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So my wife and I have friends that live in Monument CO. Never been to Colorado and we are tossing around the idea of pulling our 5th wheel out there to see friends and explore the area next year. Is April a good time to ride trails in that area? I don't know anything about your weather, soil makeup and trail options in that area. If it's a terrible time for the mtb trails we could consider something in the summer, but the 2nd week of April (11-15th) would be preferred for our scheduling.

I would appreciate some general guidance.
 

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April can be feet of snow, blue sky and sunshine, or a combination. Later would be more predictable.
 

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What xcguy said is accurate. How long would your trip be? April is not a terrible time but the vast majority of trails in Colorado and even a bunch near Monument will still be snowed in. Monument does not have the best or the most trails but for a quick trip there is good near there. If you are staying for a longer trip (1 week +) summer would be a much better choice than April since you would be able to branch out from the Monument area.
 

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As others said, you could be under a foot if snow (it snowed in May this year), or it could be 75 for the entire week.

One thing to keep in mind: most of the trails in Monument are on a north facing aspect. Mt. Herman in particular. They are the last thing to dry/melt out.

If you’re in town anyway, and there’s nothing rideable locally, a trip or two down to Canon City will almost certainly result in dry or rideable trails.


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Consistent with other's posts...Monument is a crap shoot at that time of the year. Most likely you will get some good rideable days on the lower elevation trails, but the stuff up high, behind Mt Herman is unlikely.

I live right next to the trails and ride them nearly daily. I just looked at my April rides from this year. 2 fat bike rides, lots of good dry regular rides. Zero high altitude stuff til May 2nd.

Pueblo and Canon City will be more predictably good, but quite a drive. The Springs is close by and also more likely to be snow free.

Honest opinion...May-June is better.
 

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Even if the weather is warm and sunny, the snow from 2 weeks prior is still there in all the shady spots, and the places where it melted are muddy. Ice in the morning melts in the afternoon and turns everything to mud, So morning when everything is frozen is better than the warmer afternoon for that reason. Frozen mud is ok, but ice and snow is a drag unless you are one of those ice and snow specialists.
Or, it could be perfect.
In general, April is not a time to plan on doing a trip of mountain bike riding. If you live here than you can pick your times, but if you are traveling there is big risk of being disappointed.
The slope for trails around Monument and mount Herman in general face east, not north.
 
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