Colorado Weather

Colorado weather is usually sunny and dry but can change quickly. The saying that if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes because it'll change, really applies here...especially in the mountains.

Some Denver Weather Facts

  • The warmest month is usually July.
  • The highest temperature on record was 105 F in 2005.
  • The coldest month is usually January.
  • The lowest temperature on record was -25 F in 1963.
  • The earliest snowstorm recorded was September 3, 1961.
  • The snowiest Christmas was 1982 with 24 inches of snow.
  • The wettest month is usually May.

And Here Are Some Colorado Weather Facts

  • Colorado receives over 300 days of sunshine each year.
  • Approximately 16.5 inches of precipitation annually.
  • Humidity is about 33 percent.
  • More than 300 inches of snow per year in the ski towns.
  • The snowiest month is usually March.
  • Snow usually falls someplace in the state each month except possibly August.

Springtime Weather in Colorado

Big Thompson River, R.M.N.P.

This picture from Rocky Mountain National Park is typical of what you’ll see there in the spring. There is less snow on the high mountain peaks, and the snow will have melted in the lower elevations. Most of the ice has melted from the rivers but the water is quiet because the big snow melt hasn’t quite started yet. Daytime temperatures are cool but not usually cold.

Summer Weather in Colorado

Rabbit Ears Pass wildflowers near Steamboat Springs

Summertime is when the wildflowers in Colorado’s mountains reach peak bloom. That usually happens between about mid June to mid August, depending where you are. I took this picture while hiking to Rabbit Ears Peak, near Steamboat Springs. The peak bloom for these flowers is late July and they are gorgeous! Daytime temperatures range from the 70s to 80s.

Autumn Weather in Colorado

Fall color aspens, near Aspen, Colorado

Autumn in Colorado means shorter and crisper days. But it also means the aspen trees will turn a brilliant golden color, as you see here. I took this picture in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, and as you can see, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy them. It was the third week in September and temperatures ranged from the 60s to 70s.

Colorado Weather in the Wintertime

Steamboat Springs area winter

Here’s a typical winter scene in Colorado’s high country; in this case it’s Steamboat Springs. And boy do they get their snow! They received over 35 feet of snow during the 2005-2006 season. So it’s great for the winter equivalent of hiking which is snow shoeing. This picture was taken in February on Rabbit Ears Pass and though the temperature was in the teens, snow shoeing keeps you warm!

By the way, if you're wondering why there isn't that much snow on the trees in the above picture, it's because it hadn't snowed for several days during the time that I was there. The elements of sun and wind remove snow from the trees quickly, so it's tough to get those beautiful photographs you see in magazines.

And last but not least, here’s one more tip about Colorado weather: if you plan on hiking here during the summer months, it’s best to do it in the morning hours; the earlier the better. Morning skies are often clear and sunny but thunderstorms tend to roll in during the afternoon hours. They don’t always produce rain but they can produce lightning and that’s what you need to be aware of.

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