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You should expect low temps in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado to be in the 40s - sometimes high 30s in August. You could always mail the cool weather stuff via "General Delivery" to some place like Missoula that you are sure to visit and that you'll be there on a weekday (or Sat a.m.). Then you can mail the stuff home from Pueblo.
Depending on your skin melanin, long sleeves and long pants can also be very nice in intense sun. Also saves on the sunscreen bill and reduces the number of bugs that get stuck on your skin.
The only approved storage method in US National Parks(?) is a bear canister like above, which you just set on the ground.
I started the L&C on 8/1 and had good weather, although a little too hot in eastern OR.
If you have good relationship with a LBS at home, try shipping through it. It's possible that they get a lower, merchant rate. Worked for us two years ago.
This morning I opened by Crateworks box for the first time since we got back from our trip two years ago. Inside was an itemized receipt from Glacier Cyclery. Shipping was $53/bike from Whitefish, MT to Philadelphia, PA. My box is a total of 86.5 in. Cheaper than the on line price I was quoted by UPS. And much cheaper than the $200 Delta/NWA wanted.
Ship it to a hotel or better yet a bicycle shop. If adjustments are needed, the bike will be ready to go.