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Old 03-03-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: New Zealand
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We need newly dated one buddy! I enjoyed all your pictures you posted. Thanks for sharing the same one's again (hehe) .
Haha. A new baby and new ACL didn't really give much chance to go on long hikes/rides with the camera this summer. And enjoying the great snow too much to stop and take pictures this winter.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: CO
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Here's another thread that's talking about getaways from Denver:

Denver- Give me no Bull!
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: North Denver Metro
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As cliche as it may be, nothing beats a drive to Mt. Evans on a hot summer day in Denver. Not only does it never get above 60 up there (although it can feel much warmer under intense sunshine), the views are spectacular on clear days. I would recommend doing it during the week as weekends are VERY popular and can be frustrating with people who are nervous to navigate the road. In general, the road is open from Memorial Day (sometime a week or two earlier depending on snow conditions) to Labor Day (sometimes a week or two later depending on snow conditions). There is a $10.00 fee to drive to the top - the money used for road maintenance. It is paved to just below the summit (there is a parking area at about 14,100') and it's a short hike to the actual summit (14,264'). Prepare yourself with a windbreaker and a heavier jacket as it can be very chilly any time of year. Snow is not uncommon even in late July. The drive to the summit from Denver will take about 2 hours, as you will likely want to take pictures and stop to just take it all in. Mt. Evans has the highest paved road in North America and should be seen at least once so you can say you've been there. It's gorgeous, even if it is a touristy area. Rocky Mountain Bighorn and mountain goats are common along the road. Please do not feed them (even though most motorists do). Take your pictures and move along.

A drive over Guanella Pass (on the west side of Georgetown) is also beautiful. The views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans (and the Sawtooth connecting the two summits) is breathtaking, as is the view of Square Top Mountain on the west side of the pass. Guanella Pass is generally open year-round as people live along the road - as always, weather permitting.

Trail Ridge Road is also very popular and is the highest continuous paved road in North America (it summits at around 12,900'). The season for this road is similar to Mt. Evans and is subject to closure during inclement weather (it is quite frequent during the summer). A visit to CDOT's website will detail any closures.

There are many beautiful and [still] unspoiled areas in Colorado, despite what some more negative posters may advise. Even the areas frequented by tourists are beautiful and you can ALWAYS find a little niche to yourself to enjoy a lunch or just sit and breathe it in.

All of the areas I've outlined can be reached in less than two hours from Denver, Trail Ridge being the furthest. I advise visiting any of these during the work week (if possible), as all 3 of these areas can be buzzing with activity on weekends (sometimes to the point of non-enjoyment). There are many other areas, but these are all very accessible and well worth it.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Vail isn't too far from Denver(what? 30? 45min?) and has skiing.
Cherry Creek State Park seems to have a lot of nice spring/summer type activities.

Vail is 100 miles from denver, and can take anywhere from 2-4 hours.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:28 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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Hrm.. seemed closer when I left Denver a few weeks back.. maybe thats because iw as on a 2 day roadtrip lol
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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I always say that Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to visit. I love it and go there every year in th summer (twice a year some times). Great views, hikes, and places for photos. Another one is Mount Evans. Both of them are better to see in June as they may not be (open) due to snow/altitude in may.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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All of the places mentioned thus far are fantastic. . . here are some of our family faves:

- Picnic at the Garden of the Gods en route to camping near Woodland Park. We like the Colorado Campground -- there is a paved, relatively flat, bike path nearby (we have small kids) and a fishing pond.

- Red Feather Lakes (west of Ft. Collins). We like Dowdy Lakes. Great camping and we've had good luck fishing.

- Tunnel Creek Campground near Chambers Lake (west of Ft. Collins). It's chilly and off the beaten path, but gorgeous. Great hiking in the Rawah Wilderness.

- Cripple Creek area -- it's a fun little casino town.

- For a longer weekend, drive to Buena Vista and go over Cottonwood Pass (in the summer). There is great camping near the Taylor Res and toward Gunnison. Also, heading into Crested Butte for the day (esp. during the Wildflower Festival) is a nice detour.

- For a small taste of Cali (Nebraska style), drive to Like McConaughy north of Ogallala, NE. It's about 3.5 hrs from Denver (tons of Denverites flock there each weekend). The beaches have beautiful sand (due to the natural sand hills). It's a good place to boat, water ski, jet ski, etc. I like camping at Lake Ogallala nearby.

We love to camp all over the state and take day trips when possible, but we still have SO much to see (and we've been here for four years). I'm guessing that we could live here for 40 more years and still not see all of the breathtaking areas of this gorgeous state.
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