About New Mexico

State Symbols

State Grass

The Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis) is one of the more widespread species of grass in New Mexico occurring in all 33 counties.  This perennial grass is a warm season grass and is without doubt the most valuable forage grass in the state for cattle.  The...

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State Gem

Hundreds of years before the Spanish explorers arrived, the Indians were mining and fashioning ornaments out of this gemstone in combination with shell and coral from the California coast they acquired in trading with other tribes. Chemically, it is a phosphate of...

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State Flower

One of the more common sights across lower elevations in New Mexico are various species of yucca.  One of these, Soaptree Yucca (Yuca elata) is one of the more widespread species.  Yucca are members of the Family Agavaceae.  Yucca (pronounced "yuh-ka") are hardy...

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State Fossil

Studying the past in New Mexico has always resulted in rich finds about early human history and information about those species which were here millions of years before.  One of these early species was the Coelophysis (see-low-FYS-iss), an early Triassic dinosaur...

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State Folklorist

Claude Stephenson, Folk Arts Coordinator and the State Folklorist, also serves as the ADA Coordinator. Claude currently sits on the New Mexico Music Commission and the New Mexico Centennial Steering Committee. He also manages the New Mexico component of the National...

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State Flag

New Mexico historian Ralph Emerson Twitchell designed the first flag of New Mexico statehood, as authorized in 1915.  It consisted of a blue field with a miniature United States flag in the upper left corner, the state’s great seal in the lower right corner and “New...

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State Fish

The Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) is also known as the New Mexico Cutthroat Trout.  This species is native to cold mountain streams and lakes of much of northern New Mexico.  They have a yellow-green to gray-brown body with scattered black...

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State Cowboy Song

March 25, 2009, Governor Bill Richardson signed legislation declaring Under the New Mexico Skies as the first official cowboy song. The song was composed by Syd Masters of Edgewood, NM. This song was selected at a songwriting competition sponsored by the New Mexico...

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State Cookie

The New Mexico Legislature adopted the biscochito (bizcochito) as the official state cookie in 1989.  This act made New Mexico the first state to have an official state cookie. The biscochito is a small anise-flavored cookie, which was brought to New Mexico by the...

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State Capitol

New Mexico claims the distinction of having the oldest as well as one of the newest state capitols in the United States.  The oldest is the Palace of the Governors (See Fig. 1, pg. 119). Built in 1610 (ten years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock), it was the...

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Upcoming Elections

  • 2019 Regular Local Elections - November 5, 2019
  • 2020 Municipal Officer Elections - March 3, 2020
  • 2020 Primary Election - June 2, 2020
  • 2020 General Election - November 3, 2020

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Quick Contact Information

Mailing & Physical Address
New Mexico Capitol Annex North
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Toll Free : 1-800-477-3632

Business Services Division
Phone 505-827-3600 (Option 1)
Fax 505-827-4387
Email Corporations@state.nm.us

Bureau of Elections
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Sos.elections@state.nm.us

Ethics Division
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Sos.ethics@state.nm.us

Phone 505-827-3600 (Option 3)