New Mexico State Symbols

New Mexico State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

New Mexico Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Students in New Mexico can experience a unique US culture with strong Hispanic and Native American influences. New Mexico also has a large number of national parks and many picturesque national monuments for students to explore, as well as beautiful scenic deserts, forested mountain wildernesses, vast mesas, and snow-capped mountains.

In 1540, the Spanish conquistador Coronado traveled through the area known today as New Mexico in search of the fabled seven cities of gold. New Mexico, called the "Land of Enchantment," was the 47th state, entering the Union in 1912. Part of the "Old West," New Mexico was a place known for cowboys and cattle drives. The influence of the Apache Indians who live there is evident in the artwork and culture. The Pueblo Indian presence is also very apparent, most visibly in the tribe's buildings. New Mexico also has a large Hispanic population, as New Mexico was under Spanish control from the 16th century until about 1846. The capital city of Santa Fe, founded in 1610, has the oldest continually used seat of government in North America. The state butterfly is the Sandia Hairstreak.

New Mexico State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of New Mexico state facts such as New Mexico state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over New Mexico, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

New Mexico State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Aircraft Hot Air Balloon
Amphibian New Mexico Spadefoot Toad
(Spea multiplicata)
Animal Black Bear
(Ursus americanus)

"Red and Green" or "Christmas"

Ballad "Land of Enchantment"
Balloon Museum Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum
Bilingual Song "New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico"
Bird Chaparral Bird
Butterfly Sandia Hairstreak
Cookie Bizcochito
Colors Red and Yellow of Old Spain
Cowboy Song "Under New Mexico Skies,"
composed by Syd Masters
Fish Rio Grande Cuttthroat Trout
(Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis)
Flag State Flag
Flower Yucca Flower
Fossil Coelophysis Dinosaur
(Coelophysis bauri )
Gem Turquoise
Grass Blue Grama Grass
(Bouteloua gracillis)
Guitar New Mexico sunrise guitar
Historic Railroad Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad
Insect Tarantula Hawk Wasp
(Pepsis formosa)
Motto Crescit eundo
(It grows as it goes)
Necklace Native American squash blossom necklace
Nicknames "Land of Enchantment"
Poem "A Nuevo Mexico"
Quarter New Mexico State Quarter
Question Red or Green?
Reptile New Mexico Whiptail Lizard
(Cnemidophorus neomexicanus)
Seal Great Seal
Slogan "Everybody is somebody in New Mexico"
Song "O' Fair New Mexico"
Spanish Language Song "Asi Es Nuevo Mejico"
Symbol Zia (see Flag)
Tie Bolo Tie
Tree Nut Pine or Pinon Tree
(Pinus edulis)
Vegetables Chile & Frijol
(Pinto bean)
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