Weather – Estes Park
Summer time in Estes Park is just wonderful. You can expect high temperatures to be anywhere from the mid 60’s to the low 90’s. It typically stays in the low 80’s. We have beautiful clear mornings with increasing clouds as afternoon approaches. We often get an afternoon thundershower. These produce lightning, so be aware and begin your hiking earlier in the day. This way you can be back below tree line by the time these storms roll through. These storms usually do not last long and give way to fantastic evenings and clear nights. Lows at night can range from the mid 30’s to low 50’s. They tend to hover in the mid 40’s range.
The Fall season in the Estes Valley is a very special time. The days begin to cool and we tend to have beautiful sunshine all day long. Temperatures in the daytime range from the upper 40’s to the mid 80’s. You can most likely expect days in the upper 60’s or low 70’s. Bring your sunglasses because you will need them!
Fall is often our best weather of the year. This is also when the nights start getting nice and crisp with lows in the 20’s and 30’s. Aspen trees begin to turn brilliant gold beginning in mid September. Usually, the color lasts about a month with peak color being around the first of October. This can vary depending on the weather patterns. Fall is also a great time to view wildlife. The Elk rut is in full swing!
The Estes Valley winters are a little known secret. Winter storms approach from the West, but the Continental Divide and the high mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park act as a springboard for the storms. The storms typically leap over Estes Park on their way to the plains in the East. This makes for relatively mild winters in Estes. It is not unheard of for the temperatures to reach the mid to upper 50’s in the winter months, so do not rule out a picnic! With the intense Colorado sun, do not be surprised if you work up a sweat while taking a stroll around Lake Estes.
Winter weather can appear at anytime and sometime temperatures will not make it out of the single digits. With all of the nooks and crannies in and around the Estes Valley, the local weather can be unpredictable. It can be sunny on the South side of town, while the Fall River Valley is getting a heavy snow. The Winter season is a great time to visit Estes Park. It is full of surprises and offers a special Estes environment that many people do not get to experience.
When Spring rolls around, it is time to get our shoveling arms ready. This is when we expect our biggest, heaviest and wettest snows of the year. We tend to get upslope moisture (moisture coming from the South and East), and it butts up against the Continental Divide, on our side of the National Park. These storms can sit over us for a couple of days and drop quite a bit of snow. On the other side of this, the extreme mountain weather can lend perfectly sunny days with highs in the 50’s or 60’s. A foot and a half of snow can melt away in no time at all. This is the time of the year when life renews itself and takes advantage of all of the abundant moisture. Everything begins to turn green and the elk and other animals begin giving birth. It is a very exciting time in Estes Valley!
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