Q: WHEN’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT COLORADO???
A: IT ALL DEPENDS UPON WHAT YOU’RE SEEKING
ENJOY OUR MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO COLORADO’S SEASONS
Colorado is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine each year. You heard us right, 300 days of sunshine!!! Although our mountains in the winter measure precipitation in feet of snow, generally not inches, the state is generally pretty dry. Spring can bring some rain showers. But even then, your odds of getting drenched are fairly low. Below is a summary of when you should visit Colorado – but it all depends upon what adventure you’re after!
Let’s start with Colorado in the winter. Temperatures can get bitterly cold – especially in the mountains – and this can all be compounded by wind chill coming off the mountains. Occasional heavy snow storms in Denver (more frequent in the high country) and freezing temperatures make the months of January through March popular months for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
Snow begins to melt in April and May as rivers start to flow. May marks the beginning of river rafting season. Denver and many other cities along the Front Range receive their highest amount of precipitation, mostly in the form of rain, during the month of May.
During June and July, some snow might still linger on Colorado’s highest peaks. Typically by July, the high peaks – including Colorado’s Fourteeners – become accessible for hiking and climbing adventures. This is also prime time for mountain biking, river rafting, and fishing.
July and August really begin to heat up along the Front Range, plains, and far western parts of the state (e.g. Durango & Grand Junction). Daytime highs can reach the upper 90s to low 100s. This is also the monsoon season – with its afternoon thunderstorms. The monsoon storms can really let loose some heavy rains and lightning. However, these storms typically only last 10-20 minutes. This is also a notable time of year to check out a concert at Red Rocks or down in Telluride.
September and October are probably Colorado’s best-kept secret. The state is generally pretty dry and temperatures begin to drop into the 70s and low 80s, which makes it an ideal time for hiking and mountain biking. Places like Fruita, Olathe, and Palisade begin to share their bounties of fresh peaches, corn, and apples. Wine grapes ripen on their vines.
Finally, snow and colder weather begin to take back the high country during November and December. December is a marvelous time to visit Denver’s Zoo Lights or check out the City & County Building. This can also be a great time to rent a condo or cabin in the mountains for Thanksgiving or the winter holidays.
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