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Monarch Travel Guide

Once a tiny mining town with just a cluster of houses, Monarch, Colorado, in the Sawatch Mountain Range, is now a popular yet casual and affordable ski resort. It's known for having thick, deep snow, a wonderfully diverse rugged landscape, and park terrain.

Things to Do in Monarch

Great activities in the Monarch area include skiing and snowboarding, horseback riding, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, sledding, tubing and snow cat tours. There's also plenty of places for hiking and cycling, including the Colorado Trail where mountain bikers can set off down the 500 miles of trails. For awe inspiring views from above, hop aboard the Monarch Crest Scenic Tram. To test your nerve the Arkansas River flows nearby and is a famous spot for white water rafting. In nearby Salida the is an excess of cafes and restaurants in its historic downtown. Additionally there are some quality hot springs here for a relaxing break from the slopes. If you want to test your nerve white water rafting, the Arkansas River also flows through here and is a famous spot for the adventurous sport.

Best Time to Visit Monarch

Winter for the full range of activities snow activities.

Price and Availability Index in Monarch

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Monarch is in February, while the cheapest month is in November. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Monarch is in the high season in July. Monarch has its low season in April, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Monarch tends to be Saturday, while the most expensive day tends to be Thursday. Vacation homes in Monarch tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The weather in Monarch

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Monarch. The hottest month in Monarch is June, when temperatures peak at 70 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to -9 ˚F. The wettest month in Monarch is July with 1.71 inches of rain, while the driest month is October with 0.26 inches of rain.

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