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Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

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Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

Coming in July, up from Mesa Verde NP on Million $ Hwy. Want to explore Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride. Which is the better place to stay overnight - Telluride or Ouray? We're looking for scenic beauty and a charming town, not interested in glitz or commercialism. Also, how long to travel between them? It looks like there's a small road that connects them rather than going around. Lastly, want to take a jeep tour. Had looked at the Yankee Boy Basin tour and waterfalls tour - can you get to these from both T & O? Your knowledge is appreciated.

WestSlope,CO
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11. Re: Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

That looks like a great itinerary! Since you are taking the time and gas $$ to get to the Southwest part of the state, I still would recommend you take one of your days for more hiking, etc. in the area. One way to do it would be to take one night from Rocky Mountain National Park, or rather, skip the overnight in Breckenridge or Keystone. On day 10, drive to Grand Lake on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Spend a night or two there, then Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park for the rest of your RMNP days. (Or you might be able to get part way, say...to Frisco, after your Maroon Bells hike...I'm not sure how long that might take. Maybe someone else will jump in to advise on that.)

Ohio
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12. Re: Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

I like the idea of maybe leaving the Aspen area after the Maroon Bells hike or on last day just going straight to RMNP. Will have to time those out and see if they work. Every time I read more, there are additional things I want to see and do. Not enough time, but I know we'll enjoy the time we've got. Thanks for your help!

WestSlope,CO
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13. Re: Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

You're most welcome. You might search or ask on the Aspen forum how long to realistically allow for getting to Maroon Bells and doing the hike, then back to where you're parked. That way you'd have a better idea of how much time you'd have for travel after the hike.

I think you'd enjoy Grand Lake if you went there after Maroon Bells. Even if you just spent one night before going on to Estes Park, I bet you'd have time late that afternoon/evening to explore a little. That's the side of RMNP where moose are more often spotted.

Edited: 2:47 pm, March 17, 2013
Ohio
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14. Re: Telluride or Ouray for overnight?

Hadn't thought about a night in Grand lake, but may do that. Separate question....have you done any whitewater rafting? We were talking about taking one of our Crested Butte days and going down to Buena Vista to do Royal Gorge rafting. Or taking a day from RMNP and doing Poudre River. Any recommendations?

Austin, Texas
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I haven't been to Ouray yet but I plan on visiting in September for a couple days. I saw pictures and immediately fell in love but i haven't been there yet so I can't vouch for it. Telluride I have visited and it's a extremely nice little village. I loved staying at the New Sheridan historic hotel downtown, which has a very good restaurant/bar within. The free gondola ride was lovely, especially at night as it doesnt close til midnight. Telluride does have a bit of a ritzy side to it while Ouray seems more mom&pop but it's far from snobbish, everyone was extremely hospitable.

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