Park County Climate
The climate varies across the 2,200 square miles of Park County. Fairplay is located in the northwestern part of the County, 9,957 feet above sea level. Bailey is in the northeastern part of the county, 7,700 feet about sea level. Lake George is in the southeastern part of the County, 8,000 feet above sea level.
|Area||Average Annual Precipitation||Average Annual Snowfall||Average January Temperature||Average July Temperature|
|Fairplay||13.6 inches||84 inches||9ºF min / 28ºF max||41ºF min / 69ºF max|
|Bailey||15.7 inches||80 inches||9ºF min / 40ºF max||44ºF min / 80ºF max|
|Lake George||15.1 inches||59 inches||0ºF min / 37ºF max||41ºF min / 76ºF max|
Park County weather can be delightful, with summer days in the 70s and cool, crisp nights. At other times, temperatures can fall well below zero with high winds that foster sudden white-outs. The key to enjoying all the seasons in Park County is to be prepared. Whether summer or winter, protect yourself from too much sun. At our high elevations and clear skies, the sun's rays are more direct. With over 300 sunny days a year in Park County, wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses for best protection.
The low humidity makes both high and low temperatures more comfortable, especially in the sun. But, since temperatures can fluctuate widely during the course of a day, dress in layers of clothing to stay comfortable at any time. In the summer, afternoon rains are common, so keep waterproof clothing handy. Snow is possible in every month of the year and generally, the thermometer drops about four degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level, so if you travel to some of our highest peaks, be prepared to don extra clothing.
Travel & Activities
Four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles are recommended in all seasons on Park County roads, and an emergency kit of blankets, energy snacks, water, flashlights, and a shovel are essential in the winter, which can begin in late September and last until May.
Climbing the Park County mountains can be a memorable experience, but get an early start and be sure to descend below treeline before the afternoon thunderstorms. Electrical storms can be especially dangerous at high elevations.