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Many symbols of New Mexico can be found in our New Mexico coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the New Mexico Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

New Mexico OutlineState Name: New Mexico
State Nickname: The Land of Enchantment
State Capital: Santa Fe
State Governor: Susana Martinez
State Abbreviation: N.M.
2 letter Postal Code: NM
Area: 121,666 square miles
Date Entered the Union: Jan. 6, 1912
State #: 47
Borders: Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, Arizona
New Mexico flagFlag Meaning: The ancient Zia symbol for sun appears in the center on a field of yellow. This symbol holds even a deeper meaning. To the Pueblo Indians, the number four is sacred. The Zia sun symbol has 4 rays going in 4 directions and each has a meaning: 4 directions (north, south, east, west), 4 seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter), 4 times of day (morning, noon, evening, night) and 4 stages of life (childhood, youth, adult, and old age). Finally, the center of the symbol represents the circle of life and 4 sacred obligations: strong body, clear mind, pure spirit and devotion to people's welfare. The colors of red and yellow represent the Spanish flag carried by Coronado in 1540. The flag was adopted in 1913.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 3
State Motto: Crescit eundo (It grows as it goes)
State Flower: yucca
State Bird: roadrunner
State Song: "O Fair New Mexico"
State Tree: pinon
State Mammal: black bear
State Reptile: New Mexico Whiptail Lizard
State Fish: cutthroat trout
State Amphibian: New Mexico Spadefoot Toad
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Roswell, Farmington, Alamogordo, Clovis, Hobbs, Carlsbad
Famous Residents:
- Judy Blume, author
- William “Billy the Kid” Bonney, outlaw
- Kit Carson, army scout and trapper
- Bill Daily, actor
- John Denver, singer
- Bo Diddley, blues guitarist
- Greer Garson, actress
- Neil Patrick Harris, actor
- Tony Hillerman, author
- Demi Moore, actress
- Jim Morrison, singer
- Georgia O'Keeffe, painter
- Al & Bobby Unser, auto racers
Attractions: Acoma Reservation (Sky City), Jicarilla Reservation, Navajo Reservation, Zuni Reservation, White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns, Puye Cliff Ruins, Shiprock, Valle Grande, Balloon Fiesta, Roswell, Taos
Agriculture: cattle, cotton, grains, hay, sheep, wool, sorghum, green and red chile
Industries: Tourism, Technology Manufacturing
Natural Resources: copper, gypsum, natural gas, petroleum, potash, silver, uranium, zinc

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