About the Area

Monument plantSeasonal Information

Spring: The mountains are still covered with a deep blanket of snow, while the south facing slopes of the foothills often begin to dry out in early May. Temperatures vary widely with the lows usually below freezing.

Summer: The high elevations may hold large snow fields on north facing slopes well into July. July is also when the alpine wildflowers begin to bloom, generally peaking during the second half of the month. Temperatures may often reach well into the 80s in the lower elevations, but often peak out in the mid-70s above tree line. Monsoonal flows will often develop in July and bring afternoon thunderstorms to the mountains until late August.

Autumn: The first aspen begin to turn gold in early September, but generally the colors don’t peak until late in the last week of September.  Every year is different and in some years, the fall can be  mild with temperatures reaching the 70s during the day until late September. The weather changes quickly, and once the first heavy snow falls on the mountains (usually early October), the temperatures can bottom out in the single digits at night.

Winter:   The White River National Forest is home to 12 ski resorts, which attract skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Temperatures can be quite cold in the evening, generally dropping to single-digit temperatures every clear night from late November to mid-February. In the mountains, day time temperatures will often hit the 20s, but feel much warmer than that on sunny days.