New Mexico Magazine

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New Mexico Magazine
Categories Regional magazine
Frequency Monthly
Year founded 1923
Company New Mexico Tourism Department
Country United States
Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Language English
ISSN 0028-6249

The New Mexico Magazine launched in 1923, is the first state magazine founded anywhere in the nation, preceding Arizona Highways. New Mexico Magazine publishes a monthly print edition, maintains a website, and also prints and sells books, posters, notecards and many other gift items.


Based in Santa Fe, the magazine got its start as the official New Mexico Highway Department newsletter, but its mission expanded in the 1930s, when it began to run more feature stories of interest to New Mexico tourists. Today, the magazine covers a broad range of topics, including New Mexico's history, archeology, culture, people, natural wonders and tourist attractions.

Most of New Mexico's best-known authors, journalists and photographers have contributed work to the magazine over the years. Tony Hillerman, Rudolfo Anaya, John Nichols, Ernie Pyle, John Sinclair[disambiguation needed] and Erna Fergusson have all penned articles or essays. Edward Weston gave the magazine a collection of 33 original photographs in 1939, which the magazine subsequently donated to the Museum of New Mexico. Photographers whose works have since graced the pages of the magazine include Harvey Caplin, Paul Caponigro, Douglas Kent Hall, Miguel Gandert and Eliot Porter.

New Mexico Magazine is a division within the New Mexico Tourism Department and produces an annual vacation guide for the department, with international editions available in English, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. The most recent books published by the magazine include Ol Slim's Views from the Porch, featuring humor columns by Slim Randles with illustrations by Grem Lee, and King of the Road: Adventures Along New Mexico's Friendly Byways, a collection of travel articles by Lesley S. King.

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