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Old 07-12-2016, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Garland, TX
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Wife and I are driving out there from Dallas (be nice, lol) the week of labor day 9/2-9/9. Will summer activities in the mountain towns be closed? I've been to Breckenridge in offfseason and it was a ghost town. I couldn't tell from the site if thr superchair lift would be open or not.

1st stop is telluride, hopefully Breckenridge, and then to RMNP. plan on lots of hiking and camping, just enjoying the views along the way. We will be in my lifted 4x4 Tacoma maybe some easy scenic trails. We've been to pikes peak, garden of the gods, cripple creek and wolf rescue in divide on a previous trip.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:35 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Closed?
Yes, no, maybe.
Just check with every place you want to visit -- website + telephonic.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:55 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Closures are Quite unlikely in early SEPT.

Get into a blog with local RV clubs.

The mining roads and forest access near Breckenridge used to be great 4x4 / off road fun.
A group of 8-10 of us would ADV motorcycle camp in Aug or early Sept, and do over 50 miles of different trails everyday.
Never the same route. I would avoid hunting season!

'Shoulder season is best'; great when you have the roads and campgrounds to yourself.

When you are near RMNP, check into offroad areas near Poudre / Buckhorn / Chambers Lake. Maybe Elk will be rutting / bugling! That will enhance your evening camping thrills.

If possible, enjoy nearby WY 'Snowy Range' and then east of Laramie to Vedauwoo.
Encampment, WY has lots of 4x4 access, Saratoga for Hot Springs. (All very close to CO)
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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One of the best months in Colorado is October. Most tourists have gone, the air is cool and crisp, the aspen leaves turn.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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You will find with ski resort towns that Labor Day is the last big weekend of summer. After that during the weekdays they will begin to quiet down and weekends will still have some business if the weather is good. Many of the touristy activities will begin to shutter after Labor Day such as some of the lifts, but you will find most shops and restaurants open. Off season doesn't begin in earnest until October, people will take vacations, shops or restaurants might close and people begin to prep for the winter season.

Keep in mind in early September the weather in the mountains will begin to change. You will have beautiful crisp but warm enough fall days and cool/cold nights. Snow is not likely but can happen. If you hike or camp be prepared for four seasons in one day, could happen. I always found in September you could have some amazing days that were just a dream and some days that were miserable and cold.
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Old 07-13-2016, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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One of the best months in Colorado is October. Most tourists have gone, the air is cool and crisp, the aspen leaves turn.
Actually, it's usually all over by early/mid October.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:05 PM
 
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Yep October is not the month for aspens. Aspens will vary quite a bit from area to area but they fade quickly after October 1 and all you need is one windy night or storm and it's all done.

The first week of Sept is when they are talking about visiting anyways. If you drive around enough through different areas you should be able to see some color at that time.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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Definitely check on closing dates for camping. Many public and private campgrounds close after Labor Day for the year, particularly in more rural areas.
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