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Steamboat Springs Transport & Happenings

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Bribie Island...
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Steamboat Springs Transport & Happenings

We are travelling from Australia then LA to Denver for a few days. THEN staying at Wyndham Vacation Resorts Steamboat Springs. We considered hiring a car and driving there then noticed that you can take a bus from the airport...Would this work well? I also read that they have free bus service in Steamboat - so thought that might save us the drive. We are well travelled seniors in our 70s - have been to USA many times but not to this part of the country. Any suggestions? All welcome. We don't want to ski but will bring our hiking boots.

Steamboat Springs...
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1. Re: Steamboat Springs Transport & Happenings

A car isn't necessary as the free city bus and shuttles run by the property can get you around town. Likewise Go Alpine or Storm Mountain run regular trips to and from the Denver Airport during ski season.

If you want to do hiking outside of town, you will need a car. it might also be useful if you come out of season to travel from Denver and around the area since the free bus service is less frequent off season.

Cheers

Steamboat Springs...
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When are you coming? Hiking right now is very limited. Snow shoeing or cross country skiing, is really the only way to get around on foot, on most trails at the moment.

If you are coming late spring or summer, I'd rent a car. It will give you way more freedom to get around and explore. If during the ski season (which runs until Apr14) you could take Alpine Taxi or Storm Mt from Denver. Both run about $88 per person each way. You don't need to worry about the free city bus. Wyndham provides free shuttle service to their guests around Steamboat.

Bribie Island...
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We are booked in at Wyndham Vacation Resorts from Sunday 14 - 21 April 2013. We would then like to go to Estes Park. Is there a shuttle between Steamboat & Estes or can you hire a car one way. What are the roads generally like at that time of year. We are also happy to just hang out - enjoy the resort, town & scenery before venturing further afield to Yellowstone, Boston, New York & Quebec.

Always happy to get any kind og guidance or advice from locals. Many thanks.

Colorado
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The ski areas last day is April 14th so town will slow way down after that. There will not be any hiking during that time other than on the core trail thru town. You could still cross country ski or snow shoe. Based on your travel dates and since you want to go to Estes Park, I would rent a car as that will be more convenient. I don't know if you were wanting to drive Trail Ridge Road to get to Estes Park but that will not be open yet as there will still be too much snow. The road conditions can be extremely variable during that time period. We can still get spring storms but the snow usually melts off the roads fairly quickly.

Watkinsville...
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The Denver Airport web-site has several options for car service (limo, towncars and vans) and shuttle services from Denver International Airport, one of those might come out for a price to take you to Estes Park. I do not know if there is a car service closer. We rent a car in Denver and drive, sometimes it challenge because of the weather, but not every time.

Sounds great, have a good trip!

Windsor, Colorado
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Late April is a great time to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Rent a car. Since you will be taking I-70 and highway 40 from Denver to Steamboat Springs, take highway 14 and highway 34 from Steamboat to Estes Park. Here is the link for the route. http://mapq.st/13iJb83

This route travels the Cache La Poudre Scenic Byway plus dramatic Big Thompson Canyon. Have a full tank of gas for the highway 14 section as there are few amenties along the way. When you travel the dramatic Big Thompson Canyon, four miles up the canyon from the Dam Store on your right is Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park. There are some great views of the river from the bridge and walkways in this park.

It is a perfect time to see wildlife in RMNP. You might want to book a wildlife safari with Yellow Wood Guiding. Snowshoeing will be an option in the Bear Lake area and hiking at lower elevations and on all season trails. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Rentals at Estes Park Mountain Shop and Warming House are less than $10 a day. You can also rent traction devices for your hiking boots for trails with icy areas. Rangers at the RMNP visitor centers can give you up to date trail conditions. There are many short, easy and beautiful walks in RMNP like Bear Lake, Sprague Lake, Alluvial Fan and waterfall, Lily Lake, Copeland Falls and Alberta Falls.

Trail Ridge Road in RMNP will most likely be open for vehicles to Rainbow Curve as plowing begins in mid-April. All other main roads will be open and most side roads are normally open depending on Spring snowfall.

Other fun things to do in Estes Park--horseback riding, historic and ghostly Stanley Hotel Tour, Snowy Peaks Winery Tasting, Estes Park Museum

Additional scenic drives in the area:

South St. Vrain Canyon Loop

The Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway near Estes Park starts on Colo. Hwy. 7, and travels south where you’ll climb over 1,500 feet through densely forested areas as snowcapped mountains, including Longs Peak and Twin Sisters, parallel the road. Follow Hwy. 7 south to Allenspark and on through impressive boulder-lined canyons to Lyons. Then take U.S. Hwy. 36 from Lyons back to Estes Park. This 57-mile trip takes about 2 hours without stops.

If you do not hike the Gem Lake trail, be sure to drive to the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead for up close views of the Balanced Rocks and these massive boulders.

www.estesparkcvb.com is a great source of information. Be sure to check the calendar and current happenings link.

The Spring 2013 Rocky Mountain National Park newspaper will be out soon. See the paper for ranger guided walks and programs of interest plus other helpful park information.

http://www.nps.gov/romo/parknews/index.htm

At www.cotrip.org you can get up to date road conditions for the state of Colorado, even view live webcams in some locations by clicking on the camera icons on the map.

Edited: 1:43 pm, March 22, 2013
Bribie Island...
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WOW - we are so excited. Thanks heaps for all of your helpful information. Colorado is new territory for us - can't wait. You have really inspired us.

London, United...
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You can also take Alpine Taxi from Steamboat to Estes. Kathlene took us, it was a great trip.

London, United...
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Sorry, my fiance reminded that we went to Winter Park on Alpine. Might check, though, seemed they would shuttle anywhere.

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