high season: May to September, December
low season: January to February
shoulder season: October to November, March to April
Weather InformationTaos experiences four seasons, with a climate typical of high desert destinations and an average high temperature of 64 degrees. Summers bring the warmest weather, with a higher possibility of thunderstorms in July and August. Winters can be cold, with the chance of snow falling as early as late October and lasting into late March. Spring and fall bring clear skies and moderate temperatures.
Crowd InformationLarge crowds visit during May through September for warm weather and major festivals, including the Taos Spring Arts Celebration in May, the Solar Music Festival in June, Fiestas de Taos in July, and Music from Angel Fire in August; and the Fall Arts Festival, San Geronimo Feast Days, and the Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest in September. Other popular events happen in October, including the Wool Festival, the Taos Mountainfilm Festival, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, and the Taos Storytelling Festival. Holidays can also attract quite a crowd, especially yuletide celebrations on the Taos Pueblo.
Closure InformationMost art galleries, restaurants, and hotels remain open year-round, but some accommodations in the Taos Ski Valley close during the summer.
When to SaveTaos can be an affordable destination throughout the year, but prices typically rise from May through September and drop from October through April. Taos Ski Valley lowers prices after Easter, but rates may also be affected by diminished snowfall earlier in the season.
When to BookVisitors with flexible travel plans can take advantage of low last-minute airfares. However, those with a set schedule should book flights at least three weeks in advance to obtain lower prices and ensure availability, especially for travel during the high season. Last-minute lodging is available most of the year, but book at least two months in advance during the high season to reserve a specific room on a specific date.
Information provided by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce