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Whitewater rafting

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Whitewater rafting

We will be visiting Colorado in mid-July and are still determining our itinerary. We are thinking about maybe a few days in Colorado Springs (go up Pikes Peak, visit Garden of the Gods), a few days in Denver (go to the zoo, Natural Museum), and a few days somewhere else, like Telluride, Breckinridge or Aspen. We have two kids (ages 10 and 13), and we're interested in some moderate hiking as well as whitewater rafting. Any suggestions for the best places to go for these activities? Any other activities we should consider?

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I would pick Breck or Aspen over Telluride, just because you'll have more options for rafting then. But Telluride will be less touristy feeling and probably more "Colorado" feel; rustic But Breck and Aspen are just fine.

I think you've got all the highlight activities. You may want to add Elitch's (formerly Six Flags) in Denver as well. It has a waterpark attached. Or, you could spend a whole day at the best waterpark in the nation at Water World near Denver. There's also the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster that may be fun, if they're in to bugs.

You may also want to consider Glenwood Springs. There's a hot springs pool for fun and an "amusement park" there plus some good hiking. It's just an hour from Aspen if you're going there it would be good for a afternoon or day. Might be a little cheaper than Aspen too.

Telluride would have the advantage to visit Mesa Verde if you want to go there, and 4-corners. You could also go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park along your way, but there aren't hotels there, just camping (at least it was this way 10 years ago). Breckenridge you could get to RMNP in a 2.5 hour drive so it's doable for a (long) day trip.

Remember when hiking to take it easy because of the altitude; especially for the first few days you're here. Take water and don't be afraid to turn around and go down if you see thunderstorms rolling in.

http://www.waterworldcolorado.com/

http://www.butterflies.org/

http://www.elitchgardens.com/

http://www.hotspringspool.com/

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Thanks for the wonderful suggestions!

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