Big Tree Program

The Big Tree Program tracks the largest recorded trees found throughout our state.  New Mexico is one of the most ecologically diverse states in the nation, encompassing five of the eleven USDA Climate Zones.  For this reason, we have a varied population of trees that is showcased by our nine National Champions!

In New Mexico we value our heritage, people, and natural environment.  By showcasing Big Trees, we celebrate them as symbols of strength, durability, and the quality of life that they have provided for many generations of New Mexicans.   

NM State Forestry Division encourages sustainable forest management and community tree care to grow Big Trees of the future.


NM State Champion Ponderosa Pine (Catron Co.)

 Rio Grande Cottonwood Tree

NM State Champion Rio Grande Cottonwood (Bernalillo Co.)

For information on measuring and nominating a Big Tree, complete the National Nomination Form and submit to:

New Mexico Big Tree Program

EMNRD Forestry Division

1220 South St. Francis Drive

Santa Fe, NM  87505

or email to:

Phone: 505-345-2200 ext. 104

Visit New Mexico's Champion Tree list

Visit the National Big Tree Register

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