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Planning Your New Mexico Vacation

An important part of planning a vacation is preparing for the weather and climate of your destination. Taos is a unique spot where desert meets ski resort and truly captures the “Land of Enchantment” motto of New Mexico.

Taos enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and its elevation is at 6,967 feet. The temperature in the spring averages high in the 60s, low in the thirties; summer highs are in the mid-80s with lows in the 50s; fall weather cools between October and November where it drops into the low-50s as the average high and into the 20s for the low; and winter highs are in the low to mid-40s and low temperatures in the teens. With our arid climate, you shouldn’t expect much humidity.

Taos weather means that temperatures can drop in the evenings after the sun sets, so it’s always a good idea to have a jacket with you to keep warm.

If you’re exploring parts of Taos outside the Plaza area, we recommend preparing for quick changing weather. The higher up you go, the faster the weather can turn and temperatures can be cooler.

Packing for your Taos vacation can vary depending on when you visit.

Summer packing list:

  • Long pants for cooler nights or horseback riding
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Umbrella for afternoon rain
  • Shorts
  • Long skirts
  • Light t-shirts
  • Sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen and sun protection
  • Swimsuit for the hot springs

Winter packing list:

  • Long sleeved tops
  • Pants
  • Coats
  • Winter wear: hats, mittens, and scarves
  • Boots
  • Sunscreen – it’s important to protect your face even during the winter months, especially if you’re going to ski at Taos Ski Valley