Originally Posted by Makaira
so I guess the Tetons and Jackson are swamps?
Just keep an eye on the snow line of the mountains. The lower the snow line on the Tetons of Wyoming or Front Range of Colorado... expect more than average dampness and afternoon showers.
I have been stuck on Pikes Peak on July 4th with 6 inches of snow, waiting for the snow to be plowed off the top of the asphalt road. In Colorado Springs, beautiful day.
I have been north of DuBois, Wyoming down to 18 degrees F in July. That day back into the mid 70's and nothing unusual after that freeze.
Thalweg is the Wyoming barometer and rain guide. He will see it AFTER the Tetons and Yellowstone have been delivered their weather.
I have always considered High Country Travel... over 6000 feet, to be warm/hot days and cool humid nights to be normal expectations. Getting out too early in the mornings to hike will wet your hiking boots and socks. The dew and water drawn out of the ground by cool temperatures is the norm.
Today at Castle Rock... it has not rained since... sunrise. Humid. Damp grass on our morning dog hike. Clouds forming for the typical afternoon shower and then clear sky evenings. The higher peaks to the West of Denver are full of snow this year. The snow line is down the mountain, with clouds forming over them every day and then move east over the prairie. The previous two years were wet for us. This Spring was a Winter-Spring-Fall since February. I am not going into the mountains of Colorado until July, maybe August if I even see the Monsoon developing for another round of downpours.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area plans to stay open until July... maybe longer on weekends if there is snow worth skiing.
I have tried fishing the South Platte west of Sedalia, CO when it was running high in June... forget it. So watch even the River Flows that can be found somewhere on the internet. I cannot imagine the North Platte of Wyoming and how high it must be running.
I have seen downpours for Sturgis in August. The "real bikers" camped in tents and canvas tied with ropes get a real test of courage. Finding a place to camp a trailer has to be a challenge itself, as I show up, park, look around downtown and leave Sturgis. Not staying overnight. The Sturgis Police Department will knock on your door if you are parked in town overnight...
The next time my wife speaks with her sister south of Jackson, I will have her ask if it is drying out. She has said the Mosquitos are thick and bloodthirsty. Even where I live there are small "M" leaving smaller itchy welts.
I know if you have plans for June, July or August... GO. Just be prepared for damp humid mornings. Fishing could be spoiled by the heavy snow melt that could continue until the snow falls on top of last year's snow fall. Which would be unusual, even for Colorado.
Call me a "Fair Weather Camper" but I also do not plan to camp out at Death Valley in 125 degree sunny weather, either. Just some years deliver great conditions for Ranches and Reservoirs... but for tent campers... miserable living conditions. An Airstream... come on. You will be the envy of everyone hanging their sleeping bags onto tree branches to dry...