Home is now a small rental house, in a golf course community on the sand hills west of Las Cruces and the Rio Grande. I’m in the Chihuahuan Desert, which is considered a “high desert” since most of it lies between 2000 feet and 6500 feet elevations, though it is arid and far enough south to escape most serious winters.

See the blue pin on the left side of the below photo.

Home-Google Aerial01This is the solitude I’ve missed, 2013-2016 living in a small El Paso apartment. Though I’m limited on what I can do with the property, this is the most appealing neighborhood I’ve ever lived in. In the aerial my house is above the blue pin, and it was once white stucco.

Home-Google Aerial02

Throughout, there are substantial islands of preserved and naturalized flora. And I’m just minutes to part of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. This being New Mexico, the road there isn’t maintained often and requires high clearance 4WD. My Toyota Corolla isn’t ideal.


Geography + Soils + Climate (average / annual stats)

Ecoregion – Chihuahuan Desert (Creosote Bush-Ocotillo, Mesa Sand Scrub associations)
Elevation – 4,035′ above sea level
Soils – gravelly sand, sandy loam

Sunset climate zone 10[b]
Cold hardiness zone USDA 8a [arid], Sunset zone 10(b)
Heat zone – AHS zone 8
Growing season [consecutive lows >32F] – 230 days
ET rate [evapotranspiration] – 78″
Sunshine – 293 days (193 clear <30% cloud cover + 100 partly cloudy 30-70% cloud cover)

Temperatures –
110F all-time high (1994)
105F average highest
62F average annual
12F average lowest
-12F all-time low (1962)

Precipitation * (arid – late Summer into early Fall is the “wet” or monsoon season, Fall through Winter and into early Summer is progressively drier) –
15″ wettest (1941, 2006)
7.3″ average annual [.3″ of that liquid from 3″ snow]
3″ average annual snowfall [1/3 years have no snow]
3.8″ driest (1953)

* extrapolated from local observation, this station, and this station



Curve-billed Thrasher
Scaled Quail
Gambel Quail
Mourning Dove
White-wing Dove
– – – Bat
Cicadas (2 species)