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Old 08-04-2016, 07:30 AM   #1
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Colorado in the Summer time?

What elevation do I need to be at in the summer to be cool in Colorado????
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Well that will depend a lot on the weather. Last week I was at about 9400 elevation and it was 84deg. It was very nice but the sun was brutal and it felt quite warm in fact I was baking when the breeze wasn't blowing. On the water in my float tube fishing it was perfect. However clouds can take it down 10 degrees fairly quickly. If the sun is bright and shining the less dense atmosphere seems to make the sun feel warmer than it does in lower elevations and certainly the uv rays are harsher. Rule of thumb is 5 deg drop for every 1000 feet elevation gain. Many times I have been at 9000-10000 elevation and the sun is out and mid to upper 70s shirt sleeves and shorts then the clouds roll in in the afternoon and now it is mid sixties and the long sleeve shirt might come out maybe even long pants and by 5pm you are wearing a sweatshirt/light jacket. However to answer your question for me personally I look for 8500 feet and up which is not hard at all to find here in the mountains. Once you get past the foothills here you would be hard pressed to find much lower.
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One example would be Creede Co. Elevation around 8,800 ft. July and August 10 year high/low average = 76/52
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We always felt good at 8,000' + but 7,000' is o.k. although warmer but not hot, especially at night.
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What elevation do I need to be at in the summer to be cool in Colorado????
Think you need to be a lot more definitive in the Question if you want a good answer.

Leadville will be in the mid 70's and then pull a blanket up at night 40's

At 4 miles down the road Buena vista is 80's and 50's.

You have wheels just go where you will enjoy yourself and move up or down from there.

We tend to like 8,000 feet as a good measure and then hike up where it is just a little cooler.

BUT IMHO I have never not enjoyed a Day in Colorado.

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above 8000 is a good temp during the day. Great place to be this time of the year
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8000' is a good rule of thumb for us. We are in South Fork right now (below Creede) and its 66 today with periods of rain. Forecast running 67-76 for as far as I can see.


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What campgrounds are recommended for several months in these 8000 foot elevation areas? We are wanting to escape the hot South Alabama summer.

We prefer adult oriented campgrounds if possible. We want to escape other peoples kids that some campgrounds cater to.
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What campgrounds are recommended for several months in these 8000 foot elevation areas? We are wanting to escape the hot South Alabama summer.

We prefer adult oriented campgrounds if possible. We want to escape other peoples kids that some campgrounds cater to.
Buena Vista is a nice area as a base to explore.
Mt. Princeton is probably the best facilities wise. They have a section for long term and older. Then there is a section for short term and younger.

They have a short season there - Mid May - Mid Sept.
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You won't find many adult parks in the western states like you do in Florida.

One 55+ I can think of is Venture In in Show Low, AZ. It's only around 6500' EL but if you come in August and September it's ideal. We haven't stayed there but we've driven by quite often and it seem like a nice well-kept park with activities. Like many RV parks it has Park Model in it but there's a large area for traveling RVers.

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Sportsman's Campground and Mountain Cabins northwest of Pagosa Springs is at 8,100 feet elevation. Pagosa Springs cabins and camping at Sportsman's Campground
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For us it does not have to be a full blown 55+ campground. We just don't want one that intentionally caters to kids with playgrounds, activities, etc. for the kids.

Edit: I checked the weather for the summer months and it really gets cold up there at nights.
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Quick caution - we stayed at Black Hawk for a couple of days in June. Temperature was nice but I was not comfortalbe at that altitude (9,000 I think). Now maybe if I stayed longer my body would have adjusted but altitude sickness is very uncomfortable and can be dangerous for some people. But I liked Colorado. jmo mark
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In the mountains and in the desert you will have big fluctuations in temperatures daily so, yes, the nights will be cool or cold, depending how you look at it. The biggest we've experienced was at Stanley, Idaho where it can be 90 degrees during the day and drops down to 40 degrees at night but by 8-9 am it's very comfortable. There, a 50-degree change is common.
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