American Southwest by Lesley S King; Karl Samson

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Rainfall is sparse except in the higher mountains; summer afternoon thunderstorms and winter snows account for most precipitation. WHEN TO GO The Southwest is a year-round destination, although people head to different parts at different times of year. In Phoenix, Tucson, and other parts of the desert, the high season runs from October to mid-May, with the highest hotel rates during the holidays. Wintertime is also high season in the mountain areas of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, where skiing is popular.

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