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Old 09-23-2018, 11:38 AM
 
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The fiance and I will be taking our honeymoon in Colorado, in July 2019. We want to do a lot of hiking and outdoorsy things, but want to be close enough that we can go shopping and to nice restaurants. I was looking at Estes park, but is that where the best hiking it? Can you recommend a city please? Thanks so much.
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Old 09-23-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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Estes Park is a beautiful, quaint mountain town with a nice little downtown and access to RMNP. It's a little over an hour to Boulder, and from there you're less than an hour to Denver itself.

You could do a lot worse.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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RMNP is a great place and Estes Park is a cute town. In July, however, it seems half the world is there. Getting into restaurants - even on weekdays - is a challenge. The shopping is touristy because, well, 95% of those present are tourists. Only the most remote trails will be uncrowded.

Good hiking is to be had many places, and yes, RMNP is high on many lists. But I think if all other things are equal (they never are, of course), I would prefer Durango. The downside may be the distance to Denver, of course, but it is slightly less crowded, a wider choice of good trails are at hand, and the quality of the restaurants and shopping are comparable to Estes Park.

If proximity to Denver is important you should at least consider the Colorado Springs area, maybe specifically Manitou Springs? And the Vail - Breckenridge area suggests itself.

On a related note, I myself honeymooned in the mountains many years ago, back when we had to be worried about mastodons on the trails. Our first night in the mountains was in Estes Park, where my bride of two days promptly came down with altitude sickness.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Where are you coming from? (and by which mode) Air, car, train...
What level hiking do you want to do?
Other interests?

Budget?
How many days in CO?

CO is pretty packed in July, and Estes Park is a popular spot for families (But has a wide variety of options for hiking and lodging and food)

For a QUIET honeymoon, consider Winter Park (ski centric, summer is not so busy), as it will not be as crowded, but not as many options for other entertainment.

We like Hot Springs, so Glenwood or Steamboat work for Colorado. and close to hiking.

We did our first week of honeymoon in Estes Park, then headed out for a month elsewhere. The cabin in Estes near the rippling stream was quite special. IIRC, it was above EP on Fall River Road, but before RMNP entrance. It's been 40 yrs, just met a San Diego Couple who spent their Honeymoon in EP, the same weekend 40 yrs ago.
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Old 09-23-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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Estes isn't quite as crowded during the week as it is on weekends, so it may be doable. Once you get a little farther out on the trail, there are fewer people around. The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, about 1/2 hour from Estes, is fun and entertaining, with lots of neat restaurants. Don't plan on buying anything practical though. For that, you'll have to go to the 29th St. Mall in Boulder, or FlatIron Crossing Mall in Broomfield.
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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If budget weren't an option I would consider Cloud Camp at the top of Cheyenne Mountain - owned by The Broadmoor. But if you want something kind of your own thing I think Estes could be a really nice choice. Crested Butte is supposed to be great that time of year also. If you want to do something different, check out St. Elmo.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I would be looking at Aspen or Telluride.
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Old 09-24-2018, 10:46 PM
 
Location: MN
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Telluride, that’s where we went for ours. Along with Aspen, Crested Butte, and Blackhawk, but nothing topped Telluride. Stayed at Hotel Madeline and can ride the gondola to town for free all day/evening.
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Flying in, driving in, or taking train? Time you are planning to actually be in CO? Those can be significant factors on where you might want to consider going.
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