A friend from the old country (in SE Asia) will be visiting me around mid June, 2011 or so. We plan to drive from Southern California to NYC and he'll fly home from there. I'm planning to show him snow if possible. I've driven through Trail ridge road in May 2005 and was impressed with the left over snow there, then. I haven't been on the "Going to the sun" road yet. Would there be more snow there compared to "Trail ridge road"? We plan to stop by Mount Rushmore on July 3rd for the fireworks and we won't leave California before June 15th. Should I plan my route to go through "Going to the sun" road or "Trail ridge" road if I want to see as much snow as possible? Snow(!!!) and July 3rd Mount Rushmore fireworks are my two "anchored" stops (to me, nothing more American than these 2 attractions to a SE Asian!). PLEASE HELP!!!! Thanks.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Dec-2010, at 20:04 by tdcao ]
Your best bet is probably the Trail Ridge Road--mainly because it is at a higher altitude--and therefore the snow will melt slower. But if you do choose Montana (Going to the Sun), you would see also see snow for sure since there are glaciers that have been there for millions of years (although it is predicted most of these will be gone within 10 years because of global warming.)
Just to be sure you get the snow you want on the Trail Ridge Road, though, I'd check the weather reports to get snowfall totals for both Colorado and Montana in about early April--and then you'll know which group got the most snow for the period--and if there was much of a difference.
Enjoy your trip--sounds like a great one
Hay Calcruzer!!! Thanks for the tips. The total snowfall reports by April is a great idea. Better than me just sitting at home guessing. I'm having a little problem searching for these reports, though. Does anybody know where I can find them? I was able to find the average (not exact number for a particular year) snowfall reports here (http://www.glacier.national-park.com/weather.htm, http://www.rocky.mountain.national-park.com/weather.htm) and it looks like Glacier National Park has more snow. But how come pictures I found of "Going to the sun" road on the Web rarely have a lot of snow in it?
Of the two, Trail Ridge. Another idea is Mt.Evans outside of Denver (about 40 or so minutes) where you can drive to 14,000 ft on sealed road. I most often get caught in falling snow there, even in July!!
The weather channel posts the average snowfall/precipitation for almost every spot in the US on their main site. Look for the section called "Averages and Records" or something similar--that's where the info is located.