New Mexico is by no means the least of the western states, but it is one with the fewest submitted offroad trail maps. I've never had the pleasure to ride in the state, nor have we had many submitters from there. A trend we'd like to change.
This is one of the "four corner" western states with Colorado, Utah and Arizona. It's a state where humans are outnumbered by… well… pretty much EVERYTHING! With only 12 people per square mile it's hard not to be.
It has the lowest water to land ratio of any of the fifty states, yet: 25% of it is forested, it has the largest of all the states' national forests (Gila), seven national forests and it is where "Smokey the Bear" was found trapped in a tree after his forest home burned to the ground.
It has the "White Sands" national rocket testing facility which took us to the moon; the Los Alamos and Alamogordo facilities which won us the war with Germany and Japan; the single place in the world where a vein of silver was so pure that you merely needed to slice a piece off; and, the most well preserved Native American artifacts in the whole of the world! Not even to mention Carlsbad Caverns.
Its citizens have a fond place in their hearts for the yucca, pinion pine, black bear, roadrunner, cutthroat trout, chili/frijol and turquoise; because they have selected them as their state's flower, tree, animal, bird, fish, vegetable and gem.
New Mexico InterstatesWhat the "government roads" lack in number they make up for in mileage in this state. Two interstates completely bisect the state and another has its "headwaters" there.
I-25 transects the state from north to south from Colorado, near Trinidad, to Old Mexico, near Cuidad Juarez. I-40 does the same thing only in the other direction: east-west, between Texas, near Glenrio and Arizona, near Lupton.
I-10 speeds on its merry way westward from I-25 at Las Cruces into Arizona near San Simon.