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Old 03-10-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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I'm going to do four days of sightseeing in Colorado. I was wandering where I should go and what I should see. I've been to most places in Arizona, but never Colorado. So basically I am going to drive, stop, see, and find a hotel to stay for the night.

My interest are outdoorsy type things such as hiking and what not, admiring natures beauty, historical stuff, and anything interesting or pretty worth seeing. Could you guys give me some help please??

Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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Some of it depends on what season you are visiting in?
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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First of May.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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1) Rocky Mountain National Park. It's a beautiful mountain setting, green. It's the idea most people have of "Colorado mountains."

2) Weminuche Wilderness/San Juan mountains. The San Juan mountains are a large, rugged, isolated and extensive range covering much of the southern part of the state. Take your pick and approach them from the east (South Fork, CO), the southeast (Pagosa Springs), the southwest (Durango), or the northwest (Ouray.) Plenty of spectacular hiking and camping.

3) The hot springs. There's several popular hot springs. They're all good. Take your pick of Ouray, Pagosa Springs, or Glenwood Springs.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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First of May.
The Rocky Mountain National Park should be opening around that time, depending on when Trail Ridge Road gets plowed.

I'd go out of Denver to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Granby, Kremmling, Steamboat Springs, Vail, down 24 to Leadville, Buena Vista, Salida, Monte Vista, South Fork, Lake City and back up to the Black Canyon to Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Canyon and back to Denver.

If you have the time you can always loop down to Durango.

Hiking at the high elevations will be more difficult as there may still be snow and ice, however some of the hiking trails around Glenwood Canyon and Black Canyon and other similar lower elevation places should be alright. Rafting will be getting started around the state.

In terms of history, Colorado was mostly a frontier state until 50 years ago and arguably still is in a way. So most history revolves around mining in the late 1800's and there are some ghost towns like St. Elmo that can be visited. The Colorado history museum in downtown Denver is interesting.

Another good drive is Independence Pass from Twin Lakes over the pass, past the ghost town of Independence and down into Aspen.

What to avoid is everything east of I-25. Mostly all there is to see is irrigated farms, scrub brush and grass.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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"The Rocky Mountain National Park should be opening around that time, depending on when Trail Ridge Road gets plowed."


Just want to clarify -- Rocky Mountain National Park is open all year-round. It doesn't "close". Perhaps you meant that Trail Ridge road is closed? They always try to have it open by Memorial Day weekend, but there is not much chance of it being open the first of May.
I'd highly recommend vising RMNP even if TRR isn't open all the way and you can't drive over to Grand Lake. You can still hike and take in the spectacular beauty, see wildlife, etc.

Also Independence Pass will not be open in early May. Again, usually opens at the end of May/early June. Sorry!

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Old 03-10-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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Another good drive is Independence Pass
Probably won't be open at that time (early May)
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:46 PM
 
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If you stay in Glenwood springs be sure to check out Hanging Lake. Its one of my favorite places.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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"The Rocky Mountain National Park should be opening around that time, depending on when Trail Ridge Road gets plowed."


Just want to clarify -- Rocky Mountain National Park is open all year-round. It doesn't "close". Perhaps you meant that Trail Ridge road is closed? They always try to have it open by Memorial Day weekend, but there is not much chance of it being open the first of May.
I'd highly recommend vising RMNP even if TRR isn't open all the way and you can't drive over to Grand Lake. You can still hike and take in the spectacular beauty, see wildlife, etc.

Also Independence Pass will not be open in early May. Again, usually opens at the end of May/early June. Sorry!
Yes I understand that RMNP is open year round, but for the majority of people out there they are not going to be trekking into the backcountry when they are doing a 4 day trip throughout Colorado.

Also, sorry, but Independence Pass does open in early May depending on the snow that year. I know because I have been over it over a 100 times, many times in early May.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Yes I understand that RMNP is open year round, but for the majority of people out there they are not going to be trekking into the backcountry when they are doing a 4 day trip throughout Colorado.

Also, sorry, but Independence Pass does open in early May depending on the snow that year. I know because I have been over it over a 100 times, many times in early May.
From October 29, 2009 (this past fall):
Independence Pass Remains Closed for the Season (http://www.coloradodot.info/news/news-releases/independence-pass-remains-closed-for-the-season - broken link)

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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will keep Independence Pass closed for the season—ahead of the regularly scheduled goal date of November 7 (which would have occurred on November 6 this year, a Friday).

The pass had closed on October 27, at 3 P.M., due to a winter storm warning and heavy snow predicted above 8,000. Heavy winds and continued snowfall have deemed the pass unsafe for motorists and workers alike. This closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, approximately 18 miles.

The 12,095-foot pass is closed for the winter every year for the safety of the traveling public. It is often closed temporarily before the goal date—last year, the pass closed for the season on November 7. Each spring, CDOT plans the opening of Independence Pass for Memorial Day weekend in May, weather permitting.
Note that each spring, CDOT plans the opening of Independence Pass for Memorial Day weekend in May, weather permitting.
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