Yes, we get snow in Santa Fe

Snow in Santa Fe:  trees /rosted in white, photo Steve Collins

Snow in Santa Fe: trees /rosted in white, photo Steve Collins

Yes, it snows in Santa Fe.  We woke up to a dusting of it this morning. People are often surprised. They think that we are Phoenix east. We are not desert: we are high desert, sitting 7,000 feet above sea level.  No palm trees in sight or cultivated saguaro cactuses poking out of landscaped ground. We get four distinct seasons here. For those of you who don’t believe there’s snow in Santa Fe, here’s the evidence.

Snow on the hills on the East side, photo/Steve Collins

Snow on the hills on the East side, photo/Steve Collins

For the past few years we haven’t seen much snow. December 2006 was the snowiest month since we arrived in 2004. The big storm hit New Years Eve and left about 27” of snow in a town that doesn’t own a lot of snowplows. It doesn’t have to. Mostly it snows and melts the next day.

After a generous snowfall, photo/Steve Collins

After a generous snowfall, photo/Steve Collins

There wasn’t an Ugg, winter hat, pair of gloves or set of tire chains to be found in town. I know! I was a concierge and guests wanted and needed these and I called EVERYWHERE. We had to put chains on the car to get out of our street. Luckily we owned a set from our Colorado days. I could have sold them for a king’s ransom. Six weeks after that snow, our street still had snow. six

Birds after a snowfall, photo Steve Collins

Hungry birds after a snowfall, photo/Steve Collins

We’re supposed to get a major storm this weekend. If it happens, it’s the earliest I remember since we moved here. So far, it’s just been a dusting, but the weather says we’re under storm watches and warnings until early Monday morning,

We‘re going to spend the weekend snuggled in at home. We have lots of food, some firewood and a bit of wine. As far as we’re concerned, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Update: We woke up Sunday morning to about six inches of snow on the ground. it was beautiful on our quiet street. Others in Santa Fe have reported up to a foot at their houses. A great day to stay indoors.

We woke up to this today Fe, photo/Steve Collins

We woke up to this today Fe, photo/Steve Collins

A bit of Taos snow:

San Francisco de Asis, Rancho de Taos in the snow, photo/Steve Collins

San Francisco de Asis in Rancho de Taos in the snow, photo/Steve Collins

Read about our snowy day in Taos early last December.



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25 Responses to “Yes, we get snow in Santa Fe”

  1. Suzanne Fluhr (Boomeresque)
    November 23, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    Really nice photos, Steve. Snow is lovely if you don’t lose power, have food (and toilette paper;-) and you don’t have to go anywhere.

  2. Alouise
    November 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    “Mostly it snows and melts the next day.”

    I wish old man winter followed that pattern where I lived - the snow stays much longer than I’d like. Your photos of snow covered Santa Fe are really beautiful. Hope the snowstorm you get isn’t too bad, we’ve had about 13 inches fall over the last week, and I think that’s more than enough.

    • Billie Frank
      November 24, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      I hear you. We once lived in the Adirondack foothills. People drove around with flags on their antennas so that people could see them coming around corners and we still had patches of snow in our yard Memorial Day Weekend and then there were the 40 below 0 nights. I like Santa Fe’s snows a lot better.

  3. Tom @ Waegook Tom
    November 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    These are beautiful pictures! I had no idea that Santa Fe gets snow but hey, the proof is in the pudding. New Mexico is 100% on my itinerary for the next time I visit the USA, now I’m wondering if I should visit in winter…or hope for some lingering snow in Santa Fe’s spring!

    • Billie Frank
      November 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

      I love Santa Fe all year. As snow is more a rarity and it can get cold. Typically, we get the most snow in late March or April. We haven’t had appreciable snow for years. I’d suggest early May- it’s great weather and the trees are in bloom. Read the blog and you’ll get a feeling of Santa Fe in all seasons. Also our monthly newsletter which is more seasonal is a good resource.

  4. Irene S Levine
    November 24, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

    Snow is nice if it melts before it turns gray:-)

    • Billie Frank
      November 24, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

      Usually it does. That’s one of the things I love about living here.

  5. Patti
    November 24, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

    There is something magical about seeing snow in the desert - it’s almost a contradiction of terms. So pretty and peaceful.

    • Billie Frank
      November 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      We’re really high desert and there’s definitely a difference.

  6. Vera Marie Badertscher
    November 25, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve been in Santa Fe several times in January, when I had to wear all the warm clothes I could round up. And I remember being surprised to see an ice scraper in the car I rented in Albuquerque to drive to Santa Fe!

    • Billie Frank
      November 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      We get ice on the windows a bunch in the winter- snow not so much.

  7. Bespoke Traveler
    November 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    Wow! Snow in Santa Fe looks beautiful beyond compare! It is especially charming in the feathering of the tree branches, but the best sight is to see snow surrounding San Francisco de Asis

    • Billie Frank
      November 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

      Steve loves that photo,too. It looks great the first few days, then well…

  8. Linda - Journey Jottings
    November 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

    Snow always looks so dreamy for us being in the tropics!
    And those trees dusted with snow is truly magical
    It’s true - I’d never have thought of Santa Fe & snow in the same sentence - It looks as though you have the best of both worlds to me :)

    • Billie Frank
      November 25, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

      And the tropics always look dreamy to me. It’s that the grass is always greener thing. One of the few things I miss here is the ocean- then it would truly be paradise.

  9. Jan Ross
    November 26, 2019 at 7:04 am #

    Beautiful! Yes, people have no idea the high desert is completely different from the rest of the state. My sister lived in Palmdale, California which is in the high desert and people were always amazed she was not lounging around in her bathing suit in the winter!

    • Billie Frank
      November 26, 2019 at 11:34 am #

      I didn’t know about Palm Desert. I know about Anza Borrego which I think his high desert. It certainly snows around Julian.

  10. Donna Hull
    November 27, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    I love snow and it certainly looks beautiful in Santa Fe as your photos prove.

  11. Jackie Smith
    November 28, 2019 at 8:11 am #

    We were just in Arizona last week as the storm passed through. It was so cold and wet there (in the ‘Valley of the Sun’!) that I almost expected to see snow there. Love your high desert country - beautiful photos.

    • Billie Frank
      November 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks, Jackie. We love the high desert, too.

  12. Suzanne (Travelbunny)
    November 28, 2019 at 9:02 am #

    Lovely pictures - wonder how much snow you’ll get this year?

    • Billie Frank
      November 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks! We do, too. Only time will tell. Stay tuned.

  13. Cez
    January 2, 2019 at 5:35 am #

    Oh, here’s something I didn’t expect of Santa Fe. On all the photos I’ve seen up to now there was always a lot of sun and everything looked hot. Well, we learn every day :D All the best in 2014!

    • Billie Frank
      January 2, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      People confuse us with the desert climate of Phoenix AZ. We have four seasons here. While in recent years it hasn’t snowed a lot, you never know. We’ll just see what the weather brings.

  14. Agness
    January 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

    Wow, this place looks amazing when covered with the snow. You guys were so lucky to experience the snow this year! I got stuck in sunny and warm Hong Kong.

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