October is one of the best times to visit New Mexico at the peak of the fall season. The sunshine is optimum, and the conditions are pleasant. The average high temperatures are in the comfortable 61°F (16.1°C) to 78°F (25.6°C) range, while average low temperatures are in the range of 30°F (-1.1°C) to 48°F (8.9°C). Las Vegas in the central portion registers between 36°F (2.2°C) to 65°F (18.3°C), while Taos in the north ranges from 32°F (0°C) to 66°F (18.9°C). Fewer crowds, light precipitation, and gentle breezes are perfect for a family-filled fiesta at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally in mid-autumn. Visitors and locals rejoice as the aspen leaves display shades of a vibrant gold while driving through the scenic byways. Fall foliage is at its peak by mid-October and displays brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, and magenta. Days become short as the fall season starts to unwind. Light sweaters are suitable for encountering the breezy evenings in October in New Mexico.