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Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

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Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

We stay in Estes Park for a week each summer and love it. We spend most of our week hiking, with a day of shopping/mini golf etc. as well. This year we have extra time at the end of our week.

We will leave Estes on a Friday and not have to leave for Nebraska until Sunday morning. We're looking for suggestions for that time. We've thought about Breckenridge or driving West over Trail Ridge Road, but don't know where to stay or what there is to do. Our kids are 5, 8, and 10 and love outdoorsy activities or just activity in general. They also love museums. Any ideas for us?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

Colorado Springs has a great balance of outdoorsy and museums with the Rock Ledge Living History by Garden of the Gods, Pro Rodeo Museum, Figure Skating Museum, Money Museum, Olympic Training Center, Air Force Academy to tour and it has a museum area as well (and place to eat). Then there's Pikes Peak (Cog Railway), Cave of the Winds, Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo/Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun (unique location and bonus on the hill above), Helen Hunt Falls (free) and Starsmore Discovery Center and Seven Falls.

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3. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

www.visitcos.com

nearby Woodland Park is gorgeous and boasts a dinosaur museum

Wolf Center in Divide

Florissant Fossil Beds

Canon City--rafting, and train ride

Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek.

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4. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

Thanks for the suggestions. We've "done" Colorado Springs the past couple of years, and it was great!

Right now I'm thinking we'll drive Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake and then head back toward Denver. Has anyone stayed in Grand Lake or anywhere on the way back from Grand Lake to Denver? Also, any train rides anywhere along that route? Any towns or stops worth making on the trip back? We'll have all day Friday and Saturday to go from Grand Lake to Denver.

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5. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

The Georgetown Loop railroad is on your way back to Denver http://georgetownlooprr.com/

As MattB said in reply #2 Winter Park is on your way - there are fun things to do there: playwinterpark.com/activity_directory_summer…

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6. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

For lodging in Grand Lake, www.grandlakechamber.com is a good place to start. You can check reviews here on TA. We recently stayed at the Gateway Inn. They have rooms set up for 5 with a queen bed plus bunk beds.

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g33451-Grand_Lake_Gra…

Another lodging option would be the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch location in Granby which is between Grand Lake and Winter Park. They have lots of activities for the kids and are generally not as crowded as the Estes Park location.

If you have not taken the time in the past to explore the many short trails and overlooks along Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake, you might want to do that. Moose frequent the western side of RMNP. We saw 12 on our most recent trip.

Tundra Communties Trail - 1 mile total up and back (great views, mushroom rocks, wildlife)

Alpine Ridge Trail - 1/4 mile of steps straight up

Lake Irene - very short walk

Holzwarth Historic Site - .5 miles one way to 1920's dude ranch, Colorado River and moose frequent the area

Coyote Valley Trail - 1 mile loop

Adams Falls - .3 miles to the waterfall (do not miss) and beyond to the meadow

Hopefully, all of your kids are Junior Rangers. If not, pick up the free activity booklets (by age group) at any RMNP visitor center.

You can take a boat tour of Grand Lake through Headwaters Marina or rent paddle boats for the lake. Tour the Kaufmann House Museum. The renowned Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake usually has a family friendly production as one of their shows during the season. A family friendly rafting trip on the Colorado River is about an hour away in Kremmling. Horseback riding is available through Sombrero and Winding River Resort.

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7. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

Thank you!!!!! I'll check out the ideas mentioned. We've pretty much always stayed on the East side of RMNP, so we have lots to see on the other side! We'd love to see moose! And yes, my kids are jr. rangers, a couple times over!

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8. Re: Where to go after Estes Park/RMNP?

Definitely Manitou Springs. Taking the Old Cog Railway to the top of Pike's Peak is an educational, relaxing and interesting experience for all ages. The town of Manitou has so many fascinating little nooks and stores to peruse. Close by is "Garden of the Gods".... a must see. Enjoy.

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