Santa Fe climate
Santa Fe enjoys a temperate seasonal climate with about 300 days of sunshine a year. Summer (June to August) temperatures seldom exceed 30 degrees and a few inches of rain falls. Around 13cm of snow falls during the winter (December to February), but temperatures seldom drop below freezing. In general the weather is dry and mild and humidity is low.
When to fly to Santa Fe
Santa Fe is a year-round travel destination. Flights to Santa Fe are always easy to find, but if you plan to visit Santa Fe during one of the city's festivals it's wise to book Santa Fe flights and accommodations ahead of time.
Most out-of-towners visit Santa Fe during the summer months and over the Christmas holiday. During these times, the city is packed full of events including music festivals, street performers, cultural ceremonies celebrating Santa Fe's Native American heritage.
There is no bad time to travel to Santa Fe. However, if budget is a concern cheap flights to Santa Fe can be found end of winter and early spring.
Getting around Santa Fe
The downtown and historic areas of Santa Fe are pretty compact and easy to get around on foot. The Santa Fe Trails buses travel over seven routes from the city’s centre to outlying sights. The buses run from 6am to 10pm during the week, from 8am to 8pm on Saturday, with limited service on Sundays. Route 10 is a convenient path for tourists who can stop at the museums on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Bikes are another great way to get around, but for longer distances you can take a taxi, charter van or rental car.
Santa Fe insider information
What's your fetish? You'll see a lot of animal figures floating around Santa Fe stores. These little carvings are called a fetish and according to belief, the owner of that fetish will possess the same powers of the animal. For example, a person might carry a bear for strength or an eagle for awareness. Most stores will have a list of what the animals symbolize, so choose your fetish and wear it well.
Flying in Santa Fe takes on a whole new meaning. Forget about airplanes, hop in a balloon and head upward. The Balloon Fiesta is world-renowned in New Mexico and takes place annually in Albuquerque. You can book balloon rides in Santa Fe, but you'll likely need to travel to Albuquerque or Taos.