Before New Mexico became the Land of Enchantment it was called the Sunshine State because every part of the state receives sunshine 70 percent of the year and has low humidity. On average, there are 283 sunny days per year. Santa Fe’s 7,000-foot altitude keeps temperatures moderate with highs averaging 91 degrees F in July, to lows near 19 degrees F in January. There are four distinct seasons with frequent, dramatic summer thunderstorms and occasional snowstorms in winter. The temperate climate boasts bright blue skies and sunshine throughout the year with mild winters and low annual rainfall. The low humidity and skies free from smoke make the climate one of the most healthful in the U.S. The vegetation varies from aspens and tall pines at the higher elevations to piñons, sagebrush and grassland to the south and east.