Birding New Mexico
There’s a reason New Mexico’s nickname is “The Land of Enchantment.” Some of the most memorable and iconic photos of the West were taken in New Mexico. The state’s landscape includes rose-colored deserts, barren mesas, forested wilderness areas, and snow-caped peaks. The southernmost peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, contribute to the enchantment. Millions of acres of New Mexico are protected by the federal government, including five national forests (Carson, Cibola, Lincoln, Santa Fe, and Gila), and the Gila Wilderness, which was the first in the country to gain that designation.