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The Pagosa Magazine & Real Estate Guide | 2014-2015 Winter/Spring Edition

Pagosa Country Weather

The Climate and Seasons

Pagosa Springs is located in the “Colorado Sunbelt” just 35 miles north of the New mountain views: the wolf creek pass overlook| photo by katie vining
Mexico border, nestled at 7,000 feet on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide. This
combination of high desert plateau and dramatic Rocky Mountains to the north and east Aver age Mean Temper atures
creates an unusually mild climate, compared with much of the surrounding Southwest.
We are favored with some 300 days of sun each year, as well as four distinct, dramatic Days with precipitation of .1” or more
seasons:

Winter Summer
Powdery snow, clear sunny days and crisp Warm sunny days and pleasantly cool
cold nights are a trademark of winters evenings make Pagosa Springs a
in Pagosa Springs. Our local ski resort, real treat. Afternoon thundershowers
Wolf Creek Ski Area, regularly receives are a regular feature during summer,
over 450 inches of natural snowfall, more usually lasting less than half an hour.
snow than any other resort in the state. Temperatures during July typically range
In downtown Pagosa, however, average from highs in the low 80s to nighttime
snowfall is only 62 inches. Downtown temperatures in the high 50s. The growing
streets are nearly always free of snow season gets off to a late start in Pagosa
due to the warm daytime
temperatures, which but lasts into the Fall,
average in the high 40s. with an average season
Nighttime temperatures of 90-95 days.
can drop dramatically, but
rarely go below the 20s. Fall
Indian summers are a
Spring normal event in Pagosa,
with summer-like daytime
The hills are alive with the temperatures lasting well
first growth of the season, into October, accompa-
and the local rivers are nied by cool evenings. In
rushing and full, much to the mountains, the great
the delight of river rafters and kayakers. groves of aspen and birch transform into
Days are warm and clear, the nights cool. their dramatic fall colors of vibrant yellows
The mountains are still snow-covered, and oranges. The cottonwoods along the
with spring skiing typically available until river downtown are not to be missed!
mid-April.

Temperature and precipitation calculated from historical data, 1980-2010.

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