Curious about what you can expect? Aside from the usual Santa Fe happenings, check out these seasonal attractions and see when the weather most appeals to you.
Explore Santa Fe in the Fall
Visit Santa Fe in September
The weather starts to cool down in September, with temperatures ranging from 47°F to 78°F. This is the perfect time to explore national monuments and state parks.
September also sees the Burning of Zozobra, a 90-year-old, artist-created tradition that involves burning a 40-foot-tall marionette in effigy.
While you’re here, check out Fiesta de Santa Fe. It’s the longest continuously running celebration in the country. The nine-day celebration includes parades, mariachi extravaganzas, processions, and other events. It kicks off Labor Day weekend after the Burning of Zozobra.
Come to Santa Fe in October
Though October is solidly a fall month, it isn’t unusual for Santa Fe to see some snowfall. Accumulation is typically less than an inch, however, and temperatures seldom drop below 35°F, so don’t count on using your skis.
Though October is usually a quieter month—aside from some truly impressive Halloween celebrations—you can check out the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival while you’re visiting!
Book a Stay in Santa Fe in November
As fall winds to a close and winter starts to take hold, expect colder temperatures that range from 25°F to around 53°F. Pack layers and plenty of warm clothes and coats.
Though the official opening is always weather dependent, November typically sees the kickoff of Ski Santa Fe over Thanksgiving weekend. So, don’t forget your skis and snowboards!
Discover What Winter in Santa Fe Has to Offer
Santa Fe is known throughout the country for its excellent ski opportunities. Our winter outdoor activities are second to none, so make sure you come prepared for snow!
Explore Santa Fe in December
If you’re a fan of camping in winter weather and want to get in on the ski scene, December is the perfect time to camp in Santa Fe. Pack warm, though, because temperatures can range from 17°F to 43°F.
In December, you can catch Las Posadas. It’s a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging and the birth of Jesus. It moves through the plaza and ends at the New Mexico Museum of History in mid-December.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can also catch the eight northern Pueblos around Santa Fe marking the holidays with traditional dances.
Camp Out in January
Though January is Santa Fe’s second coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 17°F to 44°F, it still provides plenty of opportunities for camping and getting into a variety of winter sports.
On New Year’s Day, make sure to check out the Native American Pueblo dances that mark the Transfer of the Cranes, or the passing of leadership from one governor to the next.
Visit Us in February
Though February is still winter, temperatures typically start to rise and range from 22°F to 48°F. This is also typically the driest month of the year with very little rain and snowfall. So, while you’ll still need to pack plenty of warm clothes, you might not need to make room for your skis and snowboards.
If you decide to visit in February, don’t miss Santa Fe Restaurant Week! We have a variety of restaurants, bars, and eateries that are local favorites for their unique cuisine, and it’s a great way to get in on the action without breaking the bank!
Camp in Santa Fe This Fall and Winter!
Santa Fe is known the world over for its fantastic skiing, so don’t miss out! You’ll also find plenty of activities, festivals, and more to explore while you’re here!