New Mexico is called the "Land of Enchantment" because of its beautiful scenery and rich history, according to NetState.com. The nickname was first placed on license plates in 1941 and was adopted as the official state nickname in 1999.
Some of New Mexico’s unofficial nicknames offer a more detailed description of the state. NetState.com explains that it is sometimes called "The Cactus State" because of the abundant cacti that grow along the border that New Mexico shares with Mexico. It is also referred to as "The Spanish State" because of its large Spanish-speaking population. Another nickname, "The Land of Sunshine," speaks to the predominantly sunny weather New Mexico enjoys.