I have enjoyed reading the posts on this forum and am looking forwarding to visiting Colorado in July. We are a family of four with an 18 year old girl and a 9 1/2 year old boy. We like nature, moderate hikes, biking onfairly level ground, water activites, and Mom likes seeing cliff dwellings and Native American dances. (The 18 year old likes more rugged activities).
We would appreciate suggestions and feedback on this itinerary:
July 1 - Fly into Denver and spend the night there.
July 2 - Denver to Buena Vista.
July 3 - Raft on the Arkansas river. (Not sure which trip to go on there, but want level 3.)
July 4 - Buena Vista to Durango. Stay at the Best Western Mountain Shadows or in a Ferringway condo (depending on the price there.) Is Durango nice on the 4th?
July 5 - 8 Stay in Durango and do some day trips - one to Mesa Verde, maybe one to Hovenweep and four corners.
July 10 - Stay in Ouray. Maybe take a jeep tour there.
July 11 - Ouray to Gunnison, stopping at the Black Canyon. Stay at the Best Western Tomichi Village Inn.
July 12 - Gunnison to ??? We were thinking of going to see Garden of the God's and/or Pike's Peak. The Pike's Peak area seems very commercialized, so I'm not sure. Ideas?
Maybe we should just spend more time in the Gunnison area or go somewhere else?
July 13 ???
July 14 - ???
July 15 - Fly home from Denver.
We may slide our vacation forward a few days. I'm not sure if going over the 4th is the best plan. The pros are that it will be fun to see the 4th in a new area. The con is that I'm afraid things may be especially crowded.
Thanks for your ideas,
Diane and Scott