New Mexico Tourism and the Best Times to Visit

If you’re thinking about investing in New Mexico real estate, you should spend a few days getting to know our beautiful state. If you don’t have plans to live here, well, you should still visit—this gorgeous, unique place has something to offer everybody. However, if you’re planning a trip, you should aim to visit during certain parts of the year.

Each year, the New Mexico Department of Tourism releases its annual survey of visits to the state. 2016 saw one million more visits than 2015, bringing the total annual visitation to 24.4 million (up 3% from 2015). This growth was twice the national average and is likely due to increased knowledge about the state’s attractions, New Mexico residents traveling more within the state, and a greater desire to vacation “off the beaten track.” That year, White Sands National Monument’s visitation rate increased by 12%, and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park saw an increase of 39%.

All of this is to say: tourism is healthy in New Mexico. A lot of people want to visit, and they often come to see similar sights. As a result, you may want to plan your trip around when these tourists will not be here; if you’re flirting with the idea of moving here, you’ll want to experience the state “as a local”–not as part of a socks-and-sandals-clad throng.

New Mexico’s tourist season peaks in the summer—when temperatures are the highest. Summer temperatures rest between the high 50s and the high 80s, making this an excellent time to experience the desert. However, this swell in interest makes hotel rates high and availability low, and you are unlikely to see expensive rooms, a lack of discounts, and, well, few New Mexican people out on the town.

Autumn is the best time to visit New Mexico—specifically between September and November. Temperatures are still warm (often between the high 30s and high 70s), tourism season has ended, and you’ll be able to grasp what it means to live in New Mexico. This is also peak festival season, and exploring events like Balloon Fiesta is something every native and non-native New Mexican has to experience.

Winter is also an excellent time to visit the state, especially if you’re here to ski. Don’t be fooled—winter temperatures reach highs in the mid-40s, so remember to dress appropriately. To that end, no matter when you visit, always remember to bring sunscreen; the sun can be very intense, even in the winter months. If you have any questions about visiting New Mexico, let us know! We’d be happy to help.

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