New Mexico

New Mexico State Travel Guide

North America

New Mexico is located in the southwestern United States, between Oklahoma and Texas (east and south), Mexico (south), Arizona (west), and Colorado (north). The state is divided into six regions, namely Northwest, North Central, Central, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast.

The climate of the Land of Enchantment ranges from arid to semi-arid, and is often described as a southern desert climate. The state experiences very hot summers and mild winters. The average winter temperature fluctuates around 2 degrees Celsius in the north, while the mercury hovers at 13 degrees in the south. In the summer it can be safely called cool in the north with temperatures of around 26°C, especially compared to the hot south, where it can easily reach 35°C. The annual rainfall measures about 30 cm, half of which falls in July and August. Surprisingly, snow also falls here; the mountains in the north receive about 254 cm annually. The months of May and June, as well as the end of August and September are the most suitable to travel to New Mexico.

Flora and fauna

New Mexico is a mountainous region, with the tail end of the Rockies to the north and the mountain ranges of the Basin and Range Region to the south. The east is defined by the Great Plains, with endless plains and high mesas. The state offers a mixed bag of diverse crops and climate zones. Desert shrubs and grasses, sagebrush, ponderosa pine, oak, conifers, fir, spruce, yucca and wild tundra flowers. Common animals include pronghorn antelope, javelina, mule, white-tailed deer, moose, wild turkey, black bear, pine marten, bat, ermine, blue ptarmigan, and bighorn sheep. In the desert, insects such as the tarantula and the centipede crawl.

Main cities

The state capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe. In addition, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Roswell are major cities.

Albuquerque

Albuquerque is a city in the US state of New Mexico. The city is located on the Rio Grande River. The Old Town is home to 18th-century buildings and historic churches, while the hip neighborhood of Nob Hill is the ideal destination for testing bars and restaurants. Albuquerque was the setting for the popular American television series Breaking Bad. There are now a series of bus and bicycle tours that visit the film locations from the series, but it is also possible to do this yourself. By renting a car in Albuquerque you can also reach Santa Fe, New Mexico’s largest city, within an hour.

Albuquerque’s cable car is the world’s longest “sky tram” and climbs more than four kilometers from the desert on the outskirts of the city to the top of Sandia Crest. The view from the top is especially recommendable during sunset and you can ski here in winter. About six miles west of downtown Albuquerque is Petroglyph National Monument. The lava fields in this desert park are decorated with more than 20,000 historic petroglyphs. There are several hiking trails through the ravines. The longest is about 3.5 kilometers long.

Nature

Seven species of bat live in the Carlsbad Caverns (PHOTO ABOVE), of which the Mexican freetail is the most special; more than a million specimens have their natural habitat here. The cave they hang out in during the day, the Bat Cave, is not open to the public. When night falls, however, they all swarm out, an impressive spectacle for young and old. The hinterland of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is only for the seasoned hiker; rough terrain, sharp plants and above all a distressing lack of water make a trip a challenge. Another view is the sparkling white sands of White Sands National Monument, in the northern part of the Chihuahuan Desert.

Santa Fe

One of America’s oldest cities is still one of its most beautiful. With beautiful adobe and baroque architecture, a vibrant nightlife, wonderful museums and the location at the foot of the breathtaking Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this is a must-see.

Roswell

UFOs and mysterious aliens, bottomless lakes and the annual dragonfly festival are just a few reasons to travel to Roswell. Not for travelers who are allergic to hippies and rainbow shirts.

Truth or Consequences

The town was originally called Hot Springs, but when a popular radio show called for towns across the nation to name themselves after their quiz show, the old name was gone. Since 1950 this somewhat sleepy place has been called Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico.

New Mexico