The state of New Mexico has many nicknames, such as "The Cactus State," "The Land of Sunshine," "The Spanish State" and "The Land of the Delight Makers"; however, the official nickname of the New Mexico State is "The Land of Enchantment." The state derives these nicknames from its unique heritage of the Hispanic, Anglo and Indian cultures; the wonderful landscapes; the music; and the art.
The official nickname of the state of New Mexico, "The Land of Enchantment," describes the rich history and the scenic beauty of this state. The nickname became official on April 8, 1999, even though the legend was placed on New Mexico license plates in 1941.
- "The Cactus State" – This name describes the abundant cacti that grow in the state, especially on the plains and along its borders.
- "The Land of Sunshine" – This describes the abundant sunshine in this state, and its legend was placed on state license plates before 1941.
- "The Spanish State" – This describes the historical background and the percentage of the population that speaks Spanish.
- "The Land of Opportunity" – This describes its climate, natural beauty, industries and free lands.
- "The Land of Delight Makers" – This describes the influence of the state on art and literature, and it was proposed by George Wharton James.
- "The Land of the Heart’s Desire" – This describes the state as a land of boundless opportunity.