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Best time to visit Estes Park, CO, USA

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The best time to visit Estes Park is March

While Estes Park is a popular destination to visit all year round, March is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

The warmest month of the year in Estes Park is July, where the average temperature gets to around 22℃ (72℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 24℃ (76℉) on the hottest days in summer. The average low temperatures in winter float around -11℃ (13℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about -16℃ (4℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Estes Park are usually in August, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Estes Park in May. Head over there in December instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to visit Estes Park, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

August

Estes Park seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Estes Park as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Estes Park is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Estes Park

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Estes Park for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Estes Park climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Estes Park for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Estes Park in January

  • Average temperature: -6℃ (20℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (13℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 15 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in February

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average high temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (13℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in March

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in April

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: -5℃ (24℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 77mm (3") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in May

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 102mm (4") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in June

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 50%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Estes Park in July

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 17 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Estes Park in August

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 53%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in August, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Estes Park in September

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 51%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Estes Park in October

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 58%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in November

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Estes Park in December

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average high temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (13℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Estes Park in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Estes Park is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 22℃ (72℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Estes Park is generally around December. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in December first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Estes Park is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Estes Park, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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