Santa Fe has a very dry, high desert climate with intense sunlight. On average, the city experiences more than 300 sunny days per year. The highest temperatures in July and August are 80-90 °F with only 3-6 days per year with 90+°F highs. The Santa Fe rainy season is generally July through August when thunderstorms quickly come through in the afternoon. Santa Fe averages only 14 inches of rain annually. Snow season occurs from November through April, with an average of 32 inches of snow in town and up to 300 inches in the ski areas.
What to Bring
- Layered Clothing. Early morning and evenings in Santa Fe can be cool even in the summer months.
- Walking Shoes. Not only helpful at the Institute but if you plan to spend time in town, parking is a challenge in downtown Santa Fe. Walking is the preferred means of site seeing.
- Sunscreen. High desert means closer to the sun. Sunburns are possible even in winter.
- Hat/Visor/Sunglasses. Santa Fe has over 300 sunny days annually.
- Some people may feel fatigue, unusual thirst, or even dizziness for a day or so. Be sure to drink lots of water, it helps greatly with altitude sickness. Use caution when exercising (give yourself time to adjust to the altitude before partaking of any strenuous physical activities.
- High Desert conditions cause limited water supplies. Water conservation restrictions are followed in hotels, restaurants, etc.
- Parking is difficult in the downtown area. However, parking at the hotel is complimentary for our guests and most downtown attractions are within walking distance.
- Got allergies? For information on Local Allergens, visit www.pollen.com/library_local.asp
- The Cuyamungue Institute is 80 miles North of Albuquerque (Main Airport) in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and 60 miles south of Taos.