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New Mexico is a state in the southwest of the United States.
It is one of the mountainous states south of the Rocky Mountains, sharing the Four Corners region of the western US with Utah, Colorado and Arizona.
Home to one of North America's most incredibly scenic and diverse landscapes, New Mexico offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.
Strongly influenced by Native American and Hispanic culture, the state offers tourists a multitude of unique attractions, both in large cities such as Santa Fe and Albuquerque, as well as in the smaller centers of Roswell, with a focus on UFOs, and the artist colony of Taos .
The center of the American Southwest, the "Land of Enchantment" did not gain state status until 1912.
Today, New Mexico offers visitors fantastic experiences in nature, distinguished cuisine and an impressive scene of fine art.
The White Sands National Monument is one of the state's most impressive sights, located a half-hour drive southwest of Alamogordo in southern New Mexico.
Northeast of Taos, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, at 8,900 to 12,500 feet, is the Taos Ski Valley winter sports region, magically beautiful and excellently equipped.
Taos has always been known as the skiers' hill, with excellent intermediate and advanced terrain.
In the remote hills west of Socorro, about two hours from Albuquerque, is the Karl G Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) - a radio astronomy observatory located on the San Agustin plains.
The matrix is used to observe black holes and other astronomical phenomena.
Each fall, Albuquerque hosts the largest hot air balloon festival in the world, drawing crowds of over 80,000 people.
Comprised of around 120 known caves, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is mostly hidden underground.
Carved from limestone deposited in an ancient sea, the alien underground landscape is one of New Mexico's most famous tourist attractions.
Park Service offers self-guided audio tours and ranger-guided tours.
The Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre reserve that encompasses some of the state's most dramatic volcanic landscapes and archaeological ruins.
Once home to Pueblo ancestors, the area was probably occupied from 1150-1600 AD.
Just outside of Taos City, Taos Pueblo has the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in the United States.
These adobe structures have been in existence for more than 1,000 years, built with thatch-reinforced mud bricks and wooden roofs.
Residents welcome visitors to take a tour of the community, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Read about New Mexico in Wikipedia