Weather and Climate

Double rainbow arcs through a canyon with monoliths in the background.
A summer monsoon shower brings a double rainbow.

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Weather

The National Weather Service provides current weather forecasts for the Grand Junction/Fruita Area.

Climate

With elevations ranging from 4,000 ft to nearly 7,000 feet, 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. Snowfall averages approximately 31 inches annually.

Temperatures are highly variable, with summer highs ranging into the low 100s in the valley floor and sometimes reaching 110+ in the neighboring canyon country. The average summer high temperature is 90º Fahrenheit, and average winter low temperature is 20º Fahrenheit. Winters at the monument are generally mild, with lows occasionally dipping into sub-zero readings.

For more information on climate at Colorado National Monument, visit the Northern Colorado Plateau Network website.

 
Average Monthly Temperatures and Precipitation, Colorado National Monument, 1967–2017
Month Average High
Temperatures
Average Low
Temperatures
Average
Precipitation
F C F C IN CM
January 37.5 3.1 19.2 -7.1 0.8 2.0
February 44.3 6.8 24.6 -4.1 0.6 1.6
March 54.7 12.6 31.8 -0.1 1.0 2.5
April 63.8 17.6 38.3 3.5 1.0 2.5
May 73.9 23.3 47.3 8.5 1.1 2.8
June 86.4 30.2 57.5 14.2 0.7 1.8
July 92.2 33.4 63.4 17.4 0.9 2.2
August 89.1 31.7 60.5 15.9 1.2 3.0
September 80.1 26.7 52.4 11.3 1.1 2.7
October 65.9 18.8 40.9 4.9 1.2 3.2
November 49.4 9.6 29.8 -1.2 0.9 2.3
December 38.5 3.6 20.6 -6.3 0.8 2.0
TOTALS 11.3 28.6
Averages from NOAA weather records 1967-2017
*Recorded at 5787 feet/1764 meters
 

Last updated: April 10, 2020

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Fruita, CO 81521

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