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May in Colorado???

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May in Colorado???

Hello helpful souls! Heading to Denver May 1st. Staying in Estes 2 nights and then 3 more taking my time driving west with a girlfriend.

We keep hearing "mud season" should we be worried about the roads and especially the "gulp" mountain Passes?

Doing this trip without our husbands and are a bit nervous.

Can we still expect to see wildlife and perhaps some greenery or is this a terrible time to take this adventure? We are 35 and 32 so young but not crazy about drop off roads.

Cheers from Vermont!

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1. Re: May in Colorado???

Early May can be quite variable in terms of weather. Estes Park may still get some snow, or may be muddy (in the grassy areas). Rocky Mountain National Park will almost surely still have snow on the ground and/or muddy trails at the lower elevations.

However, the muddy description doesn't apply to most roads or most mountain passes, since most are paved. Be aware that it is extremely unlikely that Trail Ridge Road will be open that time of year (still snowed in).

You didn't say what roads you were thinking of taking "west", but if you choose a US Highway or Interstate, you are unlikely to encounter "drop off roads" as you pass through the mountains.

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