ATTRACTIONS: (some major ones)
Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Canyon, Roswell International UFO Museum, Indian cliff lodging, Sandia Peak Tramway, Santa Fe, Taos, White Sands, a wide assortment of monuments, and of course, magnificent New Mexico scenery.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of New Mexico, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
- Santa Fe
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- Santa Fe
- Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
- Times to Travel: With a variety of attractions, historical sites, monuments, museums, caves and national parks and destination cities of Santa Fe, Taos and Ruidoso, New Mexico offers a great family vacation any time of the year.
New Mexico weather
Climate: Across New Mexico, the climate varies considerably due to its size and topography, however one consistent fact can be stated as it enjoys full sunshine more than 70% of the time.
Temperatures in the low 90s are common summer occurrences, but in the upper-reach mountains, cities like Santa Fe are cooler throughout the year.
- Biotionary: Nickname of New Mexico, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
In winter, mountains in north-central New Mexico receive as much as 300 inches of snowfall, while the arid, lower Rio Grande Valley sees less than two inches. From July to August, thunderstorms make up most of the state’s rainfall.
Seasonal Temperature Averages:
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 9/48 (Feb) 10/51 (March) 60/15 (April) 68/20
May 74/23 (Jun) 87/30 (July) 93/34 (Aug) 92/33
(Sept) 88/31 (Oct) 79/26 (Nov) 63/17 (Dec) 52/11
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit/Celsius)
(Jan) 24/-4 (Feb) 27/-3 (March) 31/0 (April) 38/3
May 47/8 (June) 56/13 (July) 63/17 (August) 67/19
(September) 60/15 (October) 50/10 (November) 38/3 (December) 28/-2
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
This historic route served in the past as a route for emigrants heading from Arizona or Mexico to California. In 1829, the trail also began to be used for commercial purposes, the Mexican merchant Antonio Armijo led the first caravan from Santa Fe to San Gabriel (near present-day Los Angeles). However, the journey was difficult, it led through a dry desert landscape, so mules and people had to endure a long time without water. The trail was used for commercial purposes for another 20 years, until 1848. Not only various goods, but also slaves were traded here. Whoever set out on the journey had to reckon with possible Indian raids or horse theft.
The original Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, Utes and Apache Indian tribes knew this 2,700-mile long trail long before the arrival of white settlers. They used different parts of the trail in their hunts. The Spanish Trail was named by the American John C. Frémont, who traveled west to Oregon and California along this route during a military campaign. The name derives from the old Spanish colonies in northern New Mexico and southern California that were connected to this line. No fortifications were built on the route for the soldiers and they found no facilities here. Therefore, they had to provide everything themselves, including food, water and lodging. Today, you will find only a few documents about its historical use on the route, but it is still worth driving at least a small part of it.
Pecos National Historical Park
Pecos National Historical Park is located about 40 km east of the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally, only a national monument stood in the area, but in 1990, new land was added to it and the area’s official designation changed to Pecos National Historic park. The park also includes the Pecos Pueblo National Historic Landmark.
Pecos Park consists of several non-contiguous units. The main one is the ruins of the town of Pecos Pueblo, which was built sometime in the 14th century. It is here that the remains of the Spanish mission Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de Porciúncula de los Pecos, which was established here at the beginning of the 16th century, are located. About 2 km from here begins a trail that goes through all the ruins of Pecos Pueblo and other important sites in the area.
Pecos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. For more than 400 years, the area has been inhabited. The Spanish colonizers themselves settled here for 200 years and established their missions here. Only in the 19th century did the last person leave the pueblo for unknown reasons.
In addition to Pecos Puebla, the park also protects the historic Glorieta Pass battlefield, where one of the great battles took place during the American Civil War. The park also includes a section of historic railroad tracks with wagons that run along the old Santa Fe Trail. Both the Glorietta and the Santa Fe Trail are currently closed to the public, but if you are interested, you can visit them with the rangers on their regular tours. The park also includes the Forked Lightning Ranch, which was designed by John Gaw Meem for the well-known American rodeo operator Tex Austin. Later, the ranch was inhabited by British actress Greer Garson, who was very popular during World War II.