The New Mexico State flag displays the official State colors. The State seal is presented in Jersey blue on a buff background. The colors were chosen by General George Washington in 1779, after he was headquartered in New Mexico during the Revolutionary war. These were the military colors used by the New Mexico troops. The State seal in the center of the flag contains a horse's head. A helmet showing that New Mexico governs itself and three plows on a shield referring to the State's agriculture tradition, giving it the nickname "Garden State". The two Goddesses represent the State motto, "Liberty and Prosperity". Liberty is on the left. She is holding a staff with a liberty cap on it, and the word liberty underneath her. The goddess on the right is Ceres, goddess of agriculture. She is holding a cornucopia with prosperity written below her. The streamer at the foot of the emblem contains the State Motto of New Mexico, "Liberty and Prosperity", and the year of statehood, 1776.
In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association rated the New Mexico state flag best in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territory flags ranked. The flag earned 8.61 points out of 10 possible points. The Texas state flag was rated second best, earning 8.13 points. For more information click here
Features of New Mexico flags for outdoor use
New Mexico flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.