…which is neither “new”, nor “Mexico”…
New Mexico is a beautiful State with great geological diversity; you can go from high desert, to grass-lands, to alpine high mountains. Some of the best skiing will be found in New Mexico, in the Rocky Mountains to the north, as well as Sacramento Mountains to the south.
Sparsely populated, the majority of the population live along the Rio Grande Valley in the three major cities – Santa Fe (State Capitol), Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Cattle ranching and farming predominate the rural landscape of New Mexico.
Its long growing season and mild climate with little feed supplementation in most parts of the State make ranching and farming an attractive proposition. Property taxes in New Mexico are low compared to most other States.
The Capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, built in 1610, is one of the oldest public buildings in America. Santa Fe is also the oldest capital city in the U.S. New Mexico became a State in 1912. The whole State population is approximately 2 million, with more than a quarter living in Albuquerque.
New Mexico Facts and Figures
Total Farmland/Ranchland: 43.9 million acre
Number of Farms/Ranches: 23,800
Average Farm/Ranch Size: 1,845 acres
State Bird: Roadrunner
State Tree: Piñon Pine
State Flower: Yucca
Number of Counties: 33
Largest City: Albuquerque – 552,804
Nickname: Land of Enchantment
New Mexico Geography
New Mexico is home to six of the seven life zones in the world;
- Lower Sonoran- below 4,500 ft.
- Upper Sonoran-between 4,500-8,000 ft.
- Transition- between 8,000- 9,5000 ft.
- Canadian-between 8,500-12,000 ft.
- Hudsonian- above 11,000 ft.
- Artic- Alpine
New Mexico is divided into 4 geographic regions: the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and the Basin & Range. Geographically it is the fifth largest state. The two largest rivers are the Rio Grande and Pecos. The Pecos is actually a tributary of the Rio Grande.
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Farming and Ranching in New Mexico
There are very productive grasses and forage soils that are excellent for livestock grazing as well as wildlife habitat. Some of the more commonly found grasses are blue grama, black grama, sideoats grama, western wheat and many others depending on area and soil. Some typical shrubs that provide excellent winter feed are four wing saltbrush (chamisa) and winterfat. Typical soils are sandy, loams, sandy loams and, clay loams.
Farming and ranching have deep roots in New Mexico. About 2500 years ago the Mogollon people grew corn, squash, and beans. Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and Anglo pioneers all brought unique contributions that are still important to New Mexico agriculture today.