high season: June to August, December to March
shoulder season: April to May, September to November
Weather InformationNew Mexico has a semiarid subtropical climate, with light precipitation, plenty of sunshine, and low relative humidity. However, the weather varies by time of year and by elevation. Summer rains begin around August and snow falls in the mountains during the winter. Depending on specific location, summer temperatures can hit highs in the high 80s to mid-90s in the summer, while they can drop below freezing in the winter. However, when it's snowing in the high country, it's warm enough for golf in the lowlands. And when it's hot in the summer, it's cool in the mountains.
Crowd InformationFall events such as the State Fair and the Balloon Fiesta generate millions of visitors to New Mexico, while community events year-round entertain smaller numbers.
Closure InformationSome shops will close in the winter, but they are few and far between. In general, most are open year-round, although hours may be reduced in off-season months based on location.
When to SaveCosts are generally higher than the rest of the year during summer, and during winter in ski towns.
When to BookIn general, New Mexico can be an ideal impulse buy, as anytime is a good time to book, even at the last minute. Also, most cities have more than adequate lodging available year-round. Exceptions include Santa Fe and Taos, which may require a little forethought, and ski lodges in the height of ski season.
Information provided by the New Mexico Tourism Department