My old love (and me) in New Mexico...
January 19, 2011 2:09 PM Subscribe
Would it be better to plan a New Mexico vacation for spring break (let's say late March), or in late July/early August?
posted by drlith to travel & transportation around New Mexico (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My husband and I have long discussed relocating to someplace more rural and mountainous after our kids are out of high school. New Mexico is on the list of places we have discussed that might appeal to us for various reasons, but this is based only on admiration from afar. We'd like to plan a vacation there, with the two realistic windows of opportunity being late July/August this year or Spring Break of next year.
We would probably focus on the northern part of the state--Santa Fe/Taos for sure, although my astronomy-geek better half may rope me into a trip to the Very Large Array. We would like to do some hiking and perhaps something like a half-day trail ride, along with museums, quaint towns, photography, etc.
What would be the climatic pros and cons of late March vs. August? I guess my concern is that in March it may still be quite chilly at the higher elevations, while in August it may be unpleasantly hot for hiking in many places. While I'm sure we can tolerate things one way or another, all else being equal we'd chose the season with the more pleasantly moderate temps overall.
Is late March a good time for wildflowers in NM?