Taos, NM 

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Climate in Taos, NM

Taos, NM is located in a high-desert environment with hot summers and cold winter temperatures. The average temperature in the summer is in the 70s while winters can be quite chilly with average temperatures dipping into the 20s. Rainfall is fairly light but snowfall is moderate for most of the season, averaging about 60 inches annually. Summers tend to be dry but rain showers occur intermittently throughout the year—especially during the monsoon season in late June and July. The climate in Taos, NM is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, and more!

Taos, New Mexico gets 13 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Taos averages 37 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 283 sunny days per year in Taos. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Taos gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 69 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 86 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 12
Rain: averages 13 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 37 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Taos is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in New Mexico.

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Summer   /   Winter
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Taos, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Taos, New MexicoUnited States
  13.1 in.38.1 in.
  37.0 in.27.8 in.
  69.1 days106.2 days
  283 days205 days
  6968 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Taos with an average high temperature of 85.7°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in New Mexico. In Taos, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Taos are September, June and August.

In Taos, there are 13.3 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in New Mexico.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Taos with an average of 11.8°. This is one of the coldest places in New Mexico.

In Taos, there are 182.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in New Mexico.

In Taos, there are 8.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the coldest places in New Mexico.

Humidity is low in Taos, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

August is the wettest month in Taos with 2.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 36% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 13.1 inches in Taos means that it is about average compared to other places in New Mexico.

August is the rainiest month in Taos with 10.4 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.2 rainy days. There are 69.1 rainy days annually in Taos, which is rainier than most places in New Mexico. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 35% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 19% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 37.0 inches in Taos means that it is snowier than most places in New Mexico. December is the snowiest month in Taos with 9.6 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Taos    6 Reviews
    Taos, you deserve a visit! Hi - 1/17/2022
    I’ve traveled to many places in my lifetime. New Mexico is a favorite. Typically we stay in The Inn of The Governor’s in Santa Fe. (It’s an awesome place.) This... Read More

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    Living here full time - 12/5/2009
    Taos is beautiful with much to offer. However, housing is very expensive. Because much of the town's economy focuses on tourism, there are few jobs available in other... Read More

    Art - 6/18/2009
    Taos has a diverse culture which has helped create a diverse art market with over 100 galleries and studios. From traditional native arts to contemporary, Taos has it... Read More

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