Best month for a road trip in CO?

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  1. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    I'm planning a road trip in CO. What's the best month to go weather-wise?
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  2. BlueLghtning

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    The last few years I've visited CO right at the end of August, beginning of Sept (usually around labor day). It can get chilly at night, especially higher elevations, but I always found the weather very nice at this time of year.
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  3. ErichH

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    September is my favorite month. Summer crowds and thunderstorms are mostly done but snow hasn't moved in typically. It can be cold in the morning but warms up quick by mid morning.
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    September.
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    July -> Early September
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    Late August to mid-Sept. good weather at elevation and the passes are clear.
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  7. eakins

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    Right after schools back in session / later August till 3rd week in September / prime fall colors.
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    There's a reason most have mentioned September.

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    Depends on what part of Colorado your visiting. But usually when the tourists leave it gets better. :-)
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  11. KHVol

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    Mid June or Mid September..some pretty different looks at those two times.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Well if its paved mountain roads, then either Sept or possibly May, unless its snowing. witch could happen on paved mountain roads in July.
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    June, before the monsoons start.
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    It's probably more...........pick a good time for you, and deal with the elements, and or idiots. Late spring through summer and into early fall is probably best. You could hit snow anytime, but less likely in summer, thunder storms will be prevalent in summer with lightning hail etc. And the tourist will be everywhere most of the time, but less before Memorial Day and after Labor day. But weather will be trickier to predict. Expect hot in the Valleys and cold on top of the passes, all in the same several hours. You will dehydrate, a lot. Road maintenance must take place, and the only time some of it can take place is in the summer. so expect that. It's a very harsh environment (and fragile) with too much use (traffic) so roads get in pretty bad shape quickly without a lot of time to repair them.
    Just expect it. Cell coverage can be spotty to non- existent, expect that too. Don't know where you are coming from, but the weather is extremely changeable. You can be cooking in the heat, and 5 minutes later hypothermia. Plan for it.
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  16. KHVol

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    Mid-June the snowmelt is still causing the streams to run high and things are very green. Great sights. Mid-September you will see the unbelievable mountain colors. More great sights. After Sept 15 or so, you may see a little bit of snow. Temperatures are similar at those times except the Sept trip can see some fairly cold mornings up high.
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    This. The school deal really opens up places to stay without reservations which makes traveling much much more fun. Usually cheaper also. We never make reservations and like to end up where we end up.
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    Yes, or after it ends in later August.
    Camping and some hiking is better on the second 1/2 because there is still plenty of snow lingering in June.

    I get asked all the time THE very best 2 weeks of the year to visit Colorado... September 1-14 imo.
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    All,
    Thanks for the inputs. Keep 'em coming.


    @eakins : I would guess there's still some holiday traffic around Labor day. Thoughts? I Like @MartiniUp input: " The school deal really opens up places to stay without reservations which makes traveling much much more fun. Usually cheaper also.We never make reservations and like to end up where we end up"
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  20. KHVol

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    Very little change in leaf color before the 12th of September or so, plenty of color above 8,000 ft or so starting the third week in September. Again, also greater likelihood of some snow.
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