Big Tree Program

The Big Tree Program tracks the largest recorded trees of a species found throughout our state, based on height, circumference, and crown spread. Many of these big trees go on to be champions in the American Forests’ National Big Tree Program

New Mexico is one of the most ecologically diverse states in the nation, encompassing five of the eleven USDA Climate Zones.  That means we have a varied population of tree species that compete well for national champion status! There are many different species in New Mexico that do not currently have a champion. View our New Mexico Big Tree List and start hunting today!


Champion Pinon Pine

National Champion pinon pine (Pinus edulis), Cuba, NM


NM State Champion Ponderosa Pine (Catron Co.)

 Rio Grande Cottonwood Tree

NM State Champion Rio Grande Cottonwood, (Populus deltoides ssp. Wislizeni) - Albuquerque

For information on measuring and nominating a Big Tree, complete the Nomination Form. Big Trees must be re-measured every 10 years to remain champions.

Questions? Contact the New Mexico Big Tree Coordinator Jennifer Dann


Visit New Mexico's Champion Tree list

Visit the National Big Tree Register

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