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where to stay for first time to Colorado

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where to stay for first time to Colorado

Hello,

I want to visit Colorado for 10 days in August and this is the first time for me to visit Colorado. I like nature and I want to know what is the best place to stay and I need like villa or apartment because we are 6 persons.

thanks

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1. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Hello, Amoon F and welcome to the Colorado forums.

With 10 days, you may want to consider staying in two or three locations. This gives you the opportunity to see more different sights and scenery without spending quite so much time in the car driving back and forth. Colorado is a big state!

Can you give us a little more information? That will help us to give you the best suggestions. Is your plan to fly in to Denver? Do you plan to rent a car? How far are you comfortable driving in a day? (Or did you want to travel by another means?) Does your 10 days include your arrival day and departure day so that you'll have 8 full days to explore? Do you have children in your party? Besides being out in nature, are there other activities your family or group would like to do or sights you'd like to see? (Train ride, river rafting, horseback riding, jeep tour, scenic drives, national or state parks and monuments, museums, ghost town, hiking, alpine slide, zip line, bicycling, hot springs, fly fishing and more)

One of the most popular plans for visitors is to stay their first night or two in or near Denver, then visit Estes Park (very close to Rocky Mountain National Park) and another location or two, making a loop trip back to Denver. The other locations might be Grand Lake, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs/Aspen, the Buena Vista/ Salida area, or Colorado Springs.

Edited: 22 January 2014, 13:27
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2. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Thanks a lot for reply

Thank you very much

To be hnoest I have no problem to stay close or far to Denver and I will be coming to the states from Canada. I have in total 20 days, I'm thinking to spend 10 days in Colorado state and other 10 days in other state but I didn't decide which state and I have no problem to spend more than 10 days in Colorado.

We will rent van because we are 6 and myfather can drive 3 to 4 hours in a day but not more than 4 hours.

My family nature, scenic drive, train ride, shopping, national parks and seeing caves

I have no problem to stay in more than one area

Could you suggest to me what to visit and where to stay

Thanks a lot

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3. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

I'll retrace some of out 10 day road trip from a few years back to give you some ideas. Now, our trip also took in The Grand Canyon and Utah, but more than half was in CO. You'll get a lot of good advice from the DEs on Colorado. I'll give you a perspective of one who planned and did a once in a lifetime trip.

With 10 days I'd head to SW CO. It can be done with no more than 4 hours driving per day.

From Denver head to Buena Vista. Take I70 to US route 6 and go over Loveland Pass for a very scenic route. Stop at the top of the COntinental Divide. There are areas with no guardrail and dropoffs, so if that is not your cup of tea, skip this. Then take CO 91 south to Leadville. The town is surrounded by 14k foot mountains and sits about 2 miles about sea level. From Leadville pick up I24 south to BUena Vista. You'll be driving along scenic mountains the entire way. A little over 3 hours drive time from the airport. Overnight in Buena Vista. I recommend VIsta Court Cabins as a place to stay and Quincy's for dinner if you like steak. Can't beat the price for filet mignon or prime rib. Goes about $1 per ounce.

From Buena VIsta, head to Durango. Take US 285 south along the collegiate peaks. You can detour to Alamosa and stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Then head west across Wolf Creek Pass on US 160. Overnight in Durango at least 2 nights, maybe 3. Take a ride on the Durango & Siverton one day. You can ride the train both ways or there are combination packages that you can do. Visit their website for details. On a second day go to Mesa Verde. Spend the day there and return to Durango, or stay in Mesa Verde or Cortez.

At this point we headed off to the Grand Canyon and Utah and returned to CO at Grand Junction. Had we stayed in CO, we would have done what I describe below.

Staying in Durango or Cortez depends on what you want to do with the next leg. If white knuckle driving with unbelievable scenery is fine with you, return to Durango and drive north on US550, the Million Dollar Highway, to Ouray. Or from Cortez take the western loop of the San Juan Scenic Skyway for a very scenic and non white knuckle trip and stop in Telluride. From Cortez take CO 145 north. After Telluride take CO 61 in Placerville up to Ridgeway. From there you can get to Ouray without the white knuckle part. Stay in Ouray or Telluride for a night.

As an alternative you could also head into Utah on US491 and US 191 north to Moab for 2 nights and take in Canyonlands and Arches then to Grand Junction and the CO National Monument, the down to Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Ouray. Then had across US 50 eastbound to I25 to CO Springs and Pikes Peak..

Next day head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison then head to Grand Junction to overnight. Next day take in the CO National Monument then head east and overnight at Glenood Springs. Take in the hot springs.

Next day head out of Glenwood Springs across I70 to Frisco and take CO 9 south through Breckenridge. South of Breckinride pick up US 24 east to overnight in Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs for a visit to Pikes Peak. Take the cog railway.

From here you return to Denver and the airport.

This route has drive times of 4 hours or less (not counting stopping to view scenery)

Here are links to places I mentioned:

http://www.vistacourtcabins.com/

http://quincystavern.com/

http://www.durangotrain.com/

Mesa Verde http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm

https://www.google.com/search?q=million+dollar+highway&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=kzPhUt-OCuHjsATQroDYCw&ved=0CDAQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=861

http://www.telluride-co.gov/

http://www.ouraycolorado.com/

Black Canyon of the Gunnison http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

CO National Monument http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

http://www.discovermoab.com/

Canyonlands National Park http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm

Arches National Park http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

http://www.visitglenwood.com/

http://cograilway.com/aboutpikespeak.htm

If you are going to go to more than 1 National Park, get the Annual Pass.

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4. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

I'd suggest one small change to Dave's itinerary. From Denver take 285 south route http://tinyurl.com/pynsjxc

stay in Salida, it is much cuter than Buena Vista IMO. There are numerous options on VRBO , great dining, fishing, rafting, hiking, biking, galleries. Or check out nearby http://www.mtprinceton.com great place and close enough to drive into Salida for a meal.

http://www.nowthisiscolorado.com

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5. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Alli is one of the great CO DEs - wouldn't steer you wrong.

From one who planned a once in a lifetime trip, there is so much to see and it is hard to go wrong no matter what route you choose.

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6. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Wow thanks Dave!!

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7. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

I would substitute Rocky Mountain National Park for Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. From Glenwood Springs, head to Grand Lake and overnight there. The next morning, drive and explore all the many overlooks and short, easy walks along Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. You will have great chances to see elk, moose, bighorn sheep, deer and many little critters. Spend the night in Estes Park. It is about a 90 minute drive from Estes Park back to DIA. Avoid the E-470 toll road around DIA or the rental car company will assess you a hefty surcharge in addition to the toll.

Link for Rocky Mountain National Park

www.nps.gov/romo

Google maps and mapquest can be very helpful tools when planning a trip.

https://maps.google.com/

www.mapquest.com

As an example, here is a link showing you the Glenwood Springs/RMNP/DIA part of your trip without the E-470 toll road.

http://mapq.st/LZtnjy

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8. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Not a bad recommendation by fv1989, either. Like I said, so much to see with limited time. You're going to have to whittle down the choices to what you can see in the time frame you have and the amount of driving you want to do. Sometimes this means eliminating things you want to see/do. Been there, done that.

Edited: 24 January 2014, 13:27
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9. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

Hello,

Thanks a lot for replies. There is really useful information. I have read all posts and did my own search and I’m interested to see the cities below:

1- Arriving at Denver airport

2- Go to Colorado Springs to see Pike's Peak and Garden of the Gods and stay 2 nights. Is it better to stay in Colorado Springs or Salida???

3- Go to Durango to visit Mesa Verde and ride a train between the towns of Durango and Silverton along the Animas River and stay 2 nights.

4- Go to Telluride because the nature looks great there and stay one night.

5- Go to Aspen and see Maroon Bells and stay 2 nights. Is Aspen Worth to visit or should I substitute it with other city??

6- Go to Estes Park and stay 2 nights.

I have questions if you could help me with:

1- Is my plan good? Really I need your suggestions.

2- I’m interested in riding hot air balloon and I want to know what is the best area in Colorado for riding hot air balloon?

3- I’ve read that the rafting activity is everywhere in Colorado and I want to know what is best area for that activity??

4- I would like to go to Safari or forest and is there any in Colorado??

5- Is there interesting Mines and beautiful waterfall to visit in Colorado?

6- My last questions I want to know the best areas for shopping ??

I'm sorry for asking many questions and thanks a lot

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10. Re: where to stay for first time to Colorado

I can address a couple of your questions.

2. If you want to go to Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs or nearby Manitou Springs is the place to stay. Salida is quite a distance unless that is your plan after visiting Pikes Peak.

Near Silverton CO is the Old 100 Mine. You won't have enough time on the train stopover to do this so you would have to arrange some kind of package. THere is a package on the Durango and SIlverton site that includes this. "Historic Silverton Mining Tour"

durangotrain.com/packages/tour-packages/hist…

You'll be driving through mountains and forest all throughtout Colorado. I'm not aware of any Safaris as you might be thinking of the type that are done in Africa. Spotting wildlife in Colorado is a matter of being at the right place at the right time. There will be opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park which you have on your itinerary.