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2012 Trip Planning

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2012 Trip Planning


We are planning a trip for the later summer of 2012. We want to be able to hike and will be 2 people in their 50's, 1 person in her 60's and a 26 year old.

I have ordered the Ouray hiking booklet for easier hikes.

I now am wondering about the weather. We are thinking around Labor Day and the week following.

Is there anything we should not miss seeing? We have been to Durango but not anywhere north of Durango.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 2012 Trip Planning

There are so many wonderful hikes in and around Ouray. Labor Day weekend would be a good time to come in just about any year but there is always the occasional storm that causes trouble.

September snows are not common but they are not unheard of either. The weekend after Labor Day is the "Imogene Pass Run" and that is a huge event so you would need to get your reservations in advance (need to reserve that weekend by about June 2012 to ensure availability). There will be 1500 runners in town and they run over 13000 feet to Telluride... they are super quiet guests, super nice people.

It will be hunting season so bring bright orange... nothing to worry about but just be aware. Most of the short hikes referenced in the book are so close to town and it is illegal to hunt there...

Perhaps a free gondola ride in Telluride should be on the "not to be missed" agenda ... and a trip on the train if you like time to hang out and see scenery.

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