Estes Park Weather

Estes Park WeatherWinter Weather

Contrary to popular belief, winters in Estes Park are relatively pleasant for a mountain community. Consider snowfall. Over the course of a typical winter, Estes Park receives 34” of snow. Des Moines, IA receives 35” of snow and Aspen, Colorado receives 138 inches of snow. In the Estes Park area, snowfall is very much dependent on elevation. While there may be no snow on the ground in Estes Park in January, there may be 10’ of snow in some of the higher elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park. The average high temperature in December is 40 degrees. The average high in January is 39 degrees. See the Estes Park Climate Graph on this page.

Estes Park Summer Weather

Average high temperatures during July in Estes Park are in the high 70’s with very low humidity. The average low temperature in July is 47 degrees. Summer weather here is very pleasant. On the Climate Graph, note the precipitation spike in July and August. This comes in the form of mid to late afternoon rain showers that are prevalent in the Colorado Rockies. They typically last a few hours. If you plan to be hiking or involved in an outdoor activity in the middle to late afternoon, be sure to have rain gear.

Estes Park Sunshine

Estes Park locals are proud of the many sunny days we have here annually – 238 to be exact. By contrast, Chicago has 189 sunny days and Omaha has 214 sunny days. Because Estes Park is at 7,522 ft. elevation and Rocky Mountain National Park is as high as 14,259 ft., the sun here is intense. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing are definitely required for any type of outdoor activity, even during winter months.

Lightning Danger

Did you know that lightning injures or kills people every year in Rocky Mountain National Park? Being at elevation such as on a mountain above tree line or while walking the alpine tundra on Trail Ridge Road, visitors are closer to the actual storms with little or no protection. It’s critically important to take cover when storms approach. Rocky Mountain National Park offers excellent lightning safety information including what to do if you’re caught in an open area during a lightning storm.

Estes Park Weather Forecasts

Forecasting the weather in Estes Park and the Colorado Rockies, in general, is tricky. Meteorologists have to take into account not just geographic location, but elevation as well. The Denver forecasters refer to places such as Estes Park as “high country.”

One of the best sources for detailed Estes Park weather forecasts is NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecasts for this area are prepared out of Boulder. They offer detailed forecasts for Estes Park and even Longs Peak.

One of the best sources for detailed Estes Park weather forecasts is NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecasts for this area are prepared out of Boulder. They offer detailed forecasts for Estes Park and even Longs Peak.

NOAA Estes Park Forecast.

NOAA Longs Peak Forecast.