Weather and Terrain

Golden, Colorado, the location of Colorado School of Mines, is situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The elevation (altitude) of the campus is approximately 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) above sea level.

Weather in Golden is generally seasonal, with cold temperatures in winter (December through February), hot temperatures in summer (June through August), and variable temperatures in spring and fall. However, due to the proximity of the Rocky Mountains and the city's altitude, temperatures can vary widely from the norm on a day-to-day basis.

Precipitation in the area is generally infrequent, with average annual equivalent rainfall of 15 inches (38 centimeters). Precipitation generally occurs as snow in winter, late fall, and early spring, and as rain during the remainder of the year. Snowfall in the winter can be significant, with accumulations greater than 6 inches (15 centimeters) being common. Summer days can experience severe thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Current weather information and near-term forecasts for Golden are available on the Internet. Learn more...

Visitors unaccustomed to the combination of Golden's altitude and generally dry climate are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and to be cautious if engaging in rigorous exercise.

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