|7385 W Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Salida - Buena Vista - Chaffee County - Collegiate Peaks area - Arkansas Valley - San Luis Valley
Current weather for Salida, Colorado
CLick map at left to bring up Colorado
Department of Transportation
Weather Stations. Click the icon just
west of Salida to view the web cam on
Monarch Pass. This web cam is near
11,000 and is very near Monarch Ski
Area. The climate in Salida is
Be advised: Apparently predicting weather in the mountain valleys is near impossible. In
fact even reporting current conditions seems to be a bit of a challenge. As I built this
page the weather sites I checked reported very different reading than the thermometer
outside our office (and at the bank). The most accurate sites I found are linked below.
The most accurate for the area at the time link was created.
Salida, Colorado is bordered on all sides by mountains which have a profound effect on it's
climate. Average snowfall in the Salida is 50 inches, while in the surrounding mountains our
local ski area boasts 400 inches or more. Annual rainfall in the valley is 10 to 12 inches
and residents can anticipate 330 days of sunshine with humidity in the 20 to 30 percent
range, making it comparable to places such as Tucson, Arizona. Even with the low
precipitation and numerous days of sunshine the valley appears lush due to the
surrounding high peaks' considerably higher amounts of precipitation. That, coupled with
the extensive annual snowmelt from the mountains, provide the Arkansas Valley with a
comprehensive irrigation system during the growing season. Temperatures in Salida,
Colorado and the Arkansas valley are much milder than surrounding communities such as
Alamosa and Gunnison.
The average high temperature in Salida for January is 49°F. Night time temperatures
average 19°F but can drop well below 0°F and usually do a few times each winter. July is
the hottest month with daily average high temperatures of 77°F. Rarely does one
experience temperatures over 90°F in Salida and the nights usually cool off into the 60's.