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New Mexicao

47th State (January 6, 1912), the southwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: NM

Nickname: Land of Enchantment

Origin of Name: From the country of Mexico

New Mexico State Symbols :

Capital: Santa Fe
Motto: Crescit Eundo (It Grows As It Goes)
New Mexico State Seal
Ballad: The Land of Enchantment
Bird: Chaparral (Roadrunner)
Colors: Red and Yellow
Cookie: Bizcohcito (or biscochito)
Fish: Cutthroat Trout
Flower: Yucca
Fossil: Coelophysis
Gem: Turquoise
Grass: Blue Grama
Insect: Tarantula Hawk Wasp
Mammal: Black Bear
Poem: A Nuevo México
Song: O Fair New Mexico and Asi es Nuevo Mexico
Tree: Pinon   Pinus edulis
Vegetables: Chile & Frijoles (Pinto Beans)

Things to Know

The design on New Mexico's state flag is the Zia Sun Symbol which originated with the Indians of the Zia Pueblo in ancient times.

Carlsbad Caverns
One of the world's largest cave systems.

White Sands National Monument
A desert made of gypsum sand.

Major Rivers: Rio Grande , Pecos River

Famous New Mexicans:

Ralph Bunche , (1903-1971)
Noble Peace Prize winner. First person of color to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oliver LaFarge, Pulitzer Prize Winning author

William Bonney , a.k.a "Billy the Kid" is New Mexico's most infamous outlaw.

Mangus Coloradas (1791-1863), Apache leader

Sid Gutierrez astronaut

Victorio , Apache chief

Peter Hurd (1904-1984), artist

Ernest Thompson Seton -Author, naturalist, artist, co-founder of the Boy Scouts

Things to Do

New Mexico State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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New Mexico Color Page

Printable color pages of the prehistoric pottery geometric designs of Mimbres Valley New Mexico. A new window will open.


Sites to See

Georgia O'Keeffe , one of the great American artists of the 20th-century
Georgia O'Keeffe was instantly drawn to New Mexico's starkly beautiful landscape from the moment she first saw it in 1917.

American International Rattlesnake Museum
The Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world!

Chaco Canyon
Explore the rugged beauty of New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon.

Taos Pueblo
Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico
Well-preserved group of adobe houses is thought to date from before 1400.

Anasazi Hohokam Mogollon Indians of the Southwest
Southwest Chaco Canyon Pueblo Culture Pictures.

Southwest Native Americans
History and Information.

Things to Do-Other Sites

New Mexico State Quarter
Read about the New Mexico State Quater and print
out the color page.

New Mexico Flag

Smokey Bear
The history of the black bear cub that survived a fire in New Mexico and became the living symbol of Smokey Bear.

Smokey Bear Kids

New Mexico Folktales


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