The Chihuahuan Desert lies to the east of the Sonoran Desert. Just as the Sonoran is characterized by...
A view along the Catwalk Trail in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico. The trail follows the route ...
A view from inside the Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico.
A view along the trail to the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico.
The Wallow Fire burned over 530,000 acres of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. This picture, ta...
Through the extraordinary efforts of the fire fighters, the Alpine Valley was mostly untouched by the...
New Mexico is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, it has also been part of the Imperial Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory. Among U.S. states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanics at 45% (2008 estimate), being descendants of Spanish colonists and recent immigrants from Latin America. It also has the third-highest percentage of Native Americans after Alaska and Oklahoma, and the fifth-highest total number of Native Americans after California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Texas. The tribes represented in the state consist of mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples. As a result, the demographics and culture of the state are unique for their strong Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultural influences. At a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth most sparsely inhabited U.S. state.