When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.
Spring or Fall presents the best weather for exploring the park, descending into the underground Ceremonial Kiva's and hiking the trails.
A must visit place , preferably in winter. Summer gets boiling hot and would tire one out soon, especially with the long walks required to properly explore this place. Also, avoid weekends if possible.
Any season / Opening hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be there at 9 if possible to avoid other tourist groups.
Most travelers visit Taos between May and September. Summer means high season with more crowds and higher rates. The best sweet spot months with less tourists and pleasant temperatures at the same time are May until early June as well as late September through October.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
You can avoid the most crowds by visiting early in the morning. Be there at 8 .a.m when Taos Pueblo opens (see below). We highly recommend being there first thing in the morning, especially during the busy high season. Another advantage to visiting early is the great lighting for photography and less heat in the summer.
The weather in Taos is usually pleasant year-round with more than 300 days of sunshine. However, it can get chilly in the winter (average high in January 40°F / 4°C). Monthly weather details including precipitation (you can switch between C and F at the top): Taos New Mexio - Monthly Climate
The Unesco Wold Heritage Site Taos Pueblo is open 7 days a week. Mo-Sa: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm). Guided tours start at 9 a.m. Please keep in mind that Taos Pueblo is closed for a two month period between February and April. Often people who visit in April are surprised and dissapointed because of the closure. Call Pueblo Tourism first if you to plan to visit in Feb/Mar/April: (+1) (575) 758-1028
Avoid the summer months and be there as early as possible. Buses arrive around 10 in the morning. It gets hot and crowded, up to 1000 people each day.
Montserrat is famous for the Black Madonna. Even in March, you have to queue for half an hour or longer to see and touch her. At 1 p.m. you can listen to the Montserrat Boys Choir.
You can climb to the top throughout the year. The most popular months are during the pilgrimage season from the full moon in December to the full moon in April. Regarding the weather, it's the drier season. The pilgrims walk the paved and steep trail during the night to be at the top for the sunset. You may see young and even very old people 80 years and older doing the strenuous climb. The way down with all these steps is way worse. Of course, it is an experience, but be aware loudspeakers are along the trail and switched on in the late afternoon. It can be heavily crowded in the night. The sunset is spectacular if it's not cloudy or misty. However, you may be stuck, queue, can't get to the top, and even have to return due to the many visitors and pilgrims. It's up to you if you want to witness the spectacle or if you prefer to climb up during the day and being back in the evening.
Top Tip for the Climb
Check the weather forecast before you decide to travel to Adam's Peak. Rain and thick clouds can spoil your experience!
Weather and Crowds
- January to April are the driest months, however, showers can occur. It's also the busiest time to climb Sri Pada. You may even won't reach the top due to the many pilgrims. Nights temps on the mountain are cool throughout the year. Expect one digit night temps from January to March. Day temps are almost around 20°c. The path up to the top is less busy during the day. However, it's a hot climb up to the top due to the high humidity and sunshine at daytime.
- May to December are the wettest months. Monsoons are likely to happen from May to August. May to November you don't experience any crowds. The chance for rain is much higher, but it can be nice as well. The temple is not open on the top of Adam's Peak in the monsoon season. The trail is pretty slippery during rain and take precaution for leeches. Bring torches and a headlight, because the steps are not lighted. It becomes busy at full moon in December when the pilgrimage season starts.