• Montezuma Peak

    Coronado

    National Memorial Arizona

Weather

Elevation sign at Montezuma Pass (6575 ft.) in deep snow.

Occasional snowfalls blanket the canyon.

(NPS photo by David Bly)

Two climatic features, mild annual temperatures and abundant summer precipitation, predominate in Coronado National Memorial and the surrounding area. Maximum average temperatures occur in July (80 degrees F); minimum average monthly temperatures occur in January (46 degrees F). Arizona has two rainy seasons. The summer rainy season occurs in July and August, and the winter rainy season from December to March. During the summer, monsoonal airflow transports moisture from the southern Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California, while during the winter, cyclonic storms originate in the northern Pacific Ocean. The characteristics of summer and winter storms are fundamentally different. Summer precipitation occurs in scattered and localized storms of shorter duration while winter precipitation is characterized by widespread storms of longer duration. At Coronado National Memorial, approximately twice as much precipitation falls in the summer compared to the winter.

Did You Know?

Oil painting of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado was born in 1510 in Salamanca Spain. He was only 30 years old when he began his expedition into what is now the American Southwest. His expedition was considered a failure and he died in obscurity in 1554.