New Mexico True Stories

Inspirational New Mexicans share what they love the most about living in the Land of Enchantment. These New Mexico True Stories show why the people of New Mexico, our people, are the nation's strongest and most awe-inspiring. We know that New Mexico is the best and baddest state in the union. We've got the meanest cage-fighter, the biggest elk, the strongest trout, the hottest and most flavorful food, the most iconic living writer, the first wilderness area and spaceport, the birdiest desert oasis, and the most summity Everest guide of all time. We just want everyone else in the state to appreciate these things, too.

"The Fighter"

Carlos Condit embodies the true essence of what it means to be a New Mexican while also showcasing the intellectual and emotional side of the combat fighter. Condit's training at the crest of the Sandia Mountains is beautifully displayed at a place called the "Rock House"; the old Ranger Station has now become a beacon for Condit to train and hit mitts with one of his coaches, Brandon Gibson. Training in the thin mountain air, Condit talks about his outlook on fighting and how the quiet training compares to 20-thousand roaring fans.

"We are all fighters in New Mexico, I'm no different. It's just that my fight happens in the cage." – Carlos Condit

"The Impossible Goat"

Sometimes hunting isn't about hunting at all. It's about the journey, not the outcome. This New Mexico True Story follows Trevon Stoltzfus, native New Mexican, on his hunt for the Persian ibex near Deming. Through his television show, Outback Outdoors, Trevon is inspiring others to chase their dreams, no matter how elusive they may be.

"Migration"

Why stand when you can soar? Inspired by the thousands of birds that migrate to New Mexico every year, Taos photographer and pilot Chris Dahl-Bredine makes his dream a reality in the sky above the Rio Grande. Without windows or walls, Chris experiences true freedom. See his breathtaking birds-eye view of the Land of Enchantment in this New Mexico True Story, "Migration" to the sounds of Sigur Ros.

"The Visionary"

Sculptor Michael Naranjo never gets to see the beauty of his own work. Blind since a war injury in Vietnam, he sculpts purely from feel, and from memory. The wildlife and the Native American dancers of his childhood take shape in clay with the fluid motion of his hands, one of them also badly injured in the war. The artist's New Mexico True Story is inspiring, as he delights the eyes of others with his work.