11 Incredible, Almost Unbelievable Facts About New Mexico

If you’re a fan of trivia and of the land of enchantment, read on. We’ve compiled some facts that’ll give you a new perspective on the Land of Enchantment. From stats about one-of-a-kind attractions to little known details about our state history, these fun facts about New Mexico should surprise you.

Which is your favorite of these fun facts about New Mexico? We are so impressed by all New Mexico has to offer, and it is a leader in so many things that we’ve put together a list of things New Mexico is number one at for you to peruse and learn from.


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Fun Facts About New Mexico

May 20, 2022

What stereotypes are there about New Mexico?

There are lots of stereotypes about New Mexico, as well as stereotypes about the people of New Mexico that many people from the state understand to be relatively, if not on occasion, universally, true. It can be said that New Mexicans are in love with the great outdoors, that they will never turn down some good chiles, and that a belief is aliens is not out of the norm at all. While these stereotypes may not apply to absolutely everyone, they are certainly common enough to be accepted, and even embraced by the locals.

Do New Mexicans have any interesting habits?

The culture of New Mexico is so special and different to anywhere else in America, and there are some interesting habits in New Mexico that are very common in the state but not so much out of it. Elsewhere buying food from a roadside vendor may be deterred, no matter how delicious it looks, but in New Mexico there is a rich culture of enjoying delicious roadside snacks and meals. You also want to keep an eye out for chiles in absolutely everything! These delicious peppers are a staple of the New Mexican diet and can’t be missed.

What unique words and phrases do people in New Mexico say?

It can be said that every state has their own sort of language made up of words and phrases that people from elsewhere simply will not understand. There are many phrases unique to New Mexico, and if you’re not a local, learning a few may help you blend into the culture better. Sidewalk bonfires are known as luminarias, covered porches are called portals, and the local baseball team, the Isotopes, are known more frequently as “the topes.” Take a look at the list linked above to learn more about words and phrases that are distinctly New Mexican.