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New Mexico is one of the 50 states in the United States, and one of the last to be admitted into the union. Admitted on January 6, 1912 it became the 47th state. Located in the southwestern region of the U.S, New Mexico is the 4th largest state by land area in the continental U.S, but is among the least populated with a population density of only 15 per square mile, with a high percentage of Hispanic Americans and Native Americans, the demographics and culture of the state have a unique Spanish, Mexican, and American Indian influence. The climate of the state is highly arid and its territory is mostly covered by mountains and desert.

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The Four Corners region is in the red area on this map
The Four Corners Monument, placed by the Interior Department at the exact point.

The Four Corners is the survey point at the intersection of the four U.S. states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona and the high desert plateau region surrounding that point in the southwestern United States. This is the only point in the United States where four states touch. Three of the four state corners are on the Navajo Indian Reservation, the fourth corner, Colorado, is on the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation.

The Four Corners Monument located there has a per person admission fee. Four Corners Monument is located at the coordinates 36°59′56.31532″N 109°02′42.62019″W / 36.9989764778°N 109.0451722750°W / 36.9989764778; -109.0451722750 according to the U.S. National Geodetic Survey. US Highway 160 runs nearby while New Mexico State Road 597 serves as access road to the monument.

Because the Four Corners is part of a high Colorado Plateau, it is often a center for weather systems, which stabilize on the plateau, then proceed eastward toward the central and mountain states. This weather system creates snow and rainfall on the central part of the USA.

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State Capital: Santa Fe
State Mottos: "Crescit eundo" ("It Grows as It Goes")
State Songs: "O Fair New Mexico"
State Tree: Two-Needle Piñon Pine
State Flower: Yucca flower
State Grasses: Blue grama
State Bird: Greater roadrunner
State Animal: Black Bear
State Reptile: New Mexico Whiptail Lizard
State Amphibian: New Mexico Spadefoot Toad
State Fish: Rio Grande cutthroat trout
State Insect: Tarantula Hawk Wasp
State Butterfly: Sandia Hairstreak
State Cookie: Bizcochito
State Vegetables: Hatch chile and Pinto Bean
State Rock: Turquoise
State Poem: A Nuevo Mexico
State Ships: USS New Mexico (BB-40) & USS New Mexico (SSN-779)
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State Question: Red or green? (Asked of restaurant patrons who order chile)

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Hotel "Inn and Spa at Loretto"
near to the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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The state also has a number of casinos located on Native American Indian Reservations that attract thousands of visitors each year.

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