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I'm heading to Colorado late May or early June from PA. Then to southern Utah, northern AZ and back up to Denver. What kind of weather can I expect in Colorado? Thanks.
 

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ElBando said:
...What kind of weather can I expect in Colorado?
Here's a site that I use frequently to find weather averages for many cities around the nation - http://www.weather.com/

In the box "Local Weather" type in the name of the city then click "go" -

Verify the city (if more than one appears, select the correct one) then click on "Averages and Records" -

Now you should see a page with a couple graphs displayed...this should give you the weather info on temps and rainfall for an entire year.

Hope that helps...
 

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Be prepared. May and June can be pretty volatile. Usually some of our best weather, but it has snowed, especially at elevation, and it may be way hot, 90-100. Or both within the same week. Probably it will be 70-80 along the front range and 70+ in the mountains and on the West slope. And it may cloud up and rain a bit every afternoon, or it may not. Should be sunny most all the time (over 300 days of sun a year). I guarantee it will be fun and the scenery will be spectacular. Just can’t guarantee the weather.
 

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I must second what Rickster has indicated. It can be anything, but just remember, if a cold front comes through in late May or early June and drops some snow at the higher elevations -- it won't last long, so just take it in stride and let it pass. This is actually one of my favorite times of the year as the mountains still have lots of snow on the peaks, things have greened up, and it is just beautiful.

If you are going to ride Rocky Mountain National Park/Trail Ridge Road and/or Independence Pass and/or Mt. Evans you will need to check conditions on their web sites in mid-May and right before you travel. They try to have them open for Memorial Day weekend or just before, but it all depends upon how much snow during the year (and there has been plenty this year) and how much late Spring snow.

If you need any ride suggestions check out the rides in the link my signature block and also the rides posted for Rockies-Gold.
 

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Sun. Rain. Snow. Hail. Cloudy. Fog. Sleet. Showers. Hot. Cold. Cool.

Did I miss anything? Of course thats what you can expect. Not necessarily what you will get.
 

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IR Harry said:
Sun. Rain. Snow. Hail. Cloudy. Fog. Sleet. Showers. Hot. Cold. Cool.

Did I miss anything? Of course thats what you can expect. Not necessarily what you will get.
Wind. You forgot wind. And yes, it blows rather briskly 'round these parts now and then. But the rest I think you did just fine on.

For example, one 4th of July on Trail Ridge Road - we got rained and snowed on, and had to take refuge from lightening. And it were windy too. But once below 10,000' or so, things were quite nice.
 

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I changed my vacation plans to ride south after checking into Colorado, Wyoming weather in May/June. Have to do that another time. Weather is too risky for me.
 

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Early September is probably the most stable weatherwise.

As mentioned, prepare for temps from the 10's (if you will be riding the mountains at night) to the 90's, precipitation from nothing to 1"/hour rain and snow, and wind from any and all directions. Awesome riding weather!
 

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I changed my vacation plans to ride south after checking into Colorado, Wyoming weather in May/June. Have to do that another time. Weather is too risky for me.
Banana boy, the weather may be a bit of a question mark that time of year, but not that different from most other months here.

One of the joys is that the weather is changeable rapidly.

I did an iron butt to Billings and back through Wyoming early last June, and it was perfect (excet for that couple of hours of rain around Buffalo :lol: ) As Dave said even if a storm moves through, it comes and goes quickly and adds to the experience.
 

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The picture below this is on wolf creek pass in colorado on memorial day weekend. We did ride all over colorado that week and we were lucky and didn't get any snow on the road. Tim
 

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This is 2 years earlier, same pass memorial day weekend Tim
 

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My sweetie and I were there a couple of years ago around the middle of September. A beautiful time in Colorado.

The weather can go from this...


to this...


to this. In a matter of a few miles.


If you have never seen Colorado when the Aspen are in full color...you are missing something.
 

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Rickster said:
I did an iron butt to Billings and back through Wyoming early last June, and it was perfect
Did my first IB from Denver to Billings and back January 25, 2002. High temps in the mid 40's. 80 mph gusts blew 5 tractor-trailer rigs on their sides. Two more trailers went over. All part of the fun!
 

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banana boy said:
I changed my vacation plans to ride south after checking into Colorado, Wyoming weather in May/June. Have to do that another time. Weather is too risky for me.
You will be missing some great scenery -- you just have to have a couple of days to be flexible just in case, but it is a great time of the year.
 

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Thanks for all the info, a couple of good ideas and links, can't wait for June.
 

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if you need a cheap (ie free) place to camp, we have an acre up in gilpin county (9500 ft) that you can use. no on-site water or electric, but a nice little hut and lots of firewood. Easy ride down to the casinos or up to the weirdest little town in colorado: Ward.

Good place for a base camp.... it's a little rugged, but quiet and isolated. And can't beat the price!
 

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Easy ride down to the casinos or up to the weirdest little town in colorado: Ward.
I guess, been weird since the 60's (actually still stuck in the 60's) When I need a quick motorcycle fix I take Left Hand Canyon from Colorado 34 to Ward, connect north on Colorado 72 (Peak to Peak Highway) to Colorado 7 (South St. Vrain Canyon) and down to Lyons and on home. A quick 90 minute ride with two canyons and spectacular scenery. A privilege to live and ride in Colorado
 
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