New Mexico is a vast, wide area, with few people and lots of space in it, making the vast deserts and plains an easy place to find solitude. It is also easy to get lost in the state, and given the heat of the days and chill of the nights, it can be downright dangerous to do so. The region was colonized by Europeans in the seventeenth century and inhabited by First Nations tribes for thousands of years before that. With so much history and lonely stretches of space, it’s inevitable that a few scary stories of things can go bump in the desert nights have emerged from the state.