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Weekend in Colorado

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Weekend in Colorado

Me and my girlfriend are interested in vacationing in Evergreen area sometime early next year (January, February, March) Do you think this is the best city to be in that is close to Denver and access to nice ski resorts. We like to hike and look at the mountains so anything outdoors would be amazing! Also to find interesting things to do in the city and interesting tour guides. Not sure if we want to get a rental car or if its easier to just Uber everywhere. Thanks for the help!!!!!!

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1. Re: Weekend in Colorado

Are you planning to go skiing? Do you want to go on a sleigh ride, snowmobiling, snow tubing or dog sledding? Hiking in the mountains in winter generally means snowshoeing or cross country skiing or at a minimum using traction devices depending on trail conditions. As others commented on your other post, if you want to enjoy winter activities, you will either need to rent a car or consider some of the many transportation options I listed in my replies #2 and #3 on this topic.

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2. Re: Weekend in Colorado

Travis M, you have two contradictory posts running simultaneously. Here you're asking about Evergreen as a place to visit Denver and ski. On another you're asking about Denver. Neither is a good place for skiing. Not sure what there is to do in Evergreen without a rental car.

If you want to ski, I would suggest taking a shuttle from the airport to a ski resort and spending your vacation there.

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3. Re: Weekend in Colorado

OK thanks guys . Sorry about the multiple posts I was just pretty undecided on what I wanted to do . We will probably rent a car .

We just need recommendations on ski resorts and light hiking locations for one day in our trip not to far out of the way from Denver. Then use the other days to explore downtown Denver and what its has to offer.

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Also for places to stay we are thinking about going the air bnb route , Evergreen seems cool ,what other good options are available ?

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If you are interested in winter activities such as the ones I listed, look at Frisco. Main Street Frisco is charming.

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If you stay on or very near Main Street, you are walking distance to shops and restaurants.

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The closest ski resort town (as opposed to ski area) to Evergreen is Breckenridge. If your trip is over a weekend, commuting to Breckenridge from Evergreen along I-70 could be extremely busy and slow.

https://goo.gl/maps/MT2MpoLpioK2

https://goi70.com/travel

Colorado has traction laws. It is your responsibility to make sure that your rental car meets the requirements. Rental cars do not come with snow tires. You can not put chains on a rental car. Some (but not all) rental cars do have mud/snow (M+S) rated tires.

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It probably would make more sense to stick to one thread. I'm getting confused on what you want.

If you want to do things in Denver, then stay in Denver. If you want to ski, then stay near a ski area. Evergreen is a nice place, but still pretty far to drive to skiing. And, if you want to sample some of the many fun beer pubs, then you probably don't want to drive to Evergreen when there are so many cool places to stay in Denver.

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Skiing is a winter activity. Hiking is a summer activity. Hiking in the winter means snowshoeing. That what you want?

Given you want to come in winter I think you really want to ski. You have lots of choices. Summit county has four ski areas in close proximity - Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, Arapahoe Basin. And several towns - Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne. They have a decent bus system, so if you get a shuttle up there you have a way to get around. I wouldn't count on Uber/Lyft in the mountain towns. There are numerous other choices.

Come in February or March for the best snow.

Spend a night or two in downtown Denver if you want to experience the city. Do it before heading up to the mountains if you're coming from the lowlands.

But if you're just coming for two or three nights, you can't do everything. If skiing is the focus, Breckenridge is a good choice. A real town, so lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Ski area and a good (though expensive) one.

If I understand your desires, then, no, Evergreen is not a good choice. Not a bad place, but not what you're looking for.

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Ok thanks guys, so I am thinking about staying in Breckinridge for the opportunity to ski and still have a nice mountain town to enjoy. Evergreen doesn't seem like a good option at the moment.

Our plan is to arrive in Denver early Friday afternoon, and do a little sightseeing and grab a bite to eat before driving the Breckenridge in the evening.

On Saturday, we would probably try and do some skiing and spend some time enjoying what Breckinridge has to offer.

As for Sunday, we were thinking about driving the Rocky Mountain NP do you guys think it would be worth the drive? If not, where would be some good places to do some light hikes, get some great photographs and admire the wildlife ? I don’t mind driving, but if we don’t need to drive as much obviously that would be better.

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Very little of Rocky Mountain National Park is open on the western side in winter. Trail Ridge Road is really the only road into RMNP from the west side and that road is open only 10 miles to the Colorado River Trailhead in winter. From Breckenridge to the western entrance to RMNP is about a 2 hour drive. The western side of RMNP (especially in winter) is more about the Kawuneeche Valley and less about the dramatic mountain views that make RMNP so famous. Any hiking on the western side would be snowshoeing or cross country skiing.

https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/uploa…

To see more of RMNP in winter, you would need to drive 3 hours from Breckenridge to the eastern side of RMNP. This route travels the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

https://goo.gl/maps/HuVwuaHoSX62

Once you get to Estes Park, this scenic route through Estes Park and RMNP is open year round weather permitting.

https://goo.gl/maps/W4sFGPcptCG2

You can read more about this scenic route here.

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Again, you will need snowshoes or at least traction devices to hike the more popular trails on the eastern side of RMNP in winter. Because the eastern side of RMNP is the drier side and because of the varying elevations on the eastern side, some trails can frequently be hiked year round with boots with good tread. It all depends on trail conditions, accumulated snow and how recently it has snowed. Snow comes and goes in Estes Park and the lower elevations of RMNP on the east side.

East side winter hikes and Bear Lake area winter trails guide

https:/…winter_hike.htm

https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/uploa…

Several places in Estes Park rent snowshoes, microspikes and other equipment you might need - Estes Park Mountain Shop, Warming House, Kirk's Mountain Adventures and Hiking Hut.

I don't know when you plan to fly out of DIA but as you can see, you may not have time to visit the east side of RMNP from Breckenridge and then get back to DIA in time for a departing flight on Sunday evening. From Estes Park, these would be your quickest route options back to DIA if avoiding the E-470 toll road.

https://goo.gl/maps/53vaCUCaSEs

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