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Colorado in may

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Colorado in may

We are going Denver from 14th may to 21st may, me, husband and 4 years old daughter....as I am reading forum , seems like all important pass , Rocky Mountain trail road will be closed....so am I stuck up by taking tickets this time or anything worth I can watch? Will there be snow? Will there be any gondola or scenic tram open? What should be a good plan for us, I don't want all days driving and getting my daughter tired...please help me...

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1. Re: Colorado in may

Estes Park tram is closed (unless their 2013 schedule differs from the start of their 2012 schedule which was May 26th). You could do the Cog Railway in Colorado Springs when you go if you're interested in going that direction. You could visit the Garden of the Gods, Cog Railway, Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo and more.

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Rocky Mountain National Park will be open and beautiful, with a good chance of seeing wildlife. I think May is a good time to visit for those who aren't planning to do lots of hiking in the higher elevations, so no, I don't think you are "stuck" at all. There'll still be snow (we hope! We depend on it for water) on the higher peaks so the mountains will be beautiful, but the lower elevations tend to have mild, pleasant weather. (or wind, or rain, or snow...or all of them, sometimes on the same day! But chances are you'll have some pleasant weather)

I do think that Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs (Pikes Peak cog railway and lots of other things to do, as hatchpal mentions) would be a very good option for a family with a small child. Or divide your time with two or three days in Estes Park, a couple of days in Manitou Springs, and a day or two in Denver/Golden.

Edited: 12:38 pm, February 22, 2013
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Thank you so much hatchpal4u for your suggestion...we will surely go there but that rail and garden of god seems one day itinerary ,we have 8 days...any idea where we can go ? Aspen or vail is worth or waste in this time?

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Thank you @misspWestSlope_CO for your helpful suggestion,...thank god you encouraged us, otherwise we were getting too much disappointed ,.....we will surely go Estes park, what should we do after entering in Rocky Mountain national park? I mean sorry, I don't know, is there any activity or viewpoint, we can go...any suggestion will be highly appreciated......

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here's a link to info on RMNP

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60945-s1/…Inside.html

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Thank you texranger for link....will read everything about it...

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I'd suggest you read through some of the Top Questions and forum posts on the Rocky Mountain National Park forum. You'll find lots of suggestions. One thing to do with children in the Junior Ranger Program, and the park rangers will be able to tell you which trails are dry and which places are good for walking with children at the time of your visit. One of the Destination advisors has put together a great winter day trip itinerary, and you could easily adapt it for your two or three day stay in the spring. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g143048-i3489-k498…

Then go over to the Colorado Springs forum and look at the Top Questions on the right side of the page, plus read through some of the posts. You can also use the search feature to enter a topic like "things to do with children." You might also start a new question just for your time in Colorado Springs. You can easily find plenty to do in Colorado Springs with your little one to fill two or three days. There's Helen Hunt Falls, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Santa's Workshop, Dinosaur Resource Center and more. http://santas-colo.com/about-us/who-we-are/

http://www.cmzoo.org/ www.springsgov.com/page.aspx?navid=2444

http://www.rmdrc.com/

And speaking of dinosaurs, your family would probably enjoy Dinosaur Ridge in Denver/Morrison. The Butterfly Pavilion is a great place for kids, and you might check out the Clear Creek History Park in Golden.

http://www.dinoridge.org/

http://www.goldenhistory.org/visit/cchp/

http://www.butterflies.org/

All these areas in and near Denver and within a couple hours' drive have plenty of parks, open spaces, forests, streams...be sure to have some unscheduled time just for walking and exploring, looking at rocks, bugs, pine cones, deer & elk poop (seriously! Get the book 'Who Pooped in the Park?' at one of the Rocky Mtn National Park bookstores, or better yet, order it ahead of time and read it to your daughter) and other treasures of nature.

For more ideas: http://www.colorado-for-free.com/

www.denver.org/what-to-do/itinerary/detail…

www.denver.org/what-to-do/itinerary/detail…

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8. Re: Colorado in may

@misspWestSlope_CO.......oh my god , you gave me so many things to consider about...surely will read everything ...thank you so much

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lol, you're welcome! There are lots of other places you can go that aren't too far a drive from Denver and Colorado Springs, but you said you didn't want to drive too far with your little one, so that's why people have suggested Estes Park and Colorado Springs. Buena Vista (Mt. Princeton Hot Springs would be fun) and Glenwood Springs would be other good destinations in May. The higher mountain communities will be chillier and more "off season" but that doesn't mean it isn't a good time to visit...just depends on the things you want to do.

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10. Re: Colorado in may

Ok,..will there be anything in glenwood spring , it seems everything closed there and aspen?actually I was trying to get something like cable car or aerial tramway?

Edited: 4:36 pm, February 22, 2013