What is the name of the desert in New Mexico?
It occupies much of West Texas, parts of the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley and the lower Pecos Valley in New Mexico, and a portion of southeastern Arizona, as well as the central and northern portions of the Mexican Plateau.
The climate of New Mexico is generally semiarid to arid, though areas of continental and alpine climates exist, and its territory is mostly covered by mountains, high plains, and desert. The Great Plains (High Plains) are in Eastern New Mexico, similar to the Colorado high plains in eastern Colorado.
- Most definitions include the states Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Arkansas is sometimes included or else considered "in the Peripheral or Rim South rather than the Deep South."
- It occupies much of West Texas, parts of the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley and the lower Pecos Valley in New Mexico, and a portion of southeastern Arizona, as well as the central and northern portions of the Mexican Plateau.
Chihuahuan Desert -- the largest desert in North America covering more than 200,000 square miles -- Most of it lies south of the international border. In the U.S. it extends into parts of New Mexico, Texas and sections of southeastern Arizona.
- Two of these areas (Great Basin and Mojave) are in the USA. The other two (the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Desert) are almost entirely in Mexico, but extend northwards across the border. The Sonoran Desert includes most of the Baja California Peninsula, together with the western part of the state of Sonora.
- The Chihuahuan Desert. The Chihuahuan Desert is the biggest, most easterly and most southerly desert in North America. Although its boundaries lie largely within Mexico, parts reach into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
- Covering much of present-day Turkmenistan, the Karakum Desert lies east of the Caspian Sea, with the Aral Sea to the north and the Amu Darya river and the Kyzyl Kum desert to the northeast.
Some of North America's largest and best remaining grasslands can be found in the prairies of eastern New Mexico and West Texas, and in the desert grasslands of southern New Mexico, southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
- Today, New Mexico offers the visitor fantastic nature experiences, distinctive cuisine, and an impressive fine arts scene.
- 1 White Sands National Monument.
- 2 Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
- 3 Bandelier National Monument.
- 4 Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
- 5 Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railyway.
- 7 Billy the Kid Museum.
- During the 16th century, Spaniards in Mexico called the land to the north and west of the Rio Grande River New Mexico -- that's where the state gets its name. The Spanish influence in the names of places, food, customs, and holidays can be seen throughout the state. The territory became a province of Mexico in 1821.
- New Mexico has a mild, arid or semiarid, continental climate characterized by light precipitation totals, abundant sunshine, low relative humidities, and a relatively large annual and diurnal temperature range. The highest mountains have climate characteristics common to the Rocky Mountains.
Updated: 2nd October 2019