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Monarch Mountain ski area is located in south central Colorado, approximately 135 miles southwest of Denver and 115 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. This family-oriented ski area has been in business since 1939 and is called "one of Colorado's best kept secrets." It is open year round and offers a wide range of services, including a ski and snowboarding school with group and private lessons, a children's center and a lodge located three miles east of the ski area. Many consider Monarch much more low-key and relaxing than some of the other bigger resorts in the state. You'll find 670 acres of terrain at Monarch, with trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, and for the more adventurous, guided snowcat tours are available on an additional 900 acres of terrain. Other activities available at Monarch, besides downhill skiing, include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. The lifts do not operate in summer, but the lodge is available for private parties, weddings, reunions, etc. The charming town of Salida is just 18 miles from Monarch and offers a variety of lodging options, as well as unique shops and art galleries, and the Salida Hot Springs Pool. There are tons of other activities in the Monarch area, as well, such as hiking, horseback riding, camping, mountain climbing and golf. Mountain biking is exhilarating along the Rainbow Trail and the Monarch Crest Trail, and the fishing opportunities are excellent on the Arkansas River or one of the other many pristine lakes and streams in the area.

Surrounding areas: Salida, Colorado (17.1 mi), San Luis Valley, Colorado (17.1 mi), Buena Vista, Colorado (23.0 mi), Almont, Colorado (29.9 mi), Gunnison, Colorado (33.0 mi), Twin Lakes, Colorado (37.6 mi)

Monarch Vacation Rentals

Monarch Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Salida Super 8525 W Rainbow BlvdSalida, CO16.6 mi.(719) 539-6689
Comfort Inn315 E Rainbow-us Hwy 50Salida, CO17.1 mi.(719) 539-5000
Econo Lodge1310 E Hwy 50Salida, CO17.1 mi.(719) 539-2895
Holiday Inn Express7400 W US Hwy 50Salida, CO17.1 mi.(719) 539-8500
Rainbow Inn105 E Hwy 50Salida, CO17.1 mi.(719) 539-4444
Woodland Motel And Residence Inn903 W 1STSalida, CO17.1 mi.(719) 539-4980
Best Western Vista Inn733 Hwy 24 NBuena Vista, CO23.1 mi.(719) 395-8009
Super 8 Motel530 N U S Hwy 24Buena Vista, CO23.1 mi.(719) 395-8888

Monarch Weather & Climate

Central Colorado has a more complex climate than most states in the United States. Even places a few miles apart can experience entirely different weather depending on the topography of the area. The valleys are classified as a semi-arid, continental climate, which becomes a mountain or alpine climate at higher elevations. Humid microclimates may also exist in some places. Abundant sunshine and low humidity is typical in all areas. Summers are mild to warm, and thunderstorms can cause a sudden drop in temperature. Winters are cold and snowy, especially in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains. Solar radiation penetrates the thin atmosphere high in the mountains, which results in very pleasant temperatures during the winter. This is why skiers are often pictured in very light clothing, even though they're surrounded by snow.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 11°F 1.38 in. -
February 45°F 14°F 1.16 in. -
March 50°F 21°F 1.29 in. -
April 57°F 27°F 1.24 in. -
May 67°F 35°F 1.27 in. -
June 78°F 43°F 0.98 in. -
July 83°F 48°F 1.52 in. -
August 80°F 47°F 1.89 in. -
September 74°F 39°F 1.39 in. -
October 63°F 28°F 1.07 in. -
November 49°F 20°F 0.99 in. -
December 41°F 12°F 1.17 in. -

Monarch Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located about 14 miles east of Monarch in Salida, Colorado, the Central Colorado Regional airport (7V1) located approximately 21 miles northeast of Monarch in Buena Vista, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located roughly 33 miles west of Monarch in Gunnison, Colorado, the Leach airport (1V8) located around 54 miles south of Monarch in Center, Colorado, Aspen Pitkin County Sardy Field (ASE) located about 55 miles northwest of Monarch in Aspen, Colorado, and finally the Silver West airport (C08) located approximately 62 miles southeast of Monarch in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Monarch Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO76.5 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO114.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Salida Golf ClubSalidaCO17.6 mi.
Collegiate Peaks Golf CourseBuena VistaCO22.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO42.7 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO49.0 mi.
AspenAspenCO52.4 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO52.4 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO52.4 mi.
TiehackAspenCO52.4 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO66.7 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO76.0 mi.
VailVailCO76.0 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO87.0 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO88.3 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO91.3 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO97.9 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO107.2 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO83.1 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO94.5 mi.
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO109.3 mi.

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