New Mexico is home to 18 National Park Stops. It is 2nd only to Arizona in days of sunshine per year. The climate is very dry and extreme weather conditions are rare. Elevations in the state range from 2,817 ft. at Red Bluff Lake in the southern Rio Grande Valley to 13,161 ft. on Wheeler Peak in north central New Mexico. New Mexico does experience all four seasons.
The normal weather patterns call for warm to hot days and cool nights with scattered thundershowers in the summer and cold nights and moderate days with some snow in the winter. Fall and spring can be spectacular!
New Mexico is perhaps most recognized for its many mountain ranges – the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Brazos, Mogollon, San Juan, Zuni, San Mateo, Datil, Gallinas, Jicarilla, Capitan, White, Sacramento, Guadalupe, Sandia, Manzanos, Pinos, Oscuras, San Andres, Organ, Fra Cristobal, Caballo, and Magdalena.
However, New Mexico is also home to vitally important grasslands. According to the Nature Conservancy, grasslands represent the most threatened habitat on Earth and the least protected. Less than two percent worldwide and just four percent in the United States have received formal protection.
Some of North America’s largest and best-remaining grasslands can be found in the prairies of eastern, western and northern New Mexico. It will take unprecedented collaboration and resources to protect New Mexico’s prairie and desert grasslands both for its natural value and for the benefit of people who need healthy, resilient landscapes for life and livelihoods. You can help protect these essential and fragile lands.
The NM tourism site NewMexicoTrue is a great resource for local food, adventures, places to see, and upcoming festivals & events. I find Instagram to be a helpful trip planning tool.