Best time to backpack?

I want to go backpacking in Colorado, when should I plan my trip for?
  • Snow in the mountains (>10,000) exists into June and even July most years.
  • The higher mountains generally are between 9 – 14,000+’.
  • The best months for backpacking are July, August, and September.
  • In 2011, we could not backpack over the continental divide in Rocky Mountain National Park until late July due to snow.
  • In 2012, we are on schedule to be able to cross the high passes in early June.
  • Colorado is a high desert and there are 7 mountain chains within the State.
  • My favorite month to backpack is September as the weather in most stable, the bugs and crowds gone, and wildlife is most active.
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