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Old 04-22-2009, 12:45 PM
Location: Texas
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I know there must be a million places in Colorado that are great for hiking, but I wanted to know if anyone could give us their opinion on the best place for camping, hiking, and water scenery/fishing?

We would want to be more in the wild and not so much in a resort or town-type area.

Looking to go early July.

Somewhere suitable for just us and the packs on our backs.

Thank you.
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:07 PM
Location: The Big D
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Try Woodland Park which has grown a lot since I used to camp there as a kid but it is still nice and in the mountains and not too far from the city (Colorado Springs) if you really wanted to go for something. There was a campground there as well. I believe there are some other campgrounds close by that are not "in" Woodland Park.

The other place I would recommend is Ouray. Go 4-wheeling here thru the mountains. TONS of trails and it depends on your skill level what trails you would take. You can 4-wheel to a remote area then hike to go fishing in some great places around here as well. Small town with the natural hot springs pool. Durango is the biggest "city" that is nearby as is Montrose.

You could also check around Mt. Evans and see if there is a spot to camp and hike around there.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:47 PM
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Lots of non-touristy, serious "outback" places to go and be on your own, and very remote. To the point of unlikely to run into other people there unless you choose to do so, and they will also be serious backpackers/hikers ... or they wouldn't be there.

Depending upon the amount of time you have away from a trailhead ... I'd head out to the wilderness areas of:

Rocky Mountain National Park, Neota Wilderness

White River National Park, Flat Tops Wilderness, or the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

Routt National Park, Mount Zirkel Wilderness

White River National Park, Holy Cross Wilderness

This isn't a comprehensive list of all the places in Colorado that will meet your requirements, just my favorites through the years. Other folks will have their favorite places, too. There's certainly many more places, some less or more challenging. Plan on high elevation variable weather, ranging from hot/dry to summertime rainshowers which can be very chilling, especially if the winds come up ... and the possibility of snow some nights if the weather pattern is on the cool side.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:27 PM
Location: Virginia
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Saguache Park near Gunnison...
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:53 PM
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Try the Ouray area.Great evryhting within easy reach.
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