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    Colorado Advise

    My wife wants to see the Rockies in the Fall all the different colours. We decided on Colorado in Sept/Oct. I have a route sort of planned out and would like to visit/stay in some or all of the following - Denver, Colorado Springs,Leadville, Vail,Breckenridge, RMNP,Estes,Rifle and maybe south as far as Pueblo and Durango. Is that too much for 10-12 days. Would we be better to stay in one or two places and visit from there.I've looked at the tourism sites but would appreciate some suggestions of where to stay, not 4 star but comfortable, we would like to stay a couple of nights in a log cabin if possible.Most important - where to shoot. Are there any ranges that accept visitors to shoot different firearms, like they do in Las Vages. Hope to also visit the gun show in Denver.Looking forward to this as we have been to the States a few times and always found the people very friendly.
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    West of Denver are the adjacent towns of Lakewood and Golden. There are typical chain-motels along Colfax Ave. Golden is also home of Coors Brewery and Lookout Mt. where Buffalo Bill is buried. You'll want to visit Nederland and view the elk at Estes Park by driving west out of Boulder along a scenic canyon road featuring a beautiful waterfalls. Can't recall the name of that road.

    We've stayed at Best Western in Colorado Springs. You'll want to visit Pikes Peak for sure.

    You can shoot in the White River Nat'l Forest near Rifle. We hiked to a "hanging lake" from easy access along the highway.

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    Estes Park............ Google it. Great trout fishing! Outstanding scenery.
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    That is doable in 10-12 days. You'll need to rent a car of course. Your stops are all within half a day's drive. Be aware that you may encounter snow in September in the higher elevations. Also, Colorado is mostly aspens and evergreens. The color will be predominantly bright yellow as the leaves change. The autumn foliage is in the East for the reds, oranges, purples, browns, ect and that is early October depending upon the year and how far north or south. Doesn't need to be New England. You'll see it also in PA, WV, TN, KY, NC.

    Back to Colorado. Estes Park is great. Scenery, mountains, tons of elk. Pikes Peak is just outside Colorado Springs. You can drive up or take a tram. 14,110 ft. Also consider Gunnison, about 3-4 hours away. Amazing trout water in the Gunnison River and nearby waters. Lots of guides. Follow the river south and visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. 3000 ft shear sandstone walls about 2500 feet apart. Gorgeous. Keep going south to Durango. Use that as a jumping off point to see Mesa Verde, cliff dwellings, and maybe Great Sand Dunes NP. It's like no where else. Then back through Durango and travel the Million Dollar Highway through Silverton and Ouray. Mountains, mountains, mountains. Wow. There are many ski resorts. It will probably still be off season, and all are scenic. Head on over to Grand Junction and visit Colorado National Monument. It's all, and a lot of it, beautiful carved red sandstone and scenic vistas.

    Sit down and plan that out. See how many days you think that will take you. It's one day's drive back from Grand Juntion to Denver. While you're there, make sure you try some green chili (homemade) at a local mom and pop restaurant. One of the world's greatest meals.

    If you need more info or recommendations, sent me a PM.

    Wish I could go with you.
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    Thanks for the info, back to google maps so.
    @HLkayaker will there not be many colours around RMNP and Estes, really want it to be as colourful as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T.R. View Post
    We've stayed at Best Western in Colorado Springs.
    A few good hotels by the Academy as well. HI Express is a good one off of Rockrimmon
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    You'll want to visit Pikes Peak for sure.
    If you're there don't miss Garden of the Gods also. It's on the way up 24 to Manitou and the Pikes Peak highway.

    I'm there at least every other year with both daughters having lived near CoSprings since they were young so know it well if more questions just ask.
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    If you look at Durango also look at Telluride and Silverton areas. It's much less crowded once you get 100 miles or so from Denver. Enjoy our great state no matter where you go!

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    Also consider a trip to Royal Gorge. Home Not the Grand Canyon but the walk across the bridge is worth it.
    Pikes Peak is a must see. I have been on the inclined RR and rode up with Mom and Dad in a 63 ford wagon. Either way it is quite a trip.
    Also that time period is the Elk and moose rut and they can be cantankerous at that time.
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    Catching the Aspens turning is not a exact science, but since you have time, you should see some somewhere. There is much to see in Colorado, the four corners area and Mesa Verda is worth the trip, I second finding a mom and pop shop and getting a Beef and Bean Burrito, smothered with Green Chili, with chicharons! Really any of the Santiago's eateries has very good Green Chili.

    Take a ride up mount Evans road, if you go to RMNP take the dirt road (Fall River road) up to the top of Fall River pass, great way to really see nature at its finest, bring your binocs, because you will need them!
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