When to Go to Santa Fe

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When to Go to Santa Fe

The city's population, an estimated 72,000, swells by many thousands in summer. In winter, skiers and snowboarders arrive, lured by the challenging slopes and fluffy, powdery snow of Ski Santa Fe and—within a two-hour drive—Angel Fire and Taos Ski Valley. Prices are highest June through August. Between September and November and in April and May they're lower, and (except for the major holidays) from December to March they're the lowest.

Santa Fe has four distinct seasons, though the sun shines nearly every day of the year. June through August temperatures are high 80s to low 90s during the day, 50s at night, with afternoon rain showers—monsoons—cooling the air. During this season it's advisable to keep a lightweight, waterproof jacket with you. The monsoons come suddenly and can quickly drench you. September and October bring beautiful weather and a marked reduction in crowds. Temperatures—and prices—drop significantly after Halloween. December through March is ski season. Spring comes late at this elevation. April and May are blustery, with daily warm weather (70s and above) finally arriving in May. The high elevation here catches people unawares and altitude sickness can utterly ruin a day of fun. Drink water, drink more water, and then have a little more.

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