Spring in Santa Fe – the trees are blooming and it’s in the 70s

While most years the calendar proclaims the first day of spring in Santa Fe we’re usually still experiencing winter weather. We’re into our third week of temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Trees are blossoming and some trees are even beginning to leaf. To put this in perspective, check out our 2013 photo.

Santa Fe Spring - Spring blossoms on Acequia Madre, photo Billie Frank

Spring blossoms on Acequia Madre, photo/Billie Frank

Yesterday, the 78 degree temperature set a record. While there’s probably more winter weather in store for us, it can snow into early May. Today, the Vernal Equinox, the official first day of spring, it’s definitely spring in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Spring - Forsythia, photo Billie Frank

Forsythia, photo/Billie Frank

Maybe old timers remember this happening in the past. For us, it’s a first. The weather is so dry that fire danger is high. Climate change skeptics need to wake up and smell the early roses!

While we really enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, there are some downsides.  Early fruit tree budding can mean no fruit if there’s a hard freeze later in the season. A few years ago a heavy May freeze killed off the blossoms, hitting commercial orchards hard.

Santa Fe Spring - Cherry blossoms, photo/Steve Collins

Cherry blossoms, photo/Steve Collins

We missed being able to buy local apples, peaches, pears and cherries at the Farmers Market in harvest season. The date suggested for the last freeze here is May 15th. Clearly, we are not out of danger yet. Northern New Mexico depends on snow pack and its subsequent melt in spring for water. If you look up at the mountain, most of the snow is already gone.

Srping in Santa Fe - Emerging leaves photo Billie Frank

Emerging leaves photo/Billie Frank

We love this beautiful weather but we wish it was more date appropriate. We don’t want to pay the price for these glorious days later in the year. But today is glorious and we’re going to enjoy it to the max. Happy Spring!

Author’s note: We published a post on Spring in Santa Fe in April 2013. This totally new post replaced that one; there were comments from the old post which piggy-backed.

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18 Responses to “Spring in Santa Fe – the trees are blooming and it’s in the 70s”

  1. Linda
    March 1, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Interesting to see how many plants are common to these islands too, but it seems like it must get a tad cooler with you in Winter I think. Here we can eat out year round, at least daytime. How cold does it get in winter?

    • Billie Frank
      March 1, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      It can get pretty cold for a short spell in winter. From the teens (Fahrenheit) to even short stretches below zero. The thing that saves us is all the sunny days and the altitude- we’re closer to the sun and the air is thinner. This means, if the sun’s out and the wind’s not blowing, it’s quite pleasant out. Where in NY, I’d have to wear a hat and glove even in the 50s in winter- I wind myself, even when it’s in the 30s walking around with my coat open sans hat and gloves. I love it.

  2. Donna Hull
    March 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I visited Santa Fe in May one time and it snowed! However, not for long and not enough to ruin our fun. Santa Fe is delightful any time of year but especially so in the spring.

  3. Leigh
    March 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I think we’ve got another solid month before it really feels like spring though at least the snow is melting quickly and I am loving the longer days.
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    • Billie Frank
      March 2, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      We used to live on a mountain in the Adirondacks in NY. We’d have bits of snow still around the house Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May.

  4. Cathy Sweeney
    March 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    One of my favorite things about nice weather is being able to dine al fresco. I’ll bet there are some wonderful places in Santa Fe to do that. I’m a big fan of cactus flowers — love the pic of the Cholla cactus.

    • Billie Frank
      March 2, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      Santa Fe has wonderful hidden patios and courtyards for dining- plus less dramatic places. I, too love cactus flowers- but I love almost all flowers- they make me happy.

  5. Zoë Dawes
    March 2, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    What a lovely article – a delightful reminder of spring’s joys just around the corner. It’s rather more exotic in Santa Fe than NW England but the Lake District will be full of Wordsworth’s daffodils this month & in glorious bloom throughout spring.

    Thanks for a chance to share your pleasure 🙂

    • Billie Frank
      March 2, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      “I wondered lonely as a cloud…” Those lines are etched on my brain. Ah, school days.

  6. Monika Fuchs
    March 2, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    What a nice reminder that spring is just waiting around the corner. Here in Germany we still have snow all around, but the sun is warming up and spring is not far away anymore.
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    • Billie Frank
      March 2, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      We usually don’t have snow for long in Santa Fe.

  7. Patti
    March 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Santa Fe is one of my most favorite places, there is just something so special about the area. Before we moved to Ashland, OR, we were looking at a B&B in Corrales that was for sale, but it didn’t work out for a variety of reasons. We would have been happy to live there though. I find the desert fascinating, there is so much life and so much color and the southwestern culture/flavor is very special. We have been to Santa Fe twice and I would happily return!
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    • Billie Frank
      March 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      I love Coralles. It’s a newt town. Hope you get back to Santa Fe- we’d love to check Ashland out sometime.

  8. InsideJourneys
    March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Sprint in Santa Fe sounds delightful. I especially like the idea (and remember) what it was like after the cold of winter to be able to dine al fresco. Love the birds, too!
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  9. Jim Liston
    May 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Great pictures, love the cactus flowers. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Billie Frank
      May 7, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      We do too. They gve color to a drab landscape/

  10. Marc
    April 12, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Spring is the best time to visit New Mexico!
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    • Billie Frank
      April 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      It sure is- but anytime you come is great!

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