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Preparing for Your Trip

If you have never visited the Rocky Mountains, you probably are wondering, "What is the weather like in the region?"

In a word, the weather is changeable. Temperatures in the Rockies are at best extreme, but you can expect temperatures to usually average in the high 60s to low 70s degrees F (20 to 22 degrees C) between early June and September.

Do you want to know what to pack for your holiday? Tell us the time of year you are planning to go and we'll give you a packing list!

Spring

Moderate temperatures in the lower elevations. Ski areas open through March.

  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Camera
  • Down or fleece vest
  • Hiking boots
  • Jeans
  • Light Jacket
  • Light shoes / Athletic shoes
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Necessary personals
  • Rain Gear
  • Shorts
  • Snow boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuit
  • T-shirts

Summer

Days:  Sunny and hot, with temperatures reaching 80s and low 90s F  (27 to 32 degrees C).
Nights:  25-30 degrees F (-1 to 4 degrees C).

Higher elevations, and in places like Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, be prepared for a sudden snow or rain shower even in mid-summer. The higher the elevation, the colder it gets.

  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking boots
  • Jeans
  • Light Jacket
  • Light shoes / Athletic shoes
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Necessary personals
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • T-shirts
  • Walking shorts

Fall

Crisp daytime temperatures. Frosty nights. Some ski resorts open in November.

  • Binoculars
  • Bug repellent
  • Camera
  • Cap / Hat or visor
  • Compass
  • Down or fleece vest
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking boots
  • Jeans
  • Light Jacket
  • Light shoes / Athletic shoes
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Necessary personals
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermal shirt
  • Walking shorts

Winter

Temperatures can average below freezing.

  • Athletic shoes
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Down or fleece vest
  • First aid kit
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy coat
  • Hiking boots
  • Jeans
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Necessary personals
  • Snow boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweaters
  • Thermal shirts and pants
  • Warm hat
  • Warm socks

Skiing Necesities:
Rental ski equipment is available.

  • Gators
  • Ski bibs or ski suit
  • Ski equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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