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Old 04-18-2016, 03:25 AM
 
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so, i was wondering what are spots and/or areas to experience in colorado? thinking about doing a week vacation - but looking for something relaxing. Maybe in the summer time a place to go swimming? but not sure if the waters are warm

or a place that is really beautiful to hike and eat half way stuff like that...or some place to do tours.

I am in the springs are
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I would do a Durango-Silverton-Ouray trip. Or maybe Aspen-Crested Butte.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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Four Corners area, national parks, state wildlife areas and state parks.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Assume you mean in the mountains. Water never warm enough to swim. However, from CS you could go west to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs (between Buena Vista and Salida), then maybe go Highway 50 over Monarch to Gunnison and north to Crested Butte.

Or go west on Highway 24 and go over Independence Pass to Aspen and the Maroon Bells. Head north to Glenwood Springs and swim at the Hot Springs pools. Return through Glenwood Canyon, then take I-70 to Breckenridge to Highway 9 back to Highway 24 to CS.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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Go up to Cripple Creek (maybe do a gold mine tour). Fish Elevenmile Reservoir. Visit Bishops Castle. Bishop Castle :: Official Site Visit Royal Gorge. Raft down the Arkansas River. Or just hangout / walk thru the rocks in the Browns Canyon area.
Go to the Great Sand Dunes. Drive up Pikes Peak when open or take the railway. Go for a home or mountain bike ride off Tarryall Creek Road north of Lake George. Mountain bike, motorcycle or ATV in the Rampart Ridge area just to the northwest of you. Go up to Breckenridge or Salida and just putter around the streets and shops and nearby trails. Camp or get a cabin at Lake Isabel north of Rye and / or rent a boat. Ride the Cumbres & Toltec railroad. Visit Leadville or Creede and Lake City. Or Crested Butte and rent a mountain bike.

Read this best lakes/reservoirs to swim near COS-need advice!
Or google Colorado swimming holes for lots of lists of spots. Consider renting or buying at least a cropped wetsuit top. Or find a place to jetski. Or go here https://www.elitchgardens.com/water-park/
beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Or see if any of these folks http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/co/colorado_springs/ are doing something of interest.

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Old 04-18-2016, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Quintessential Colorado, hmmm, that could be a few different things. Let see, we have the most altitude over 10k of any state, so naturally I would think of something high altitude...got it! Many here like Peak bagging, that is climbing 14ers to the summit. Big challenge is getting as many as your tenure in Colorado allows. One of the easiest scores to rack up peaks is the quadrangle of the four peaks of Mt Bross, Mt Democrat, Mt Cameron and Mt Lincoln, all over 14k,and all summits can be made in a single day, if you are in great shape, after driving up to Kite Lake at 12k feet. Kite Lake and Emma Lake are quite attractive and very photogenic, but way too cold for any sort of swimming, as are nearly every mountain lake, stream, and river in the state. Warm water is only found out on the plains.

If its swimming you want, then Dreaming of Hawaii has some good suggestions.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:09 PM
 
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I would do a Durango-Silverton-Ouray trip. Or maybe Aspen-Crested Butte.
what is thetre to do there? good hiking?
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Go to Durango, and take the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad. And also to go Mesa Verde while staying in Durango.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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what is thetre to do there? good hiking?
Durango is a great town with good bars and restaurants. It's also close to some of my favorite mountains in the state. You can take the narrow gauge rail to the halfway point between Durango and Silverton. It's called Needleton and it's the gateway to hiking in the Chicago Basin which is some of the best hiking in Colorado. You can do an overnight camping there if you would like.

There is also great hiking around Silverton and Ouray.



Ouray:
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