I lived in Counselors, NM for six years. Love the high desert. We go to Taos at least once a year. You can't beat the weather in the valley. You have mountains nearby and desert to the south. Would love to move back someday.
Right now the weather is really nice here in Rio Rancho. Sunny and 70 degrees. But it can get really hot right where I live. I live right on the edge of the desert virtually no shade at all. I have an out door thermometer on my fence and last summer it had hit 120 degrees.