The design of the New Mexico state flag features a red zia on a field of gold.
The zia symbolizes the Sun and reflects the beliefs of the ancient Zia Pueblo Indians.
They believed that four was a sacred number, and each of the four sets of four lines radiating from the center circle represent aspects of life on Earth.
They symbolize the Circle of Life: four winds, four seasons, four directions, and four sacred obligations.
The colors of the flag honor Isabella I of Castile, her Habsburg heirs and the conquistadors who explored in her name.
Dr. Harry Mera an archaeologist from Santa Fe, New Mexico designed the state flag in 1915.