Cold, high altitude,dry winter air
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunglasses. The high altitudes and sun's position in the winter makes for a very bright sky. The glare alone is blinding. Don't forget to protect your eyes. Also dress in layers especially on sunny, cold days. I was comfortable at 30 degrees (0 dg C) in layers of thermal undershirt, shirt & polar fleece sweater (Jumper), a hat and pair of gloves BUT once the sun goes down it gets down right cold and you will need a good jacket as well as gloves, hat, scarf. Pack wisely
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hydrate hydrate hydrate....drink a lot of water while you are here. When the sky is clear there is relatively very little moisture in the air couple that with high altitude is a recipe for dehydration.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must!! Sandals are fine in summer, but good walking shoes are a requirement at any season on the city's often uneven pavements.
A lightweight straw hat is essential in the summer, and a good idea any time the sun shines to cut glare and ward off sunburn. (Remember, you need to protect the back of your neck too.)
From June through September, no matter how clear the morning is, by midafternoon the thunderheads will build up and a downpour is likely. It's a good idea to carry a small umbrella. On the other hand, thunderstorms usually don't last long, so nip into the nearest watering hole and have a Margarita while you wait for the skies to clear (but cf. below).
No matter what the season, the "layered look" is advisable: even on a warm day, the temperature can drop precipitously if the clouds roll in, and nighttime temperatures are routinely 30 degrees cooler than the daytime. If you go out before sunset and intend to stay out all evening, bring a sweater!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring sunscreen, and USE IT even if it's not summer -- you can get a nasty burn at any time of year. (I was entirely too casual about sunscreen for my first 8 years here, and now have a standing date with my dermatologist for removal of pre-cancerous thingies.)
Miscellaneous: Remember, we're at 7000 feet! Drink lots of water, and don't overexert yourself for the first day or two until you're used to the altitude. Also, be very careful about drinking -- a Margarita that makes you pleasantly high at sea level will lay you flat here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Santa Fe Style -- as I've described before -- we're a touristy spot, but also very 'New Mexico' -- often called the 'land of manana' (like later, or tomorrow). This all means, dress in whatever is comfortable. However, sweats don't go. Jeans and a dressy shirt always work.
The Santa Fe style is jeans with an ironed crease in the pants. No ties for the men, jeans and blazers with the top button of your shirt unbuttoned, is always acceptable. Boots, particularly 'ropers' (which have a low heel and round toe), are always nice too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen, sunglasses: we are high altitude and dry, so there's not much atmosphere to protect you from UV.