June - October
June to October is the best time to visit Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak is accessible (unless there’s a freak snowstorm) and the weather is fine. Summer days may see some late-afternoon thunderstorms, but the good news is that they typically clear out and leave a lovely evening in their wake. Colorado Springs weather is often temperate during this season, but there can be hot days in mid-summer, especially around the 4th of July (we’re talking upper-80s and low-90s, but it’s mostly dry heat). As soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops 20 or more degrees at this altitude. Typical temperatures are more likely in the 70s. September through October offers warm, sunny days, cool nights and changing aspen leaves, which color the hillsides gold. There’s always the possibility of an early snow at this altitude, but that doesn’t generally happen before Halloween. Keep in mind that Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are heavy visitation times, so book hotels a month or more in advance if you’re traveling during these periods.
January - March
Winter is not the best time to come to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There are no ski resorts here and the weather can be iffy: a beautiful, sunny 60 degrees one day and a blizzard the next, followed by another gorgeous day when all that snow melts away. The city doesn’t usually get a white Christmas; it’s more likely to have a white Halloween and a white Easter. There’s often a cold spell around the first of January. Snowfall averages 37 inches annually, but it seldom stays on the ground for more than a few days. Most attractions, such as Garden of the Gods, are open year-round, but a few (such as Santa’s Workshop/North Pole, which closes for the season on Christmas Day) are not available during the winter. Hotels tend to be available and prices are generally cheaper.
November - December; April - May
November through December and April through May are the shoulder seasons, but it’s not unusual to find surprisingly warm weather during these months. April and May can be lovely and spring-like, or chilly with the occasional late snow flurry. Spring blossoms often succumb to a late snowstorm, but not always. Fall colors may last well into November in a good year, and a few flowers may still be hanging in there. It can snow almost any time of the year on Pikes Peak, and has snowed every month except July in the city below. The inevitable sunshine often makes late-fall and early-spring days seem warmer than they actually are.