May 16, 2017 Snow in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Santa Fe National Forest, NM

by John Farley

In the mountains of northern New Mexico, accumulating snow can occur well into May. On May 16, snow fell in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Santa Fe National Forest above Santa Fe. When I drove up to take advantage of the photo opportunities it offered, around an inch had fallen at the scenic overlook a little below Ski Santa Fe, elevation a little above 10,000 feet. There and in other locations above about 9,000 feet, the freshly fallen (and falling) snow offered up some pretty views:

Although there was about an inch of new snow at the scenic overlook when I was there, more snow fell later, so the total accumulation was more than that.

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