Top 11 Less-Seen Places and Attractions in New Mexico

Top 11 Less-Seen Places and Attractions in New Mexico

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3 Popular Attractions In New Mexico

  • Petroglyph National Monument: National monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • New Mexico Facts:

    • The province that was once Spanish New Mexico included all of present day New Mexico, most of Colorado and Arizona, and slices of Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. The Original American Territory of New Mexico that congress created in 1850 included all of New Mexico and Arizona plus parts of Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. The boundaries of present day New Mexico were drawn by congress in 1863 but New Mexico didn’t become a state until 1912.
    • After WWII Los Alamos and Albuquerque had many new laboratories. Hundreds of highly educated Scientists and Engineers moved in the state. New Mexico soon had a higher percentage of people with Ph.D.s than any other state.
    • During the height of the so-called lawless era of the late 1800′ when Lew Wallace served as territorial Governor, he wrote the popular historical novel Ben-Hur. First published in 1880, it was made into a movie in 1959 starring Charleton Heston.
    • New Mexico was named by 16th century Spanish explorers who hoped to find gold and wealth equal to Mexico’s Aztec treasures.
    New Mexico
    Nuevo México(Spanish)
    Yootó Hahoodzo(Navajo)
    State of New Mexico
    Nickname(s):

    The Land of Enchantment
    Motto(s):

    Crescit eundo (English: It grows as it goes)
    Anthem:O Fair New Mexico” and “Así Es Nuevo México

    Map of the United States with New Mexico highlighted

    Map of the United States with New Mexico highlighted
    Country United States
    Before statehood Nuevo México (1598–1848)
    New Mexico Territory (1850–1912)
    Admitted to the Union January 6, 1912 (47th)
    Capital Santa Fe
    Largest city Albuquerque
    Largest metro and urban areas Greater Albuquerque
    Government

    Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
    Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales (D)
    Legislature New Mexico Legislature
    Upper house Senate
    Lower house House of Representatives
    Judiciary New Mexico Supreme Court
    U.S. senators
    U.S. House delegation

    (list)

    Area

    •Total 121,591[1]sqmi (314,918km2)
    •Land 121,298[1]sqmi (314,161km2)
    •Water 292[1]sqmi (757km2) 0.24%
    •Rank 5th
    Dimensions

    •Length 371mi (596km)
    •Width 344mi (552km)
    Elevation

    5,701ft (1,741m)
    Highestelevation

    13,161ft (4,011.4m)
    Lowestelevation

    (Red Bluff Reservoir on Texas border[3][4])
    2,845ft (868m)
    Population

    (2020)
    •Total 2,117,522
    •Rank 36th
    •Density 17.2/sqmi (6.62/km2)
    •Rank 45th
    Median household income

    $51,945
    •Income rank

    45th
    Demonym(s) New Mexican (Spanish: Neomexicano, Neomejicano, Nuevo Mexicano)[5]
    Language

    Official language None
    Spoken language English, Spanish, Navajo, Keres, Zuni[6]
    Time zones
    entire state (legally) UTC−07:00 (Mountain)
    •Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
    Nara Visa (informally) UTC−06:00 (Central)
    •Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
    USPS abbreviation
    NM
    ISO 3166 code US-NM
    Traditional abbreviation N.M., N.Mex.
    Latitude 31°20′ N to 37°N
    Longitude 103° W to 109°3′ W
    Website www.newmexico.gov

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    Apart from the list of awesome museums to visit in New Mexico, there are few places and attractions you might have missed to see because (1) they are quite far from the big cities and (2) you just have not heard or read anything about them. #NewMexico #NMAttractions

    1. Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
    2. Dripping Springs Natural Area
    3. Basin Range Volcanics Geolapidary Museum
    4. City of Rocks State Park
    5. Shroud of Turin
    6. Fox Cave
    7. UFO Museum and Research Center
    8. The Valley of Fires Recreation Area
    9. Trinity Site Historical Marker
    10. Very Large Array (VLA)
    11. Earthship Biotecture