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15 Reasons Why New Mexico is the Coolest State

March 22, 2013, 9:00 am

o what if we lack lush beaches and have modest adobe buildings instead of skyscrapers? New Mexico has character, dammit and we here at SFR would like to celebrate its quirks, warts and all.

What’s that you say Norco, CA? You think you’re kooky because you require people interested in keeping a pet rhinoceros to obtain a $100 license first? Well, hellfire will come down on hairy women in Carrizozo, NM should they leave the house to air out their muttonchops.

Yep, we keep it gangster in the Land of Enchantment. Interested in why there’s a town here named after a 1950s radio quiz show?

Read on.

15. We have a superhero governor

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14. In Carrizozo, it’s against the law for a female to appear unshaven in public

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13. We’re home to the original Las Vegas

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12. We’re also home to a town that changed its name to this:

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11. Hands down, we have the best police force around

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No, seriously

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10. Our state flower, the yucca, can be used to make rope, sandals and shampoo. Your move, Texas rose!

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9. Because Smokey the Bear is from here

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8. We’re home to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival; the biggest enchilada and the globe’s most colossal cornhole board

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7. In Las Cruces, it’s forbidden to carry a lunch box down Main Street (I don’t know about you, but I can sleep better at night)

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6. Our teenagers are made out of rubber!

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5. More than an international destination, we’re an intergalactic one

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4. We have an official state cookie (recipe here)

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3. Because, according to the state constitution, idiots can’t vote here (well, most of the time)

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2. We’re smooth

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1. We have green chile EVERYTHING

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Interested in adding your own? Sound off in the comments section below.


03.28.2013 at 10:58 | Reply |

Martinez is no superhero. And, she is a poor excuse for a governor. Her education agenda? nowhere. Management of state services and NM departments? again, nowhere near acceptable  governance of the public trust and welfare. Governor Martinez' administration? That's not why we're cool. 


04.18.2013 at 11:27

Someone needs to brush up on their definition of irony…


06.26.2013 at 08:29

So much bitterness, so little time.


04.09.2013 at 09:41 | Reply |

New Mexico has a state question "Red or Green". 


04.18.2013 at 08:17 | Reply |

Wow, you really did a great job at writing an article displaying how bad of a state NM is right now. Way to go Reporter, you always seem to do that.


04.18.2013 at 08:35 | Reply |

The state flower of Texas is not a rose. It is the Bluebonnet.


04.18.2013 at 11:26

I'm aware, but yellow rose sounds funnier (I'm equating on popularity and badassness, not official status). Bluebonnet makes me thing of cheap margarine.


04.18.2013 at 10:10 | Reply |

15, 14, and 3 are things that are better left in days of yore, before human rights started happening.