didn't know about
of New Mexico Tourism Department
are some of the things or activities that residents
of New Mexico do for fun?
Maybe more than anything else New
Mexico is about adventure. With more than 300 days of sunshine
each year and a remarkably varied landscape there is no end to the
outdoor activity in the Land of Enchantment. Skiing,
mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding are among the many
common pastimes. But if there is one activity that has to hold the
top spot on that long list of activities it is hot air ballooning.
New Mexico boasts the top two annual ballooning events in the world,
the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the Red Rock Balloon
Rally in Gallup. The weather and the terrain are perfect for flying
balloons, while the deep blue skies and distinctive scenery are
perfect for photographing balloons. The fiesta in Albuquerque holds
the unofficial title as the single most-photographed event in the
||What's one thing the public probably
does NOT know about New Mexico?
of New Mexico Tourism Department
New Mexico has an official state vegetable
that is actually a fruit. The chile pepper, in its many food forms,
might be the single most consistent ingredient in New Mexican food.
Note that New Mexican and Mexican foods have some distinct differences,
and also note that chile is spelled with an e in New
Mexico. Chili with an i is a Tex-Mex creation of hamburger,
beans and tomato sauce. Green chile from the Hatch, NM area is known
around the world for its unique flavor. And red chile, which is
quite simply the ripe version of green chile, is vital in numerous
New Mexican dishes. In most cases when you order food in a New Mexican
restaurant you will choose your favorite between red and green.
In fact our official state question (yes, we have the only official
state question in the U.S.) is Red or Green? Our other
state vegetable is the pinto bean, which is technically a legume.
But thats another story.
||What has New Mexico contributed
to the world?
of New Mexico Tourism Department
Among many other contributions New Mexico ended
World War II. Maybe that overstates it a bit, but not much. Los
Alamos, NM was home to the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s,
tasked by the U.S. government with development of an atomic weapon.
In July of 1945 on a portion of what is now the White Sands Missile
Range the Gadget, as it was code-named, exploded with
the force of 18-thousand tons of TNT. The rest is, well, history.
Today Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories
in Albuquerque are among the worlds centers for research and
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