Hello Colorado people! My family (17 and 14 year olds) is planning an 8 night trip either first week of July or second week of August. We would fly into Denver early on a Saturday, and leave late afternoon the following Sunday. I would like to do a loop through Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde (stay Durango) and at least 3 nights Estes Park. Would like to at least have lunch in CS, Boulder, do peak to peak scenic drive, Trail Ridge road, raft (if convenient), and do a few nice hikes. Loved Hanging Lake years ago. Also we would like to limit our overnight to 4 locations. We have been to Ouray , Telluride, and Vail in Summer months before.
I guess I'm trying to figure out how to split up the time. With altitude issues, I'm thinking we head South first. Is it possible to make it to Durango from Colorado Springs with a semi-meaningful stop at GSD? It's just not quite working out on paper. I'm used to working with 2 weeks.
Please, any help is much appreciated.