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Profile of the State of New Mexico - Quick Facts and Links

Nickname: Land of Enchantment
Population: The 36th most populous state with 2,085,538 residents (according to 2012 census estimates)
Size: 5th largest state by area
Capital: Santa Fe
Largest City: Albuquerque

Of the less than two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States, three are in New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and the Pueblo de Taos.

Native cultures, both ancient and of the present, and their traditions help to give New Mexico its moniker as the "Land of Enchantment."

New Mexico is located in the Southwest and is bordered by five states: Texas, (a sliver of) Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The area where New Mexico borders the latter three is called Four Corners, and it is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point.

In addition to the stunning landscapes and landmarks of historical interest, New Mexico is an ideal destination for lovers of food and art. The unique cuisine, which blends elements of Spanish colonial traditions, Native American fare, relies heavily on the local chile peppers, for which there are several annual festivals (see events below). New Mexico is largely associated with the painter Georgia O'Keefe, whose home and studio near Santa Fe is open to visitors. Another very popular festival is the The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which sees thousands descend upon the state's largest city to watch colorful hot air balloons take flight.

Guides to New Mexico Places on About.com

  • New Mexico Travel Guide from About's Guide to Southwest Travel
  • City Guide to Albuquerque

  • Maps of New Mexico
  • Google Map of New Mexico
  • Google Map of Albuquerque
  • Google Map of Santa Fe
  • New Mexico Highway Maps
  • Map of New Mexico National Parks, Monuments, and Other Historic Places from the National Park Service

  • Best Events in New Mexico
  • Early March: Cowboy Days, Las Cruces. A two-day celebration of gun fight-reenactments, cattle round-ups, music, and more.
  • Early March: National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, Albuquerque. Chili peppers, hot sauces, barbecue, and all manner of hot, spicy foods are celebrated at this food event.
  • Late April: Gathering of Nations. The largest Pow Wow of Native American tribes in the country, this event promotes American Indian culture and understanding with drumming, dancing, food, and more.
  • July 4th Weekend: Roswell UFO Festival. Alien seekers and sci-fi fans gather in Roswell for this family-friendly event.
  • Late July: Santa Fe Spanish Market. Handmade, traditional art from local Hispanic artists are on display and on sale at this event sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.
  • Mid-August: Santa Fe Indian Market. Larger than the Spanish Market held in July, Santa Fe's Indian Market is a week-long celebration of native cultures via song, dance, food, and more.
  • End August to Beginning September: Hatch Chile Fest. This festival in celebration of the chile pepper is held in Hatch, New Mexico, which is renowned for its crops of red and green chiles. This is also one of our favorite singular food festivals in the USA.
  • Mid-September: New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque. Like other state fairs around the country, this fair focuses on agriculture and family fun.
  • Late September: The Whole Enchilada Fiesta, Las Cruces. The focus of this festival is to make the largest enchilada around. World records have been broken.
  • Early- to Mid-October: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This nine-day event, which colors the skies with bright balloons and brings visitors from all corners of the globe, is the largest festival of hot air balloons in the world.

  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque's Top Attractions
  • Top 10 Free Activities in Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Activities, an searchable guide from the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • 36 Hours in Albuquerque (via New York Times)
  • Top 10 Attractions in Albuquerque

  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in Santa Fe
  • Perfect Santa Fe Itinerary
  • Great Things to Do Outdoors in the Santa Fe Area
  • A Dozen Free Things to Do and See in Santa Fe
  • Visiting Georgia O'Keefe's Home and Studio
  • Visitors Guide to Chimayo, New Mexico. This is a famous center for chiles and a place of pilgrimage about 20 miles from Santa Fe, making it the perfect day trip.

  • Top Attractions/Things to Do in New Mexico
  • Things to Do in Taos, New Mexico
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Dark Sky Astronomy Sites in New Mexico
  • Ancient Way Arts Trail of New Mexico
  • Best Spas in New Mexico
  • Fall Chile Roasts and Festivals in New Mexico
  • Guide to New Mexico Pueblo Pottery
  • Drive the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway
  • Under the Radar in New Mexico

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