“If you don’t like the weather in Santa Fe, wait a minute.”

That’s what campers say about visiting beautiful Santa Fe, and it speaks to the unique climate of the New Mexico city. The varied terrain plays a dramatic role in the weather, which means campers should come prepared for sun, rain, wind, heat and cold. Luckily, Santa Fe experiences an average of 300 days of sun per year, which means you can expect a trip that is mostly good weather.

And don’t fall into the trap of thinking Santa Fe is a sand-filled desert. The Sangre de Cristos mountain range is the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains, and the region is green and full of rivers, lakes and streams. However, like most desert areas, expect temperatures to drop overnight and come prepared for the cooler weather.

What to Pack for Your Camping Trip to Santa Fe

In addition to higher temperatures during the day and rapidly falling temperatures at night, expect to experience sometimes-drastic temperature variations based on your elevation. The key to packing for your trip to Santa Fe is layers. You’ll need to bring plenty of T-shirts and tank tops and shorts, but you’ll also need jackets and long pants. Sturdy shoes should also be on your list if you plan on being outdoors and walking a lot.

In addition to the usual toiletries, make sure to pack sunscreen. Remember how Santa Fe gets over 300 days of sun per year? You’re going to need it.

For a more detailed list of the items you should pack, check out this list.

Why Santa Fe Should Be Your Next Camping Destination

On top of offering several options for outdoor activities in the scenic landscape—ranging from deserts to mountains and everything in between—Santa Fe has a lot to explore and experience.

Be sure to check out the Palace of Governors, the oldest government building in the United States.

Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the United States, as well, so be sure to explore the art scene while you’re walking through the city. You’ll find over 200 galleries and 11 museums scattered around town.

Local favorites include the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the International Folk Art Museum.

Don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine during your visit! Santa Fe is made up of a unique blend of cultures, and it’s reflected in the myriad of restaurants, cafes, bars, food trucks and other eateries you’ll find throughout the city. Mexican food is a staple, and you’ll have the opportunity to try some delicious, authentic dishes and recipes.

Make Your Next Camping Trip to Santa Fe a Great One
You’ll have a ton of options for where to stay on your next camping trip to Santa Fe. Whether you want to rough it out in the wilderness or pitch your tent in a campground full of amenities, your trip is sure to be worth it and full of adventures.