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Old 06-30-2017, 02:00 PM
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Colorado in the summer time as a first! Ive done the winter skiing season stuff etc but never the summer. We need some recommendations as where to go stay and visit for about 6 days. The others have never been to Colorado. We will have a rental car so I thought it would be good to travel around the state, staying a night or two at hotels in each area. Maybe?
While we are there, it would be great to to to some of the national parks for some scenic beauty, as well as visit some smaller towns outside of the city.

Could you also recommend some things to do in Denver? We will be staying downtown.

The Plan

We don't have a plan (lol) We are open to stay in cabins or hotels somewhere in a mountain or National park
Since we aren't goig to be in Colorado for too long, we don't really want to go anywhere further than 2-3 hours from Denver
We definitely want to stay in cabin If not for the entire trip for at least couple nights and horse riding its a must!

What we normally like/dislike

-We like walks in nature light hiking, contemplate nature, etc (not into crazy difficult hikes tho)
-We love beer (good beer)
-We love nature but we also like to try the local cuisine and would like to visit good breweries, bars good restaurants and the local cuisine, we are foodies
- We would like to try some adventurous sports nothing too crazy, maybe water drafting, open to suggestions

Our personalities

Very curious about everything and adventurous types, total foodies/ good cocktails and beer, with appreciation to fine dinning but also love to try interesting hidden gems, well traveled, we get bored easily and require constant mental stimulation, we appreciate every moment and traveling to new places, very very very friendly and super social, we love people

Thanks in advance
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Old 06-30-2017, 02:39 PM
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Here's a good resource for trip planning. Check it out: https://fieldguide.colorado.com/
I'd also suggest Trip Advisor.
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:11 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Scenic Byways... + there are 'beer routes'.

If you want the variety of Scenery, I would go direct from DEN airport to Estes Park, enjoy a sunrise breakfast, then head over Trail Ridge and take the backroads to Glenwood Springs (overnight, cheap pool after 9PM?) or Steamboat if time allows.

Then visit Aspen and Snowmass, over Independence pass, then overnight HERE (horses + very nice family and a Hot Springs pool!) Waunita Hot Springs Ranch ... work your way to Dillion / Durango including Black Canyon of Gunnison and Sand Dunes (on the way or on the return). Mesa Verde, then east along souther CO mtns and even Northern NM (near Taos / Angel Fire / Chama) Home - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

If you MUST do Denver.... I would do it on another trip, and in the winter or spring when there are some local events. Don't waste your summer in a city! (JMHO... ranch kid, so you won't catch me indoors in the summer)

You can also do SW CO on a UT NP trip. (Do not Miss UT parks as soon as you get a chance ... Not a great 'mid-summer' adventure. Shoulder season is better in UT Parks.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:40 AM
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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So much great stuff you can do. Your interests align very closely with mine, so hopefully you find this useful.

For Denver, be sure to do dinner and breweries in River North. I would recommend Acorn for dinner. It's in a building called The Source which also houses one of the best sour breweries in the country (as long as you like sours), called Crooked Stave. There are also another dozen or so breweries right in that area within a mile. River North Brewing is worth visiting.

Acorn - Acorn-eclectic American bar and grill in Denver, Colorado
Crooked Stave Artisans - Home

Check the Red Rocks schedule and see if you can catch a concert while you're here. It's the best outdoor music venue in the country. The musicians almost take a back seat to the venue it's so good. Red Rocks Entertainment Concerts

Also worth seeing in Denver is Union Station. It's the historic train station downtown that was recently revamped and has several of my favorite restaurants in it. There's also a bar, coffee shop, and ice cream store.

Welcome to Stoic and Genuine* |* The Freshest Seafood in Denver
Mercantile | Dining & Provision

If you eat there, walk across the bride to Highland and get a cocktail at Williams & Graham.
Home - Williams & Graham

For the cabin, this may sound a little odd, but the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park has a bunch of cabins that are super nice and right at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. https://ymcarockies.org you can set up a base camp there and do day trips to the Park. Estes is cute town with plenty of dining choices. Be forewarned, it is overrun by tourists all summer, but still very manageable.

On your way to or from Estes, be sure to swing through Boulder and visit Avery Brewing for beer and a meal. My wife and I do beer tours all over the country and I have yet to find Avery's equal for offerings at the brewery. https://www.averybrewing.com

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Old 07-01-2017, 11:14 AM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Check Trip Advisor Colorado forum. This subject has come up many times and there are a ton of great suggestions. In addition to the great suggestions made here on C-D!
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Old 07-02-2017, 08:22 AM
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I am confused how you have a cleaning lady who lives in Denver, but you've never been to Colorado in the summertime. My Cleaning Lady needs to get a blood hemoglobin test but has no insurance where can she go that isnt that expensive?
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:33 AM
Location: Colorado
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Mt. Evans - drive to the top of a 14er. MUCH better than Pikes Peak & WAY, WAY cheaper! It used to be free, but I'm thinking it's like $8 now vs around $100 for a car full to go up Pikes Peak.

Red Rocks Amphitheater or Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, so you can enjoy the red rocks we're famous for (which are the ancestral Rocky Mtns).

Dinosaur tracks! Right outside Denver, near Red Rocks.

Dinosaur Ridge - Dinosaur Trail

If you hit Canon City, the Royal Gorge Railroad is fun for all ages & has outdoor cars to enjoy the scenery & indoor to get a break from the sun.


Keep in mind there are vast distances in CO. I love Great Sand Dunes National Monument (highest inland sand dunes in the US) & Mesa Verde Nat'l Park (cliff dwellings on a massive scale). But it's about 7 hours OW from DEN to Mesa Verde, 3 hrs to the Sand Dunes. Steamboat Springs has some lovely hikes & is a cute town & wildflowers I think would be in abundance now in the high country (Rabbit Ears trail is an easy one with a lot of wildflowers).
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