has its own flair and culture. Bordered by Texas and Mexico, it is heavily influenced by both, but it infuses a sense of Native American culture to create a unique combination. It has a deep and rich history, and modern technology and celebrations make this a state worth visiting.
Oldest Government Building in the U.S.
New Mexico's Palace of the Governors, located in Santa Fe, is the oldest building built specifically for government use in the U.S. Built in 1609 as part of a fortress, it was converted to a museum in 1909.
Hot Air Balloons
Albuquerque hosts an annual hot air balloon festival that is the largest in the world. It is held on the first weekend of October and annually hosts about 20,000 people.
Atop the Sandia mountains, you have a fabulous view of the desert on one side and ski runs on the other. To get to this view, take the 2.7-mile-long tram ride that will take you to the top--a ride of 4,000 vertical feet in 15 minutes.
In Truchas, Chimayo' and Coyote, isolated villages in the northern part of the state, descendants of the conquistadors speak a form of Spanish that is heard only in New Mexico. It is based on their ancestors' 16th-century dialect.
Smokey The Bear
The cub that became the National Fire Safety Symbol was found in 1950 in New Mexico, stuck in a tree because of a fire in Lincoln National Forest.
Carolyn Williams began writing for the software industry over 20 years ago. She now writes and edits for online content providers in addition to raising her family. An avid traveler and golf enthusiast, Carolyn delights in sharing her knowledge of destinations both far and near.