New Mexico is made up of diverse areas of dry desert, snow capped mountains and forests with a varied and colorful cultural mix of American, Native American, and Spanish, Mexican, influence.
Feature some of the nation's lowest cost of living, New Mexico economy consists of industries ranging from from mineral and silver mining to
agriculture and livestock
There are major natural gas and petroleum deposits in the San Juan Basin and the Permian Basin, while gas and oil production is also a major influence in economy of New Mexico. Other major New Mexico industries include tourism, along with federal
expenditures at diverse military installations situated throughout the state.
In addition the state government provides technical assistance and tax credits to promote j business investment and ob growth,
particularly in new technologies. These include development of laser technology,, solar energy, and, quite recently, space tourism since the Virgin Galactic Spaceport America headquarters are in Upham which is the first airline in the world to offer commercial flights out into space.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS), a narrow gauge heritage railroad running between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. It runs over the 10,015 ft (3,053 m) Cumbres Pass.
The track was originally laid in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In 1970 the C&TS began to take tourists on six-hour trips between the two towns, using steam locomotives.