The high altitude (7,000 ft.) and desert climate are factors that draw people into Santa Fe. This sudden change in climate and environment can be somewhat stressful for certain travelers. Altitude sickness, sunburn, and dehydration are health conditions that may affect travelers and residents alike. Symptoms of altitude sickness include tingling in the limbs, nausea, dizziness, difficulty breathing and headaches. Practice the following habits during all seasons in Santa Fe to prevent these health conditions:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use sunblock
  • Wear chapstick
  • Get adequate rest
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for up to 4 days
  • Consume light meals for up to 4 days


Alternative medicine options are abundent in Santa Fe.  They run the gamet from Accupuncturists to Qigong Energy Medicine practioners. Massage therapists to Aroma Therapy practioners.  Reiki practioners,  Shamans and almost any other modality you can imagine.  There are numerous natural healing schools and classes of all types including Yoga, Pilates, Taiji and more.  The card racks around town,  the internet, phone books and local alternative papers all promote an array of options.

Transformational healing opportunities can support you to create major life changes,  resolve  crisis health issues, or release nagging ailments.  Santa Fe is a mecca for healing naturally.


Other than the street confusion, driving is relatively manageable in Santa Fe until extreme weather conditions develop. In the winter, snow can suddenly fall and freeze the streets. Tire chains are not ordinarily required in the valley, but be careful immediately following the snow. New residents sometimes do not know how to properly navigate the windy roads in the snow.

Dust storms may occur in the Summer and Fall. Visitors who become caught in a dust storm  should drive slowly with the headlights on when there is visibility. In the case of complete obscurity, turn the lights OFF and pull as far to the side of the road as possible. Begin driving again when the conditions improve.  Just a note from a local perpective. There have been no dust storms in Santa Fe that were more than some dirt flying across the road with no huge decrease in visibility.   These may occur in more remote areas and to the west toward Gallup on I40. 

Furthermore, flash floods are unpredictable in any season. When an arroyo (dry, river bed) fills with storm water, it can be strong enough to swipe a car into an adjoining river. Watch weather reports for long-distance travel between cities. They will indicate when a flash flood is possible on designated streets or in geographical areas. The state posts signs near many potential flash flood areas. In the event of a flash flood, wait for the water to clear or choose an alternate route.