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Old 01-18-2018, 11:45 AM
 
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Looking to spend first week in June at either of these places with the family. Which one is best, is do see positives in each one.

And, can you recommend a lodge/hotel for each spot.
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Old 01-18-2018, 03:06 PM
 
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Looking to spend first week in June at either of these places with the family. Which one is best, is do see positives in each one.

And, can you recommend a lodge/hotel for each spot.
In C/S The Broadmoor- easy decision!

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Old 01-18-2018, 04:15 PM
 
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Trail Ridge Road is usually open just shortly before then but hiking in the park may still involve walking on snow (or calling it off at some point). Same could be said of Mt. Evans.


Are you mainly focused on outdoor activities or lodge / town activities? Looking for low / middle / high end accommodations?
Estes, if you plan to spend most time out & about or want the views / mtn feel from lodge. COS if you and your family want a wide variety of activities or least options.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:37 PM
 
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They are two incredibly different places, and it is easy to occupy oneself well in either of them.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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If you want a wider variety of things to do and see, go to Colorado Springs. If you want to focus on being in a 'mountain town' and going to Rocky Mountain National Park then go to Estes.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Looking to spend first week in June at either of these places with the family. Which one is best, is do see positives in each one.

And, can you recommend a lodge/hotel for each spot.
Who is in "the family", i.e., ages?

What does the family like do to?

What are your/your family's interests? I can't tell you which is "best" unless I know what it is you want to do.

You can do your own internet search and find lots of positives for each. For this forum's purposes, you are asking us to compare two very dissimilar places. CS is a big city of almost half a million people and it sits at the base of Pike's Peak but is not in the mountains. There is plenty to do there, both natural and man-made. Search on this forum and the TripAdvisor Colorado forum for tons of suggestions. Estes Park is a town of a little over 6,000 that is located in the mountains near the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. A lot of natural beauty plus some small-town touristy stuff.

What is your budget for lodging? Any other criteria?
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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Who is in "the family", i.e., ages?

What does the family like do to?

What are your/your family's interests? I can't tell you which is "best" unless I know what it is you want to do.
Ages? / Agility ? Hiking / fishing / camping?
You can do your own internet search and find lots of positives for each. For this forum's purposes, you are asking us to compare two very dissimilar places. CS is a big city of almost half a million people and it sits at the base of Pike's Peak but is not in the mountains. There is plenty to do there, both natural and man-made. Search on this forum and the TripAdvisor Colorado forum for tons of suggestions. Estes Park is a town of a little over 6,000 that is located in the mountains near the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. A lot of natural beauty plus some small-town touristy stuff.

What is your budget for lodging? Any other criteria?
Many Nebraska families really like Estes Park (for the last 50+ yrs) For outdoor centric 'true' (?) Colorado experience (centered within the mountains). They get a cabin or campsite and spend 'family' time in the National Park, and in the town. Trail rides, and Chuckwagon dinners are available. (as is mtn biking and jeep tours)

There are better (less touristy) spots, but for EZ / quick access, variety of options, and waking up to Mtn / crisp air & beauty... EP is quite nice. (and LOTS of ELK... 28 at McDonalds for 'Happy Meals' on my last trip a few weeks ago)

CoS is a nice 'city' with quick access to activities / areas of interest.

OP, please provide age and interests / abilities, and we will be able to provide more specific info.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:04 AM
 
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Thank you for the responses.

Kids are 19 and 23, last big family trip.

We've decided on both. We will stay one night at the Stanley one night in Estes, and then work our way down to COS. Wife wants an embassy suites type of place, and COS has this option. (gives the kids their own space in the room). Stay 4 nights in COS. Do the kitchy stuff, pikes peak, and cripple creek. Not sure about the snow cover in early June, so hiking may be at a minimum.
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Estes is beautiful, but I generally avoid it like the plague between Memorial Day and Labor Day because both it and RMNP are absolutely overrun with people. The traffic is terrible, and there's nothing in the way of solitude. It's not enjoyable to me at all.
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Old 01-19-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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Er, yeah, I meant Pikes Peak, not Mount Evans.


If you still needed more activity while at CoS, could consider rafting the Arkansas river, or just looking at Royal George, Bishop Castle near Rye or Great Sand Dunes (about a 2 hour drive). Princeton Hot Springs (near Buena Vista).


The local parks right around CoS are nice too. Garden of the Gods? Seven Falls? Or drive up Tarryall Creek road north of Lake George (if in decent condition)? Or drive by Sangre de Christos range for some views, maybe a picnic, short hike? Manitou Springs window shopping?

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