The Rocky Mountains are known for their cool summers and cold winters and at an elevation of 7,500 feet the weather can change rapidly. Days are often pleasantly around 70's to 80's dipping into the 50's quickly at night. Afternoon showers are common but normally short lived. We live by the phrase, "If you don't like the weather just wait five minutes" and "Plan for the worst but hope for the best."



Weather can vary greatly with snow pack remaining at higher altitude. Late spring the rivers start to swell and wildflowers start to bloom. Spring has the smallest crowds and can be an amazing time to visit especially for river activities.

The weather becomes milder while snow pack recedes and rivers calm. Shorts and T-shirts by day, sweaters by night with monsoon storms during late afternoon. Perfect time of the year for all outdoor activities and escaping the heat of lower elevations.

Cooler temperatures and shorter days lead up to spectacular fall colors and an amazing energy throughout the Rocky Mountains. Smaller crowds leave you to experience the wilderness the way it was meant to be. Weather can be unpredictable but snow usually doesn't start to fall until the first part of November.

Hunting season comes to an end as most higher elevations have base layers of snow. Chair Mountain Ranch closes for nightly rentals and moves to monthly rentals. Average snowfall is around 300 inches and with short days the temperature can drop to 20 below.