Rollins Pass Weather

Rollins Pass weather information, webcams, AWOS, and SNOTEL data

Rollins Pass weather, like many places in Colorado, changes constantly. Add to this, the complexity that Rollins Pass has no infrastructure: no electricity, no webcams, no AWOS sites, and no SNOTEL sites. However, reasonable guesses at the weather and conditions on Rollins Pass can be ascertained from nearby AWOS and SNOTEL sites as well as nearby webcams from Winter Park Resort, Berthoud Pass, Eldora, atop Dakota Hill near Rollinsville, and Nederland. We’ll walk you through how to interpret the data below to make reasonable guesses as to how much snow you can expect on either side of Rollins Pass as well as what the current weather might look like. SNOTEL data is updated hourly.

AWOS sites

Dakota Hill AWOS (KC99)

The Dakota Hill Automated Weather Observing Station (AWOS) known as KC99 is located on the summit of Dakota Hill, north-northwest of Central City at an elevation of 10,938 feet above sea level. (On Rollins Pass East, this elevation corresponds to between Jenny Lake and the Forest Lakes Trailhead.) KC99 is located less than 4 miles away from the initial rung of Giant’s Ladder on Rollins Pass East and is approximately 8.25 miles southeast from the summit of Rollins Pass. The northwest camera provides the best view towards Rollins Pass; on very clear days, a portion of the top rung of Giant’s Ladder can be seen, as well as the summer snowpatch above Yankee Doodle Lake, Guinn Mountain, and the point around Needle’s Eye Tunnel. The west camera provides excellent views of James Peak on very clear days. The FAA’s page for the Dakota Hill AWOS also provides temperature, dew point, pressure, winds, visibility, ceiling, clouds, and more; camera views are updated several times each hour, with camera loops available.

If the content above appears as an empty box, view it on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

Berthoud Pass AWOS (K0CO)

The Berthoud Pass Automated Weather Observing Station (AWOS) known as K0CO is located on the summit of Mines Peak, approximately less than a mile (0.75) east of the Berthoud Pass summit at an elevation of 12,493 feet above sea level. (This is higher than Beacon Peak on Rollins Pass by a few hundred feet.) K0CO is located 10.5 miles north-northeast from the summit of Rollins Pass. The northwest camera provides the best view towards the general vicinity of Rollins Pass (although out of frame). The northeast camera provides the best look at weather in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley. The FAA’s page for the Berthoud Pass AWOS also provides temperature, dew point, pressure, winds, visibility, ceiling, clouds, and more; camera views are updated several times each hour, with camera loops available.

If the content above appears as an empty box, view it on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

SNOTEL sites

West of the Continental Divide | Berthoud Summit—SNOTEL 335 at 11,300 feet in elevation

How should you interpret this data, below? If the SNOTEL data from neighboring Berthoud Pass shows a snow depth of 59 inches and a snow water equivalent of 15.0 inches of water, this means that you could reasonably expect to find nearly five feet of snow (4.92 feet) and when it melts, it can generate 15.0 inches of water—so a lot of mud—at 11,300 feet on Berthoud Pass. Approximately 9.08 miles away on Rollins Pass West, the elevation of 11,300 feet is found between Sunnyside yet below Ptarmigan Point.

The data provided below is updated hourly and displays a rolling 14-day period with the most recent data at the bottom. Air temperature observed can be found in the right column as well—this is from that same elevation and tends to be more accurate than commercialized weather sites.

Source: National Resources Conservation Service, National Water and Climate Center, United States Department of Agriculture

East of the Continental Divide | Lake Eldora—SNOTEL 564 at 9,700 feet in elevation

How should you interpret this data, below? If the SNOTEL data from neighboring Lake Eldora shows a snow depth of 36 inches and a snow water equivalent of 10.1 inches of water, this means that you could reasonably expect to find three feet of snow and when it melts, it can generate 10.1 inches of water—so a lot of mud—at 9,700 feet on Lake Eldora. Approximately 2.18 miles away on Rollins Pass East, the elevation of 9,700 feet is found roughly at the start of the third rung of Giant’s Ladder.

The data provided below is updated hourly and displays a rolling 14-day period with the most recent data at the bottom. Air temperature observed can be found in the right column as well—this is from that same elevation and tends to be more accurate than commercialized weather sites.

Source: National Resources Conservation Service, National Water and Climate Center, United States Department of Agriculture

Webcams

Be sure to click ‘Play’ on each video as the static image shown is not always current.

East of the Continental Divide | Nederland at 8,236 feet in elevation

Be sure to click ‘Play’ on each video as the static image shown is not always current. While more than 1,000 feet in elevation below the entrance of Rollins Pass East, this webcam at Busey Brews Smokehouse & Brewery in Nederland, Colorado provides a good look at the current weather conditions for the east side of the Continental Divide.

West of the Continental Divide | Berthoud Summit at 11,306 feet in elevation

Berthoud Pass parking lot camera, looking northeast towards the summit of Rollins Pass (out of frame), 10.63 miles distant. Typically, but not always, the same conditions can be found at/near the summit of Rollins Pass. This CDOT camera is at 11,306 feet; the summit of Rollins Pass is 11,677. The elevation of 11,306 feet is above Sunnyside yet below Ptarmigan Point on Rollins Pass West.

West of the Continental Divide | Lunch Rock Camera at 11,211 feet in elevation at Winter Park Resort

Be sure to click ‘Play’ on each video as the static image shown is not always current. The Lunch Rock camera at Winter Park Resort looks towards the Continental Divide, 4.07 miles due east. Typically, but not always, the same conditions can be found at/near similar elevations on Rollins Pass; the elevation shown in the Lunch Rock video is at 11,211 feet—on Rollins Pass West, this is between Riflesight Notch Trestle and Sunnyside.

The Continental Divide | Alpine Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain National Park at 11,796 feet in elevation

This US Park Service camera is at 11,796 feet; the summit of Rollins Pass is 11,677. The elevation is roughly the equivalent of the highest point on the 501.1 Upper Boulder Wagon Road on Rollins Pass, just above the summit. The distance from the Alpine Visitors Center to the summit of Rollins Pass is 35.15 miles—weather systems may vary substantially with this distance. However, this view is great for showing what the typical snowmelt and snow accumulation conditions look like at essentially the same elevation as the summit of Rollins Pass. Special note about the camera: during the fall and winter seasons, the webcam is placed inside the Alpine Visitor Center. At this time, the temperature reflected on the webcam image indicates the visitor center indoor temperature.

Looking for details on what the road looks like for the season? Check out our Rollins Pass Road Status page.

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