: Tia Sophia claims that they were the first to invent the breakfast burrito. They have claims on their menu, which dates back to 1975.[20]

30. Elizabethtown was the first town in New Mexico: although this has become a ghost town, it was the first town to be established in the area. The town is found in Colfax County, and it is now deserted as people moved to look for better opportunities.[21]

31. 75% of the roads are not paved: this may seem like a concern, but in New Mexico, it is practically a regular thing. Most of the roads here are not paved. This is because they are not used frequently and the area doesn’t have enough moisture to make the road disappear.[11]

32. Has the highest temperature ranges than most states: New Mexico has the highest number of temperature ranges with the highest record being 122 F (Lakewood, southeastern New Mexico, 7/27/1994) and the lowest being -50 F (Gavilan, northwestern New Mexico, 2/1/1951). This makes the state have the highest temperature range than most states.[10]

33. Neil Patrick Is From Albuquerque: this famous actor is from Albuquerque. Yes, this place has got some talent.[9]

New Mexico – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationNM
State CapitalSanta Fe
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Largest CityAlbuquerque
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 121,589 sq miles; Land Only: 121,356 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 6, 1912
State rank by population36th
State rank by date of formation47th
State rank by area5th
Number of Counties33
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DemonymNew Mexican
Bordering StatesArizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointWheeler Peak
13,167 ft (4013.3 m)
Lowest pointRed Bluff Reservoir on Texas border
2,844 ft (867 m)
Length370 miles (595 km)
Width343 miles (551 km)
GovernorMichelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Electoral Votes5
State MottoCrescit eundo (It grows as it goes)
State NicknameLand of Enchantment
% Water0.2
Noble prize WinnersPaul Modrich (Chemistry, 2015)
Famous peopleRonnie Lott (Pro Football player)
Ralph Kiner (Baseball player)
Neil Patrick Harris
Demi Lovato
State TreePiñon Pine
State AmphibianSpadefoot Toad
State AnimalBlack bear
State BirdGreater roadrunner
State ButterflySandia Hairstreak
State FishRio Grande cutthroat trout
State FlowerYucca
State FossilCoelophysis
State GemTurquoise
State InsectTarantula Hawk Wasp
State ReptileWhiptail Lizard
State VegetablesChile and Frijoles
Longitude103° W to 109° 3′ W
Latitude31° 20′ N to 37° N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Area Codes505, 575, 957
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020