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Sapphire Sue
 #1 
For anyone who knows anything about AZ and NM, when is the best time of year to plan a big camping trip to the area?  We want to visit everywhere from Grand Canyon in northern AZ to Rockhound State Park in southwestern NM.  Don't want to be baked in the summer, frozen in the winter, or blown to kingdom-come during a spring windstorm.  But then I've never ever ever ever been to AZ or NM, so have no idea what it's really like.  Any best times to visit?  Best times to NOT visit?  Thx!
Mike Streeter
 #2 
Sue,

I'd say the best general time to visit NM and Arizona would be anywhere from September through November, depending on the elevation; higher elevations more toward September and lower ones more toward November.  You may get the similar temps during the springtime (March - May), but the wind tends to blow harder then than in the fall, at least in our experience.

Mike
Sapphire Sue
 #3 
Thanks, Mike,

I keep hearing about the spring winds, and while I generally really like to travel in the spring, it doesn't sound as much fun if I'm being sand-blasted in the process (or my tent gets blown away!)

Any other thoughts about travel times are appreciated.  Thx!
Karl
 #4 
I live in Az @ 5000 ft . Things are nice enough to go out. Lower elevTions are great right now. February don't miss Quartzite or the Tucson gem show this weekend. Add cities you may visit to your weather app.
Sapphire Sue
 #5 
Thanks, Karl, it's nice to hear from someone who actually lives in AZ.  I have places I want to visit in the northern parts of AZ and NM, as well as the southern areas of both states.  Never been out there at all, myself.  So I have no idea what to expect.  Hoping to do a lot of camping, so don't want it too hot, or too cold, or too windy... 
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