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Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

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Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Boyfriend and I have a trip planned from 10/14 - 10/20. We will be in Glenwood Spring area until the 18th. We are trying to decide what to do for our last two days. With the goal of getting closer to Denver as we are headed back home to Omaha. We discussed going through aspen headed towards Colorado Springs to say for a few days before heading home and also up to to Estes to stay and visiting Ft Collins on the way home. And suggestions would be appreciated, this trip is all about relaxing. Enjoy biking, hiking, good food and beer. Love the outdoors, staying some where secluded is priority. There are negatives on both sides with the shutdown and the flood, but there are also positives. We can't decide. Other location suggestions are welcome!

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1. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Of those Estes hands down. Colorado Springs is a big city, the 2nd largest in the state. Secluded it is not. Same for Fort Collins. Actually Glenwood is pretty big if secluded is what you are thinking? I'd throw Frisco into the mix. The historic section.

www.bedandbreakfast.com/frisco-colorado.html might give you some ideas.

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2. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Before the floods washed out highway 34 through Big Thompson Canyon, it was an easy and very scenic trip to get from Estes Park to Fort Collins and then be on your way to Omaha. Now that is not the case. You have to go down the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, through Boulder Canyon and Boulder and back north to Fort Collins.

http://mapq.st/16Qmhad

Estes Park is definitely secluded right now and if the government can get its ducks in a row, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park would be secluded, too. You will find some terrific lodging deals in Estes. You should not have trouble finding lodging in any place in Colorado with the timing of your visit. I would wait to see if Washington resolves their disputes. An open RMNP would make a BIG difference in your decision.

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3. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Sorry should of phrased that better. Secluded for overnight, if anyone had any suggestions on cabins. Thank you both for your suggestions.

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4. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Estes Park has a wide variety of cabins from which to choose. The best thing about Estes Park, in our opinion, is Rocky Mountain National Park. In fact, it's one of the best things in Colorado. If D.C. can get their act together before your trip, RMNP is a must see. Otherwise, I'd prefer Ft Collins to the Springs because Ft. Collins has a number of open space areas for hiking and they have a ton of bike trails all over the place.

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5. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

For a mountain cabin location, you definitely want Estes Park. Fort Collins and Colorado Springs are NOT in the mountains. There are many cabins, condos, B&B's and vacation home rentals in Estes Park. People have been very happy with vrbo, homeaway and flipkey for Estes Park.

For Estes Park, this lodging link is a good place to start.

http://estes-park.com/lodging-guide-estes

You can check reviews at this link. Note that cabins/condos are usually under Specialty Lodging.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60945-Estes_Park_Roc…

Some to look at -

Riverwood (very spacious duplex condos so you will still have seclusion)

Rockmount Cottages

Streamside on Fall River

Paradise on the River (look a little small and close together to me, but folks reporting here on TA absolutely love them)

YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center - don't underestimate the "Y." This is a resort with cabins (some built in the last 2 years) on extensive grounds with great mountain views and since their property adjoins RMNP, wildlife frequent the grounds.

Mcgregor Mountain Lodge - great location for wildlife

Windcliff Properties - on the side of a mountain with wonderful views

There are many more.

Edited: 09 October 2013, 15:53
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6. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

Colorado Springs is great, definitely with things closed in the RMNP area that is a concern. For more of a mtn. feel stop in Woodland Park before coming into the Springs. Pikes Peak is a 14'er but there are not multiple ranges as you would see elsewhere if that's your preference.

The Springs have been affected by flooding but otherwise are good for exploring there's lots to see and do there in terms of the hiking and biking--Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon area, Palmer Park, nearby Florissant Fossil Beds, etc. You've got the Wolf Center in Divide (check seasonal schedule) and many museums in the Springs in addition to a plethora of outdoor activities. For a fun treat on the 20th (Sunday) you could catch the amazing and well known Sunday morning brunch at the Broadmoor. You could also do horseback riding at the Broadmoor Stables or in the Garden of the Gods if that would be of interest to you.

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7. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

For ideas of things to do in Estes Park even if RMNP is closed, see my reply #5 at this topic.

tripadvisor.com/…5332962

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8. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

One of my favorite places in Breck is offering a fall special https://www.facebook.com/allairetimbers if that works into your plans. A lovely, romantic lodge within walking distance to town. A secluded feel without being far from things.

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9. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

RMNP opens Saturday, October 12 at noon and will be open at least through Sunday, October 20 just in time for your visit!

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10. Re: Colorado Springs vs. Estes and Ft. Collins

That's the best news, fv! Great timing!

Having lived in both Ft Collins & ColoSpgs, I also would choose Estes hands down for a secluded cabin.

Have fun, cm!