Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
New Mexico never ceases to mesmerize, amaze and amuse us. It’s such a unique state that many don’t know much about. At the same time though, many think they know a lot about it. Well this article is for both types. Those who don’t know and those who think they know. Here are 12 incredible facts about New Mexico that most people don’t know but should know.
Robert V. Estrada from Las Cruces, New Mexico created the country’s largest enchilada at The Whole Enchilada Festival. He rolled this one out in 2000 and at the time it was the world’s largest enchilada at 10.5 feet in diameter. His record was defeated however by a 230 foot rolled enchilada in Mexico. However, Robert’s enchilada still is the world’s largest flat enchilada.
After the Capitan Gap forest fire in 1950 burned 17,000 acres of land, Smokey Bear was created to keep the public informed about forest fire prevention.
People from around the world come to Angel Fire, New Mexico every February to compete as shovel racers! The World Shovel Race is an awesome event that introduces an even more interesting sport. They should try to get shovel racing into the Olympics (maybe then we’d actually watch it).
It is somewhat well known that the chimichanga and that sapapilla both come from New Mexico, but few know that the breakfast burrito also has its roots in the state. Though it honestly shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Albuquerque is home to more than 300 hot air balloons and holds the International Hot Air Balloon Festival every year.
Not only did Felix Baumgartner break the sound barrier but he also earned the world record for the highest skydive.
Here’s the video of him doing it:
Everyone talks about Denver being the “mile high” city and how special it is. Denver is nice, and it is a mile above sea level, but it is no Santa Fe, which is higher at 7,000 feet above sea level. A mile is only a mere 5,280 feet.
About 13 years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and had a blast with the Native Americans, Santa Fe was already founded by Spain and named a Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis. That name proved to a be a bit too long so they changed it to Santa Fe in 1610.
Built in 1610, Palace of the Governors was the first official government building in the United States. Though not a part of the Union at the time of course (because there was no Union), it still stands between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue on Palace Avenue on the Plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
You might know him as teenage prodigy Doogie Howser M.D. but most of us now know him as Barney Stinson. The How I Met Your Mother star was born in Albuquerque on June 15, 1973.
The White Sands National Monument has attracted many tourists because of it’s unique beauty and vast white sand dunes. Though it’s not actually made up of sand but actually is composed of gypsum crystals.
Actually Taos Pueblo, New Mexico has had Native American residents for over 1000 years. Only some of the Pueblos are intact and have been for over 900 years. It’s like seeing ancient history in the present!