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Where to see snow in the Colorado mountains in summer

It’s easy to see snow in the Colorado mountains even in May, June, July, August, and September.  While there are no true glaciers in Colorado, there are plenty of snowfields that exist even in drought years.

Many snowfields and icefields can be viewed year round from Front Range communities.  Arapahoe Glacier is visible from the city of Boulder to the plains of east Boulder County.  Snowfields are also visible year-round on Long’s Peak from Broomfield to Fort Collins.

Snowfields are also visible year-round on most 14,000 ft peaks located within Colorado.  As there are 54 peaks scattered throughout the various mountain ranges located with Colorado, they are pretty easy to spot.  Find them all at http://www.14ers.com/

Driving to the summer snowline is possible year-round too.  One can access snowfields on Pike’s Peak, Independence Pass, Mount Evans Road, and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.  It’s easy to have a snowball fight in Colorado in July or August.

Snowfields and icefields can be dangerous.  While it may be tempting to go sledding on them – don’t.  Every summer people are injured or killed when they slide or fall into the rocks at the bottom of the snowfield.

So don’t fret if you are coming to visit our beautiful state.  Snow can be found in Colorado year-round.   In fact, it can snow year-round up in the mountains.  Fresh snow-capped peaks at the end of July are not uncommon.  Bring a jacket or buy one when you get here.  You’ll need it at night in the mountains.  Just staying in Denver? No jacket required.

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