Rim Rock Drive is OPEN - Visitor Center is OPEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Daily
Please drive safely! Winter driving conditions exist on park roadways. Call 970-858-3617 Extension 402 for a current road report. Trails are covered by 5"-10" of snow in most locations.
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
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?
John Otto's efforts almost a century ago continue to help visitors experience Colorado National Monument. Of the 40 miles of trails available to hikers in the monument, many of them were first built by original park custodian John Otto. More...