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Old 06-16-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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Hey there,

I am going to be spending a week in Denver this September for work. I have never been to Colorado so thinking about taking an extra few days to explore. I figure I will get a good taste of the city with staying in Denver while I am working. Any suggestions on where to stay to just chill out for a few days, enjoy some good views and hiking? Looks like Boulder and Fort Collins aren't that far. Would those be good places to check out? Sorry I am a complete newbie to researching Colorado. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Hey there,

I am going to be spending a week in Denver this September for work. I have never been to Colorado so thinking about taking an extra few days to explore. I figure I will get a good taste of the city with staying in Denver while I am working. Any suggestions on where to stay to just chill out for a few days, enjoy some good views and hiking? Looks like Boulder and Fort Collins aren't that far. Would those be good places to check out? Sorry I am a complete newbie to researching Colorado. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
Boulder is "interesting". Yes, you should go there. I think you should also try to get up into the mountains a bit; that's where you may see some fall color, especially later in September. In fact, you could go to Boulder and then up to Rocky Mountain National Park. There's hiking everywhere, including at Rocky. I'm not much of a hiker, some others will have to chime in on some other places. Ft. Collins is a little farther than Boulder, though not much really. If you have to choose due to time constraints, I'd pick Boulder.
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Old 06-16-2018, 01:42 PM
 
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Golden is a nice visit too, like the Coors brewery, etc, and Lookout Mountain.
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Old 06-16-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If the weather's not too warm hit up Mount Morrison above Red Rocks. 1.8 miles each way. About 2000' of vertical gain and a little bit of scrambling. Not a lot of shade, but the views from the top are great.

https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7027384

Roxborough State Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and Eldorado Canyon State Park all have excellent hiking and are near Denver and Boulder.
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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What kind of things do you like to do?
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:29 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Come late in Sept and enjoy a very nice and unique Colorado experience.
1.5 hrs nw....
1) elk bugling - plenty near Estes Park /RMNP
2) aspen fall colors. Nearby Estes Park as well. (Steamboat, Gienwood Springs, Maroon Belles if you have an extra weekend.)

Extend the stay into October and go to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and the excellent Cumbres Steam Railway. Very nice during fall season!

During your work week, one afternoon run to Garden of the Gods(before dark), and another day head to Boulder (for evening). Sept Friday eve is great in Boulder. (Fresh crop of college kids...). +/-
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:42 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I live in Florida so a little heat doesn't scare me. Will likely take 3-4 days on my own time to check out the areas around Denver. Main thing I'm looking for is a chill area with some great views, easy to moderate hiking and some cool coffee shops/breweries would be nice but not a must.
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I live in Florida so a little heat doesn't scare me. Will likely take 3-4 days on my own time to check out the areas around Denver. Main thing I'm looking for is a chill area with some great views, easy to moderate hiking and some cool coffee shops/breweries would be nice but not a must.
Don't underestimate the triumvirate of heat, low humidity, and elevation. You'll sweat, but it won't stick to you like it will in Florida. You'll likely feel very thirsty, and depending on how far you head up the mountain you could start to feel the affects of AMS/altitude sickness.

Be ready to change plans at a moment's notice. Depending on the part of September you're here it could be 90 degrees with RH values in the single digits or it could be soggy and damp with temps in the 50s or 60s.
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:34 AM
 
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Don't underestimate the triumvirate of heat, low humidity, and elevation. You'll sweat, but it won't stick to you like it will in Florida. You'll likely feel very thirsty, and depending on how far you head up the mountain you could start to feel the affects of AMS/altitude sickness.

Be ready to change plans at a moment's notice. Depending on the part of September you're here it could be 90 degrees with RH values in the single digits or it could be soggy and damp with temps in the 50s or 60s.
And it could snow in the mountains! Here, too, but far less likely.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:48 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I live in Florida so a little heat doesn't scare me. Will likely take 3-4 days on my own time to check out the areas around Denver. Main thing I'm looking for is a chill area with some great views, easy to moderate hiking and some cool coffee shops/breweries would be nice but not a must.
For nearby... Estes Park (will be a tad sleepy for many activities, but very 'chill' hiking options (RMNP and nearby)

For a more 'expensive / Happening' place... Breckenridge or Vail would be closest. But Glenwood / Carbondale /Aspen would be my 'trendy' choice

CoS (Colorado Springs) is always good for a weekday evening (Garden of Gods hike followed by brews (Coffee or beer))
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