Colorado in the winter can get bitterly cold with heavy snow storms and freezing temperatures, however, on the flip side, blue skies and mild conditions are commonplace with January, February and March always popular months for ski resorts, such as Aspen.
April and May find temperatures creeping up with south eastern areas, around La Junta, getting the best of the warm weather as snow melts and rivers start to flow with more force.
Denver tends to have its wettest month in May so be prepared to dive into one of the cityís museums to dodge afternoon thunderstorms.
Memorial Day, on the last Monday in May, is one of several public vacations worth bearing in mind if youíre looking for the best time to visit Colorado; with Independence Day on July 4th, Labor Day on the first Monday in September, and Thanksgiving in late November, all swelling accommodation as families head for Rocky Mountain vacation hot spots.
Although there still might be snow on Rocky Mountain peaks in June and July, the rest of Colorado is heating up with wildlife watching, white water rafting and mountain biking all coming to the fore.
July and August are notorious for afternoon thunder storms but quickly over and done with to make way for searing dry heat, especially further south on the high plains and prairies.
The summer is the best time of year to experience Coloradoís alpine pastures covered in wild flowers and the higher you walk the fresher the temperatures and more rewarding the views.
September and October is all about the harvest; foodies visiting Colorado in autumn will be blessed with innumerate farmersí markets and outdoor festivals as well as that all important Ďfallí foliage.
Autumn is also one of the best times to go to Colorado for hikers as youíll find mild days, plenty of sunshine and not much in the way of rain however, as November and December take hold itís time to swap hiking boots for snowshoes as Thanksgiving and Christmas mark the start of the winter.