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3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

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3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

Hi,

First time to CO, will have a good 3 weeks to spend in the area this August and trying to select a couple of areas to go camping. Traveling in dually trucks with 5th wheels, age from 20s to 70s.

One of the areas we had selected was Colorado Springs, but after doing lots of reading here and elsewhere we're not so sure anymore.

Southeast has Mesa Verde, Telluride, San Juan Ntl Forest, and Durango/Silverton railroad. Maybe stay around Durango, but we'd like to be in or near the mountains when we camp.

Aspen (Maroon Bells is a must see we've heard) or Breckenridge could be another great area to be in the mountains. Or do we go to Rocky Mountain Ntl Park instead and get access to Denver?

We could add Colorado Springs as a third stop, but we're wondering if it's worth it. We are from the DC area, have been to Yellowstone and the Smokey Mountains, so would like to see something different. We like great scenery, antiques, arts and crafts stores and galleries, good yet affordable local restaurants, and wineries/breweries. Aside from scenic driving and light hiking (with dogs if possible), maybe try the hot springs, ziplining, fishing, ATV.

Still leaning towards 2 stops max though. If all of Colorado is similar, we'd be open to hit Utah (Bryce Canyon perhaps) first and then just one stop in CO, but I doubt that's the case.

Any thoughts/advice on where and how many days to stay? Again, total of about 3 weeks in CO.

Thanks,

Frank

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1. Re: 3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

Wow, 3 weeks. You are one lucky dude. With 2 weeks most people are really pushing the limits so with that extra week you will find the time to see many great sites. And, no, not all of CO is the same. It's just that Aspen and Telluride and Vail get the advertising as far as mountain towns and Denver and CO Spgs. for the cities. Southwest (not Southeast) CO is a good place to start. SE CO is ranching/farming country on the plains. SW is Durango/Silverton/Ouray/Telluride and more. You could easily make Durango your headquarters for a while and see not only some of CO's great wonders but also some of what is called the 4 Corners area. Mesa Verde, narrow gauge railroads (2 are in the area), nice lakes for fishing, Native American Pueblos in NM, white water rafting, hiking, horse back riding, zip lines, some great geology. Oh my gosh, the food in northern NM is soooo good (I used to live in NM and really miss the food). The National Geographic webpage has some info you might find of use - …nationalgeographic.com/travel/…

Sounds like a good trip for a family. Hope you take away some good memories.

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2. Re: 3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

here's a great camping in Colorado link I found the other day:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28927-i252-k74674…

My suggestions too would be SW CO locations and include in that Crested Butte, CO www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com

in nearby Gunnison: http://www.gunnisonbrewery.com/ and in Crested Butte:

http://www.eldobrewpub.com/

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3. Re: 3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

Bryce Canyon is fantastic if you get the chance I recommend going there as well!

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4. Re: 3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

Thanks everybody!

If we just pick one additional place to stay besides the SW (Durango) area, which one would you pick to get a different type of mountain scenery (and good options in terms of antiques, arts and crafts stores and galleries, good yet affordable local restaurants, and wineries/breweries)?

And how many days would you spend in each area given a total of 3 weeks?

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5. Re: 3 week vacation in Aug, which areas to stay in?

Just based on the three week option and diversity I would say visit the Estes Park area and take in RMNP then you could enjoy the breweries around Fort Collins including the highly sought after New Belgium Brewing tour!

Golden, CO west of Denver would be doable at some point and they have Coors and a nice downtown to explore.

In Fort Collins area also is Budweiser and the horses (clydesdales) are housed there when not on tour (they're gone a lot though). That's another area option as well as local brewpub/breweries to check out.

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