DID YOU KNOW ...
• New Mexico became the 47th state when it joined the Union on Jan. 6, 1912.
• Santa Fe is the nation's highest state capital, at 7,000 feet above sea level.
• New Mexico is 121,589 square miles, making it the fifth-largest state.
• There are approximately 2.08 million people living in New Mexico, which comes out to around 17 people per square mile.
• About 25 percent of New Mexico is forested. The state has five national forests, including the nation's largest, the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest near Silver City.
LARGEST CITY Albuquerque, founded in 1706
LOWEST POINT Red Bluff Reservoir near Carlsbad, at 2,842 feet above sea level
AVERAGE ELEVATION 5,700 feet above sea level
STATE ANIMAL Black bear
STATE INSECT Tarantula hawk wasp
STATE FISH Río Grande cutthroat trout
STATE GRASS Blue grama
STATE VEGETABLES Chile and pinto beans
STATE COOKIE Bizcochito
STATE MOTTO "It grows as it goes"
STATE SONG "O Fair New Mexico"
STATE NICKNAME Land of Enchantment
HIGHEST POINT - Wheeler Peak near Taos, at 13,161 feet above sea level
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A NOTE ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Altitude sickness affects some visitors who travel from a lower elevation. Symptoms range in severity and include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, rapid pulse, and swelling of hands and feet. To prevent altitude sickness, give yourself a day to acclimate before undergoing strenuous activities, such as hiking or skiing. Avoid alcohol consumption for your first day and drink plenty of water. Wear sunscreen and a hat when outside.