New Mexico, or Nuevo México, is a U.S. state in the southwestern and western regions of the country, generally considered as one of the Mountain States. It encompasses over an area of 121,412 square miles. New Mexico was formerly part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, and later became part of Mexico. Eventually, New Mexico became a U.S. territory and U.S. state. The capital is Santa Fe, but the largest city is Albuquerque. It still has a largely native-Spanish speaking population, with the highest percentage of Hispanics in the United States, as well as the second highest percentage of Native Americans.
What to see & do
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a national park in the Guadalupe Mountains. Its most popular attraction is the show cave called Carlsbad Cavern, which contains a large natural limestone chamber that measures over 4,000 ft long, 625 ft wide, and 255 ft high.
Alburquerque Biological Park – The Albuquerque Bio Park is an environmental museum located in the capital. It consists of four facilities: Albuquerque Aquarium, a 285,000-gallon ocean tank that contains Gulf of Mexico saltwater species; Rio Grande Botanic Garden, a 36-acre garden that houses various plant species from desert and Mediterranean climate zones and includes a 10,000-square foot glass conservatory; Rio Grande Zoo, a 64-acre zoo with residents of over 250 species of exotic and native animals and birds; and Tingley Beach, which has picnic areas, as well as a fishing and model boating lake. A 36” narrow gauge railroad connects all four facilities.
Museum of International Folk Art – The Museum of International Folk Art is one of the cultural institutions operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The museum is located in Santa Fe. It houses the largest collection of international folk art in the world, and features over 135,000 artefacts organized into four distinct wings: Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena.
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum – The museum is devoted to the history, science, and art of all types of ballooning and lighter-than-air flight in the world. It is situated near the grounds used for the world’s largest annual balloon fiesta, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
How to get around
The larger cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces are served somewhat by public transportation, with frequent express bus service called Rapid Ride. However, the most convenient way to get around New Mexico is by bringing in your own vehicle or renting. If driving, be cautious of animals on the road, frequent road construction, and of course, drunk driving.
How to get there
The sole major airport in New Mexico is Albuquerque International Airport, located 5 kilometres southeast of downtown Albuquerque. It is served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Boutique Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways, New Mexico Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, and US Airways Express. There are regular scheduled flights to New Mexico from Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Silver City, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, New York, Carlsbad, Los Alamos, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, and San Diego.