• View from the Canyon Rim Trail. Photo by Jeff Kochevar

    Colorado

    National Monument Colorado

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  • Visitor Center is OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily

    Alcove Nature Trail CLOSED for reconstruction until further notice.

Weather

climate chart

Click to access the National Weather Service Forecast for the Grand Junction/Fruita Area

With elevations ranging from 4,000 ft to nearly 7,000 ft, weather at Colorado National Monument is represented by semi‑desert and upland climates.

Annual precipitation averages 11.03 inches, fairly evenly spread throughout the year. Spring and early fall are the wettest times of year.

Temperatures are highly variable with summer highs ranging into the low 100s in the valley floor and in some cases can reach 110+ inside the neighboring canyon country. Winters at the monument are generally mild with lows occasionally dipping into the sub‑zero readings.

The average summer high temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and average winter low temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall averages approximately 31 inches annually.

Climate Chart (18.5 KB xls)

Did You Know?

climbers on Independence Monument

Each Independence Day, local climbers scale the iconic Independence Monument in Colorado National Monument and raise an American flag on top. This tradition dates back to early park promoter John Otto, whose route up Independence Monument climbers still follow.