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Average Temperatures and Precipitation
The table below is based on average temperatures and precipitation at Pine Springs area at an elevation of nearly 5,700 feet above sea level. At the higher mountain elevations temperatures average 5–10 degrees cooler during the day and 0-5 degrees cooler at night. The mountains also receive more precipitation and higher winds. The lower desert of the Salt Basin Dunes and Williams Ranch average 5–10 degrees warmer during the day and is 0-5 degrees warmer at night (except winter when its 0-7 degrees cooler) and receives less precipitation.
Conditions Through the Year
Sunshine is abundant most of the year. Spring and Fall are typically warm and pleasant and are the parks busiest seasons.
Fall quickly melds into winter which is pleasantly mild and usually sunny, although periods of cloudy weather and freezing cold do occur. Snow and ice are common at high elevations throughout the season. Winter visitors must prepare for a variety of conditions.
Elevation is Everything
Most weather forecasts highlight the temperature at Park Headquarters which lies at nearly 5,700 feet. Temperatures in lower elevations such as the Williams Ranch Road and the Salt Basin Dunes will be approximately 10 degrees hotter. Temps in the higher elevations average approximately 10 degrees cooler. Be prepared for this kind of variation during your trip.
Dress for the Weather
No matter the time of year, a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots are necessary for anyone planning to explore outdoors. Sunscreen is a must and hikers should always carry plenty of water; one gallon per person per day is recommended. Summer visitors should be aware of heat safety, such as wearing clothing that protects from the sun and avoiding activity during midday. Winter visitors should be prepared for any weather; temperatures vary from below freezing to above 80 degrees Fahrenheit .
Last updated: January 9, 2023