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The climate of Arches National Park: when to go

The area of the Arches National Park is part of the Colorado Plateau, it is an area with a high altitude desert climate, with large changes in temperature between day and night and between the various seasons of the year.

On average, the plateau where the Arches National Park is located at an altitude of about 1,500 meters. The highest point is the so-called Elephant Butte which is located at 1,723 meters, while the lowest point is where the Visitor Center of the park is located which lies at 1,245 meters.

The average annual minimum temperatures of the park remain below zero in the months from November to February. On the other hand, the average maximum temperatures are abundantly above 30 ° C from June to September, with peaks of 38 ° C in July.

The rains are scarce, the annual average rainfall is 220 mm, the relatively rainiest months are those of late summer / early autumn between July and October. There are only 58 rainy days in a year. Snowfall is possible during the winter. Snow is however rare, on average there are only 4.3 days of snow per year.

WHEN TO GO TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK?

From the point of view of the climate, the best months for a visit to the Arches National Park are the spring months of April and May and the autumn months from mid-September to the end of October, when the average maximum temperatures are mild, between 20 ° C and 27 ° C, and the average minimum temperatures vary between 5 ° C and 12 ° C.

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THE CLIMATE OF ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: CLIMATE TABLES

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK (1245 meters)
MonthAverage low (°C)Average high (°C)Precip. (mm)Precip. days (snowy days)
January-6714,7 4,0 (1,3)
February-21112,7 4,4 (0,8)
March21819,8 6,1 (0,4)
April62218,8 5,3
May112817,3 4,6
June163411,2 3,1
July193821,1 5,2
August193624,4 6,6
September133121,3 5,2
October 62331,5 5,5
November-11315,2 4,5 (0,4)
December-5714,0 3,9 (1,4)
YEAR7,121,9222,0 58,4 (4,3)

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