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Old 06-12-2012, 02:35 PM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I'd like to come to Colorado as I've never been before. I'd like to be completely out of the east coast heat/humidity. Would love to see some of the "old Colorado", maybe spend a day in Boulder and a day in Denver.

Really just looking to relax, do a little sightseeing, maybe an easy white water rafting trip if possible. Definitely would consider a resort (not the Aspen, $500 a night type though). Would probably prefer to stay away from the very expensive areas I've heard about (Telluride, Steamboat, etc..). Would probably fly into Denver and will absolutely rent a car while I'm there.

Any help would be appreciated thanks!
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:50 PM
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If you want to see some of the "old Colorado," I'd skip Denver and Boulder--except for some of the museums there (Colorado History Museum, Colorado Railroad Museum, etc.). This severe drought year, I'd skip whitewater rafting--the streamflows just aren't there. Most of the most "authentic" Colorado is in the western half of Colorado (but away from the big resorts and I-70--avoid all of that like the plague), but this likely to be a lousy year to see it--the extreme drought now gripping the state may make things pretty unattractive. If the Southwest Monsoon comes in strong (and, believe me, I'm praying that it does), things might green up some by August--but, if not, brown and burning may be the common theme.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:57 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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The Arkansas River is great for white water rafting around the Salida and Canon City area. The area is not that expensive as well.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:50 PM
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Durango is awesome, affordable, and lots to do in the area.

One MUST is to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and I suggest staying at the General Palmer Hotel, right next to the train and walkable to all the in-town places.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:20 PM
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Wink Southwest and San Juans found

The Arkansas river between Buena Vista and Salida is prime rafting territory. Unfortunately due a very mild winter, all rivers are well down this season. By late August a good question what if anything would be available in the state.

If wishing to see aspects of "Old Colorado," maybe head to the southwest corner of the state and the San Juan mountains. There you'll find all the glitz and expense you do not want with Telluride, but also that far more of yesteryear in Silverton. Also with old mining and now ghost towns in the area. Durango has some nice old buildings, and all the services and activity you might want. You'll likely never forget the drive north from there on US 550 to Ouray at the northern edge of these mountains, and a very lovely location that is as well.

A good way to get there in seeing aspects of what Colorado once was and still is would be due west on either US 50 or US 160. US 50 will take you over Monarch Pass and through lightly settled farming and ranching areas surrounded by lots of God's country. US 160 passes first across La Veta Pass, and then across the San Luis Valley, with small communities still retaining a size and character lost in front range suburbia. Even if heading on over Wolf Creek Pass, a brief side trip up along the Rio Grande river to the old mining town of Creede might be nice.

Unfortunately a very dry year thus far, and you may end up skirting wildfires in places. But still the possibility of a grand adventure.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:43 PM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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My favorite places in Colorado:
Durango and the railroad
Denver Botanical Garden and Denver Zoo
Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park starting at Loveland and go West.
Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs
Air Force Academy
Garden of the Gods
Royal Gorge Bridge and trip to bottom of the gorge.
Mesa Verde
Buffalo Bills Grave
Cave of the Winds
Red Rocks Park
Seven Falls
Central City mining town and we saw a mine there if I remember correctly.

The Four Corners is close to Pagosa Springs and Durango too, but it snowed and we didn't make it there. Another place to go the next time.

We haven't stayed at Steamboat Springs yet, so there has to be more to see. I know you probably won't be able to see all this in one trip but we lived in Colorado about a year in two different trips and have stayed at Pagosa Springs also.

There was a desert West of Denver that we never got to and I believe our landlady kept telling us about the Will Rogers place. She said it was incredible, but you can't see everything. I like to leave some things to go back to.

There are very nice parks in Denver. We went to one near the mint and my favorite was Mary Washington Park. The book Sisters and Strangers was set in the Mary Washington Park area or was that Martha? I am having a senior moment, sorry.

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Old 06-13-2012, 02:52 AM
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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The Will Rodgers Shrine is above the cheyenne mountain zoo in Colorado Springs, and admission to it is included with a zoo ticket. It's pretty cool, you actually have to drive THROUGH the zoo to get to it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by ryanek9freak View Post
The Will Rodgers Shrine is above the cheyenne mountain zoo in Colorado Springs, and admission to it is included with a zoo ticket. It's pretty cool, you actually have to drive THROUGH the zoo to get to it.
It's VERY cool! The shrine doesn't get mentioned a lot on the Colorado forum but it is well worth your while.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:26 AM
Location: Western Colorado
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