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Santa Fe: Geography and Climate

Santa Fe is located in the northern Rio Grande Valley at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, the city has a nearby pine forest. Because of the mountain setting, Santa Fe enjoys a semi-arid continental climate, with moderate summers and winters. Humidity is low and the sun shines approximately 300 days per year. Snowfall averages 32 inches annually in the city; deep snow does remain at higher altitudes during the winter.

Area: 37.33 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 7,000 feet above sea level

Average temperatures: January, 40.0° F; July, 91.0° F; annual average, 49.3° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 14 inches, 32 inches of snow