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Is Texas Similar to New Mexico?

Is Texas Similar to New Mexico?

Breaking Bad fans have been asking this forever: isn’t New Mexico like Texas? New Mexico shot to instant fame with the popularity that Breaking Bad enjoyed. Fondly remembered as one of the best TV shows of all time, Breaking Bad left people hungry for more.

And for fans in Texas, that meant wondering whether or not they could spot similarities between the two.

Why People Think New Mexico is Like Texas

New Mexico is, on its own, a great place to visit. It did see, however, a gargantuan surge in visitors and tourists after Breaking Bad broke big. The city of Albuquerque, in particular, saw a surge in visitors. Of course, everyone wanted to see the place where Walter White lived and died.

In the show, from what we see of Albuquerque and New Mexico, it does—to people who aren’t acquainted with both states—look like it could be a stand-in for Texas. You have the candy floss clouds, stark white against steel blue, in the sky. There’s the clear air and this feeling that it’s almost always windless down there. It does, overall, look like Texas—but how similar are the two, exactly?

Landscape from El Paso to New Mexico

Walter White, a character in Breaking Bad

Albuquerque (NM) isn’t too far from Santa Fe (TX)—maybe about an hour or so, give or take. If you look at satellite photos of both the places, you can see that the landscape—in Albuquerque and Santa Fe—is pretty similar. The prominent mountains that we all loved in Breaking Bad as Jessie and Mr. White cooked meth in their RV—feature prominently in both places.

Santa Fe and Albuquerque are both moderately forested—not too well, but well enough for the Midwest. There’s the similarity—but there it ends. If you start from El Paso towards New Mexico, you’ll see the landscape change visibly.

So, yes, while it does look like it could be the same landscape at times—it isn’t. 

Mexico, Not New Mexico

Much of Texas is, in fact, similar in feature and frond with much of Mexico—the fact that they were the same place once might have something to do with it. That’s also why so many spaghetti Westerns set in Mexico actually look so much like home—because it is pretty similar.

Of course, we should also bear in mind that Texas isn’t a monolith. It isn’t homogenous. It has several different landscapes, regions, and major cities to compare. West Texas, in particular, doesn’t resemble much of the remainder. It does resemble Eastern Mexico a lot, though.

Want to See Texas More Clearly?

Austin, Dallas, Galveston, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonioif you wish to see Texas and compare it to your idea of New Mexico, pack your bags today! And while you’re sight-seeing, feel free to leave with a baggage-storage service. Cubby offers its luggage-storage services in all of the Texas cities aforementioned.