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suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

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suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

We have a wedding to attend in Vail at the end of Sept. We have never been to Colorado and would love to see as much as we can. A bit overwhelmed in that there is so much. We know if it meets half expectations of what everyone is saying we will have to come back. We are thinking 8 days. We are flying into/out of Denver.

..We are thinking of driving day we arrive from Denver to Glenwood Springs Area. (2 days)

..Vail (2days)for wedding.

..Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park. (1-2 days)

Colorado Springs/ Maybe Pueblo Area for Sand Dunes (-2 days) Are Dunes worth seeing

this time of year?

Back to Denver to spend night before flight out next day.

Any suggestions on what see would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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1. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

The aspens will be turning in late September, so it will be beautiful. You probably won't have enough time to do all this with just 8 days, possibly leave Sand Dunes and Colorado Springs for another visit.

Day 1 arrive Denver, to Glenwood Springs

Day 2 Glenwood Springs, maybe a day trip to Aspen

Day 3 To Vail

Day 4 Vail

Day 5 Vail to RMNP. Drive over Trail Ridge Road if still open

Day 6 RMNP

Day 7 Boulder

Day 8 Denver to depart

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2. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

I think it is a lot of driving in 8 days. I like Glenwood Springs for a full day and night. I prefer Hotel Colorado, but I like unique hotels

http://hotelcolorado.com I wonder if you could take the train and pick up a car in Glenwood?

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Then on to Aspen for a couple of nights. Independence Pass should still be open and make for a nice loop back to Vail.

Denver downtown is very fun.

Edit typing at the same time. I like the Boulder idea too, especially if it is a cold when you are here. Boulder will be warmer than the mountain towns.

Edited: 7:53 pm, April 08, 2013
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3. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

With eight days you have plenty of time to see Colorado Springs so I would definitely keep it in the mix. There's so much to see and do there. The whole of CO is worthwhile and I include Colorado Springs as one of the places we go everytime we come to CO...Glenwood Springs too. You can do a lot (or a little) in even an overnight...we've gone Denver to CO Springs done afternoon/evening stuff and then stuff for half a day in CO Springs (preferably we do two days in the Springs too) done Canon City (a good day trip--only an hr, two round trip), with family for about four days of our 8 days elsewhere in the state and done Glenwood Springs for one or two days.

Estes Park/RMNP is a great choice. We stayed one night and went through RMNP in a quick drive the following day before we headed to Colorado Springs. Definitely enjoy that while you're there.

I think the other ideas you had made for a good well rounded schedule of some great places in CO. And then you'll have to come back again, which is always our motto as you'll never run out of fun places to see in Colorado.

Edited: 9:38 pm, April 08, 2013
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4. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

We have not seen the Dunes yet but that sounds neat to do once. Maybe some that have been will chime in on that.

http://www.visitcos.com/

CO Springs:

Air Force Academy http://www.usafa.af.mil/information/visitors/

Olympic Training Center teamusa.org/For-Athletes/…Tours.aspx

Garden of the Gods www.gardenofthegods.com

Helen Hunt Falls

Pioneers Museum

(above are free)

Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo-unique location, nice small size and don't miss Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun you drive to above (great view, neat architecture) http://www.cmzoo.org/

Seven Falls www.sevenfalls.com

Cog Railway: www.cograilway.com

Cave of the Winds www.caveofthewinds.com

Tons of museums: Money, Pro-Rodeo, Figure skating, Pioneers Museum and more.....

http://www.prorodeohalloffame.com/

http://www.money.org/

http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/

www.springsgov.com/sectionindex.aspx…

http://www.rockledgeranch.com/

Flying W Ranch was destroyed by fire last year but look for it again someday:

www.flyingw.com

shop and dine in Manitou Springs http://manitousprings.org/

visit nearby Woodland Park (city in the clouds, beautiful) http://www.city-woodlandpark.org/home/

Florissant Fossil Beds beyond Woodland Park http://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm

Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek goldminetours.com/goldminetours.com/Home.html

Wolf Center in Divide http://wolfeducation.org/

Canon City day trip: rafting, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park www.royalgorgebridgeandpark.com , Skyline Drive, Royal Gorge Route train...in Pueblo is the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum:

http://www.pwam.org/

https://www.royalgorgeroute.com/

Consider a special brunch at the Broadmoor on Sundays (featured on tv):

http://www.broadmoor.com/lake-terrace/

Also horseback riding would be a treat:

visitcos.com/node/…20Broadmoor

You can horseback ride through Academy Stables too and go through the Garden of the Gods.

Edited: 9:53 pm, April 08, 2013
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5. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

I noted on one of your other posts about Yosemite that you enjoy gentle walks and hikes. RMNP and Trail Ridge Road (average closing date is October 23 so you should be safe) have many wonderful easy hikes. Late September is during the peak of elk rut. They will be in large herds and very visable. You can spend much of a day driving and exploring all the overlooks and short trails along Trail Ridge Road between Grand Lake and Estes Park. RMNP is well known for wildlife--moose, deer, big horn sheep and elk are frequently seen. For fall foliage (timing can vary some from year to year), the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway which you could take from Estes to Boulder is spectacular!

rmnp.com/RMNP-Things-ShortWalksAndHikes.HTML

Add to the list--

Coyote Valley Trail (west side) - 1 mile loop

Holzwarth Historic Site (west side) - 1 mile round trip and good area for moose

Hidden Valley Nature Trail - 1/2 mile round trip

Alluvial Fan waterfall ( a must do) - .2 miles one way

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6. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

Has anyone done the hike to the Hanging Lake? Or the Yampah Vapor Caves? If I am right in reading the map, it looks like it is in or near Glenwood Springs.

Is it better for us to leave out RMNP and just see Estes Park?

I want to THANK everyone for the suggestions. I look forward to checking each suggestion out and planning our trip.

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7. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

No I think if you're that close you should see RMNP. If you're close for time do as we did and drive through RMNP--the four hr. drive through tour. We stopped at a couple overlooks and visitors centers and then onward we went. We saw so much even in so little of a time it was well worth it.

Edited: 1:02 pm, April 09, 2013
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8. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

http://www.visitglenwood.com/hanging-lake 10 miles east in Glenwood Canyon off I-70

tips: it's gained in popularity but would I imagine see less crowds in Sept. so possibly an ideal time.

Yampah is located in Glenwood:

http://www.yampahspa.com/caves

Edited: 1:06 pm, April 09, 2013
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9. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

Estes Park is the town adjacent (literally) to the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park. RMNP is the reason people visit Estes Park not the other way around. Using Casa's plan in reply #1, Vail to Grand Lake over Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park is about 4 hours driving time. You need to add at least 2 more hours for just the overlooks and the Alpine Visitor Center along Trail Ridge Road and more time for some of the short walks and trails. In order to enjoy the many short walks and trails on the eastern side of RMNP (Bear Lake, Dream Lake, Sprague Lake, Alluvial Fan and waterfall, Copeland Falls, Lily Lake or Lily Ridge to name a few), you will want an overnight stay (or 2 nights as in Casa's plan) in Estes Park. There are many lodging options in Estes Park--hotels, B&B's, condos, cabins and vacation rentals. www.estesparkcvb.com has lodging summaries and links to websites. The cvb site is a great source of information on Estes Park.

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10. Re: suggestions please on what to see in colorado in sept.

If you are thinking RMNP verses Colorado Springs, I'd go with RMNP.