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Old 12-25-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: CO
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A great Christmas Day article on the Colorado Bucket List:

Ten things you have to do in Colorado
The Colorado bucket list
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/25/2011 01:00:00 AM MST
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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Done 'em all. Some a few times, some dozens of times, some hundreds of times, some just about all the time. Gonna do a couple of 'em today and tomorrow . . .
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Done 'em all. Some a few times, some dozens of times, some hundreds of times, some just about all the time. . .
Same here. Something we have in common.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Back in COLORADO!!!
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All of the above. At least once......
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I would add enjoy the mountain scenery on horseback.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Wink What about Ouray?

Depending on one's definition, 9 items on that list could be accomplished in Estes Park and adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park.

Perhaps I shouldn't mention that, as there are already plenty of tourists. Although as disclaimer, only 3 items on the major list of ten, so you can go elsewhere. And although I included skiing from the secondary list of ten items, as an organized sport it is no longer offered in RMNP. So only cross-country, or a long hike up, and yourself best elsewhere if interested in alpine skiing. Conversely, no inclusion of hot springs, and although I do not think there are any in RMNP (all the water in lakes and rivers being rather cold) maybe something I am overlooking. For at least 5 of these twenty items, RMNP would be great. Aside from navigating Trail Ridge Road, or climbing Longs Peak, one of the best places to get up close and personal with an elk (at a certain distance if valuing your health), and their bugling come autumn.

This Colorado bucket list as offered may be somewhat incomplete. If taking their suggestion to perhaps ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, between Durango and Silverton, then you'll have visited two towns I would add to the list. But it will take a further drive on across US 550 and Red Mountain Pass (thus the hairy drive part of the list) to include Ouray. The authors of that list may have other criteria, but I cannot imagine someone saying they've properly seen Colorado without spending some time in Ouray.

Or, for that matter, maybe Hovenweep National Monument, but that more off the beaten track.
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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All but climbing a 14,000er. My knees went to pot on me my first year in college (took care of the scholarship.)

Good suggestion by Idunn regarding Hovenweep! It doesn't get the visitors like Mesa Verde but it is worth the trip!
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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There's at least one thing on the list that can't be done anymore:
Step back in time and ride one of the state's refurbished rail lines, from the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito to the Georgetown Loop narrow gauge line, to the Winter Park Ski Train.

The ski train hasn't been in operation for several years...
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:38 AM
 
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I think to keep it down to 10 the list was made up of general activities that can be done at several locations around the state.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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All but climbing a 14er and rafting the Arkansas.
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