That's probably a fair statement. My parents asked about how it compared to my trips to New York, and my answer was that the hiking was of equal quality, but while I could imagine living in New York, I couldn't picture the same for New Mexico.
Texas is a maybe, though. I have a good friend in Austin, and maybe I could work out a trip to see her and do some hiking. Someone else mentioned Big Bend to me recently, and it sounds like it's worth checking out.