New mexico is a place that is rich in culture and history. New Mexico has scenic byways, fine arts and crafts that are unique and interesting. New Mexico is set in the southern Rocky mountains and has ten ski areas located along the mountains of red river, Taos, Angel Fire, and Santa Fe. New Mexico is well known for its arts, the state's art museums offers folk art , paintings and sculptures. The population of New Mexico is 1,954,599 and is home to the Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. New Mexico's open sky and weather make it possible for the aerospace industry. Robert Goodard, the father of modern rocketry began research in roswell in the 1930's. Space port America is the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.