Southwestern Guesthouses on 265 Acres
near Silver City, New Mexico
overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness

Casitas de Gila Nature Blog

The Subtle Signs of a Southwest New Mexico Spring

While Michael is busily researching his next blog, which will be on the Catwalk Nature Trail, I want to share with you some of the very subtle growth that tells us Spring has arrived. Spring in Southwest New Mexico does not last long. Right now our daytime temperatures are in the 70s and overnight the temps drop to the high 30s and low 40s. When we take ourselves and our dogs out for our 7 AM walk every day, we are still bundled up in winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves! But by mid-day, it’s sandals and lightweight shirts!

We have had a little bit of rain (and snow) over the past three months — less than an inch. But it has been enough for some of the southwestern deserts plants to bloom. We took these photos at 7 AM this morning, when the temperature was 38°F. It’s truly wonderful to find these tiny little flowers growing where you least expect them!