New Mexico Fast Facts

Population
2,085,538 (2012 estimation)

Land Area
121,599 sq. miles making it the fifth largest state in the union behind Alaska, Texas, California, and Montana.

State Capitol
Santa Fe, the oldest government seat in the U.S.

Statehood
New Mexico became a state on January 6th, 1912 making in the 47th state to be admitted to the Union.

Highest Point
Wheeler Peak at 13,161 ft above sea level.

Lowest Point
Red Bluff Reservoir, south east of Carlsbad at 2,842 ft. above sea level.

State Gem
Turquoise (like diamonds to the Native Americans in this area)

State Flower
Yucca

State Tree
Piñon (think pine nuts yummmm)

State Bird
Roadrunner

State Fish
Río Grande Cutthroat Trout (fishing is huge around here)

State Animal
Black Bear

(Information from the complimentary “New Mexico Vacation Guide”

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