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Old 03-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by davemess10 View Post
Come from Nebraska, the best option for you would be to go to either the Snowy Range in WY, or up the Poudre river (via Fort Collins). Outside of the 4th of July (which is busy everywhere) you will find a lot less people in these areas. Get a good atlas from DeLorme that will have all the backroads on it and and start exploring.

I really disagree that you have have to go to Gunnison. There is a ton of not very popular areas up the Poudre and up near Cameron pass (and on the other side).
This year, a truly better option for the OP would be northern Wyoming or Montana. Those areas have not been so severely affected by the extremely dry and warm winter that the southern and central Rockies have had to endure this winter. Having lived in Wyoming, I can also say that the drive would, overall, be much less stressful from Nebraska, even if the distances are somewhat longer. In Wyoming, I'm especially partial to the Big Horn range--pretty mountains and seldom crowded at all. The Beartooths in Wyoming and southern Montana are spectacular--one of the few mountain ranges that I put on a par scenically with the San Juans in southwestern Colorado.

My comparison of Wyoming and Colorado's mountains is basically this: with a few exceptions, the Wyoming mountains are less extensive and less spectacular than Colorado's are and don't have the extensive aspen forests that Colorado's mountains do (especially from central Colorado southward), but the positive tradeoff is that the Wyoming mountains are much less despoiled by development, are much less crowded (excluding the Grand Tetons and the main roads in Yellowstone), and are much richer with wildlife viewing and uncrowded fishing opportunities than what is generally available in Colorado.

If you want the bull**** glitzy yuppie resort experience, then Colorado offers that in spades, but if you want a more authentic experience (and not the "resort cartoon" experience), then Wyoming and Montana offer more of that than does Colorado. My old admonitions holds for all of the Rockies, though: If you've read about the place in some national magazine, it's probably already been wrecked.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:57 PM
Location: Wyoming
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It's hard to beat the Wind River Range near Lander, WY. And the Snowy Range is probably closer than RMNP. Both have great hiking trails.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by DallastoCO View Post
Remember also that RMNP is free on national holidays, making the crowds in Estes over July 4 weekend that much worse.
Nope - not free on July 4. Maybe it was at one time, but not in recent memory. I checked their website, I see that someone already posted the fee free dates for this year.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:43 AM
Location: Boulder, Co
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We just bought a place in Winter Park that I rent out a lot. When going over the summer rental prices with the property management guy, I asked him if we charge higher rates for holidays such as July 4th. He said town is only half full and people don't pay a premium. So there is another option for you.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:30 AM
Location: Sacramento
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Originally Posted by SCentralNEGuy View Post
Well the biggest problem for me is the distance getting to most of these places from Central Nebraska. The mountains being within weekend driving distance are a real perk but I can't get very far within them. The Front Range is 6-7 hours away which is doable for a weekend trip but going further inland is not an option. I might try Snowy Range in Wyoming but it doesn't look as impressive as the CO Mtns. I like the "I-70 Sacrifice Zone" thing - highway 34? from Longmont to Estes Park I felt like was the Thompson Creek Sacrifice Zone - traffic was bumper to bumper and the road winded and turned and you had a real good chance of getting rear ended - probably some real big pileups there.
You should try living in California...fml. Overcrowding? I'd take 5million in Colorado over the 40 million here.
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