Glacier Basin Weather Conditions and Forecast

Glacier Basin Campground, nestled in the breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, offers a unique and unforgettable outdoor experience. Its location at an elevation of 8,500 feet means that weather conditions can be quite variable, with cool temperatures and frequent changes in weather patterns. To ensure a comfortable and safe visit, it’s important to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions, from sunny days to sudden thunderstorms and chilly nights.

Click here to see our full Rocky Mountain National Park Guide on weather conditions.

Glacier Basin Weather Conditions and Forecast

The best source of weather information for Glacier Basin Campground is the National Weather Service. Scroll down to view their full page on the Glacier Basin weather forecast, including the current conditions and a detailed forecast for the next five days. While there are other weather models available, in my experience, the National Weather Service model tends to be the most accurate.

Glacier Basin Weather FAQs

The average temperature at Glacier Basin Campground ranges from highs around 65°F in the summer months to lows around 15°F in the winter months. Keep in mind that these temperatures can fluctuate, and it’s essential to check the latest forecast before your trip.

Winter snowfall at Glacier Basin Campground can be significant, with accumulations often exceeding several feet. Snow typically begins in October and continues through April, with the heaviest snowfall usually occurring in December and January.

The best time to visit Glacier Basin Campground for warmer weather and minimal snow is from late June through early September. During this period, daytime temperatures are generally mild, and the risk of snow is low.

Glacier Basin Campground is not open year-round. It typically opens in late May and closes in late September, depending on weather conditions. Be sure to check the campground’s operating schedule before planning your visit.

During the peak summer months, Glacier Basin Campground experiences mild to warm daytime temperatures, with highs usually in the 60s. However, nighttime temperatures can drop significantly, often falling into the 40s. Be prepared for cooler evenings and the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are common in the area, especially during the summer months. To stay safe during thunderstorms, avoid open spaces, seek shelter, and stay away from tall trees and bodies of water.

Glacier Basin Weather Additional Resources

Glacier Basin weather

To help you plan for and stay updated on the weather conditions at Glacier Basin Campground, here are some valuable resources:

  • National Weather Service:
  • AccuWeather:
  • Weather Underground:
  • WeatherBug:
  • The Weather Channel App:
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Weather Page:
  • National Park Service Alerts & Conditions:
  • Local news outlets for weather updates
  • Check with campground staff for updates and recommendations

These resources provide accurate and up-to-date weather information, helping you stay prepared and safe during your visit to Glacier Basin Campground. Be sure to check forecasts regularly and adjust your plans as needed.

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