Colorado averages 296 sunny days a year. There isn’t much precipitation in the lower elevations, but huge amounts of snow in the mountains. Most visitors booking Colorado flights take advantage of the winter months when snow falls heavy in the mountains.Winter starts in late November. In Denver and Colorado Springs, summer days are hot and dry and the evenings mild. Summer comes to the mountains in June, and the warm weather lasts until mid-September. Winter hits around mid-November, though snowstorms can start in the mountains in September.The climate from one area to another can be dramatically different due to the difference in elevation and the orientation of mountain ranges and valleys.
When to fly to Colorado
Summer, Memorial Day to Labour Day, is the peak season with lots of crowds and high rates. The ski resorts peak again in winter, and they are as crowded in July as they are in February. Book Colorado flights and accommodations early if you plan to travel during the peak season. Most of the resorts book up fast and budget and economy travel is hard to find.
The closest you will come to off season are the fall and spring seasons. Cheap flights to Colorado can usually be purchased during these times, right after and before the winter ski rush.
The best time to visit is mid-September through October as the weather usually stays warm.
Getting around Colorado
Denver is a transportation hub for Colorado, both for entering and leaving the state and for finding transportation to other Colorado destinations. You can rely on public transportation during your stay in Denver. Taxis and shuttles are also available in other large cities and towns. To help you get around the state, there are commuter airlines and shuttle buses from the Denver airport. You can pick up other Colorado flights at the Denver airport, or one of the smaller airports around the state. Amtrak has a couple of routes through the state, and some say the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the southwest isn’t to be missed.
A world-renowned destination for cyclists, interstate highway shoulders are open to cyclists (except in urban areas). The mountain roads are more demanding, and one of the most popular and challenging routes is the Million Dollar Highway.