Taos is one of the few year-round resort communities in the United States, with something to do here every day of the year, including many outdoor activities that vary by season.  In Taos proper, the weather is often remarkable and sometimes downright perfect. Taos was located where it is because others found this out over 1000 years ago when the Taos Indians first built their ancestral homes here.  As explained below, bad weather in Taos is often a function of altitude, meaning that the higher above town you go, the more you have to watch the weather.

Taos has over 300 days of sunshine a year as well as great weather just about all the time.The hottest it ever gets during the summer is generally 90 degrees, the coldest it gets at night, even during the winter, is 0 degrees or so. The days are generally sunny and the humidity is just about non-existent. The clear mountain air allows you to see vistas 70 to 100 miles away on a normal day.

Spring is considered Taos' windy season, although these winds are rarely disruptive of any activities other than hot air ballooning.  More than anything, when visiting Taos, remember its altitude is at or above 7000 feet, so bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and layered clothing any time of year, including Spring.  The Southern Rocky Mountains that tower above Taos get most of their snow in March, April and May.  Therefore, Taos Mountain just outside town will often be covered with fresh spring snowfalls while it's dry and relatively warm here.  Unless you're planning on a trip into the mountains, stay in town and witness that "other climate" while you shop and stroll the town.

During the Summer, if you're Day HIking in the mountains above town, please follow appropriate precautions. The temperature in the mountains will always be at least 15 to 20 degrees cooler than in town.  Afternoon summer mountain thunderstorms can suddenly blossom overhead. These storms can cause the temperature to plummet in minutes, changing a bright sunny afternoon into one filled with thunder and lightning, and even snow. Always bring emergency foul weather gear with you when venturing into the mountains, even if you are only going on the little hike to Williams Lake. It is actually a pretty good idea to try to be down out of the mountains by 3 o'clock in the afternoon during the summer.

Now, for the good news. Virtually no one in Taos has air conditioning. The combination of low humidity, summer highs generally in the 80's, and cool nights makes air conditioning unnecessary. You should never go out to dinner in the evening in the summer without wearing long pants and having a jacket with you. As soon as the sun begins to go down things cools off rapidly. Likewise, in the morning, the day starts off cool and then heats up to its 2 p.m. peak. The Taos area tends to get daily afternoon thunderstorms, called monsoons, in July and August, which is the best time to go white water rafting in New Mexico. It is rare for an afternoon storm to last more than 15 minutes before the blue sky returns. After the storm the temperature has cooled down dramatically, the rainbows come out, and the sunset is phenominal.

The most perfect weather is in September and early October. The days are cooler and the nights are getting crisper. The mountains will frequently have their first dusting of snow by mid-October.  The aspens above town will start to change and the shifting sun will cast its pure light on the forests and mountains in magical ways.  The daytime weather can sometimes be balmy right into December.

Because Taos is such a huge destination during Christmas, if you're coming then expect it to be cold and snowy.  Festivities all over the town and at the Taos Pueblo require you to spend some time outdoors, so bring some good layers, hats and gloves and enjoy along with the other thousands who venture out at at that time of year.

January, February and March still have wonderful weather. The Ski Valley may get two or three feet of snow, while down here in the valley it only gets two or three inches of the white stuff.  Taos and Taos Ski Valley have a wonderfully efficient snow removal program for the roads. The road up to the Ski Valley is rarely if ever closed, and then only for an hour or so to allow removal. In the valley the roads are normally cleared within an hour or so of the end of the storm.

April, May and June are Spring. Its difficult to predict the weather. In the past 10 years it has snowed three times on Memorial Day weekend. And the temperatures have approached 90 degrees on Memorial Day. Go figure. Just know that Taos has absolutely gorgeous weather any time of the year.