The climate is four seasons with annual precipitation between 9 and 12 inches, much of which is contained in snowfall at the higher elevations. Summer days are warm and dry and nights are cool and clear. The winters are mostly clear and cold with snow levels usually remaining above 5500 feet. Some consider autumn to be the finest season here with clean mild days and crisp starry nights. A recent air quality study of the western states, made by the National Park Service, indicates that the Montello, Nevada area is located in the exact center of the clearest air remaining in the lower 48 states, the distances that you can see here are fantastic and the brilliance of the starry night skies must be seen to be believed!