The elevation of a town or city tells us how high it is above sea level. Santa Fe has a relatively high elevation of 7,199 feet (2,194 m). When compared to many other major cities around the United States and the rest of the world, the elevation of Santa Fe is much higher. Many people live in coastal locations, which tend to have an elevation of 500 feet (152 m) or less. The elevation of Santa Fe is so high that visitors to the area may need some time to adjust to the city’s conditions. The air gets thinner at higher altitudes and the temperatures get colder too, with various other side effects.
New Mexico residents are generally used to living at high altitudes as the state is the fourth highest overall in terms of elevation, trailing only Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. The mean elevation in New Mexico is 5,700 feet (1,740 m). Therefore, compared to the mean elevation of New Mexico, the city of Santa Fe is one of the state’s highest points. The highest city in New Mexico, however, is the Taos Ski Valley, a small ski resort town in Taos County, which has a base elevation of 9,207 feet (2,806 m) and can reach heights of up to 12,581 feet (3,835 m), with several homes and business being based above 10,000 feet (3,048)
The highest point in all of New Mexico is Wheeler Peak, which has an elevation of 13,167 feet (4013.3 m) and can be found northeast of Taos. The state's lowest point is the Red Bluff Reservoir, situated on the Texas-New Mexico border, which has an elevation of 2,844 feet (867 m). Other major cities around New Mexico include Albuquerque, which has an elevation of 5312 feet (1619 m) and Las Cruces, which has an elevation of 3,900 feet (1,200 m).
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