We are considering a week long trip to SW Colorado in September if we can manage it. A couple of questions and tentative itinerary. We are thinking of either September 3 - 9(Which includes Labor Day) or September 17 - 23. We want to try to avoid alot of rain if we can. Is the weather pretty comparable on those dates or is the weather riskier for the later dates? Any recommendations in terms of which timeframe is better for crowds, prices, etc?
Here is our tentative itinerary. Some of our hotel choices were based on the fact that due to some life circumstances we may have to cancel the trip on short notice and so we are picking hotels with good cancellation policies.
day one - arrive in Durango mid afternoon. Settle in. Thinking of staying at the Comfort Inn for 2 nights.
day 2 - train to Silverton. Thinking of taking the open air car for better photos(no windows), think that's a good idea?
Day 3 - Drive Million $ Highway to Ouray, stay in Hot Springs Inn for 2 nights.
Day 4 - Jeep Tour to Yankee Basin with Switzerland of America
Day 5 - Fly Fishing with Rigs Outfitter, then drive to Telluride. Stay at Ice House Lodge for 2 nights.
Day 6 - Telluride gondola ride, hike, explore town.
Day 7 - fly home from Durango
Suggestions on other things to do or short hikes in these areas are welcome. What do you think of this general plan? Thanks in advance.