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Old 01-22-2010, 09:56 AM
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Default Summer trip/vaca in Colorado. Good idea? Suggestions

I've spent virtually every weekend of every summer for the last 39 years at the south Jersey shore.. Decided its time to see some of the things I've missed because of being 'booked' all summer if you will. Being in the marine industry virtually all my adult life, I have seen most of what the coast has to offer, but do plan on seeing it more closely. Finally got to San Fran last year, Vegas the year before primarily to see the surrounding areas .. Actually considering selling the Jersey home and living FL year round, spend the hot months like Aug-Sep-Oct at some places I haven't been for a month at a time. Never been to Colorado, I snow skied in Europe when I was into that (the office could reach me too easily in the States ) My days of being cold are over. So now I'm looking at Colorado magazine... Looking for suggestions to investigate. Next big question is take the bike or the boat?
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I have always wanted to take a trip to the Canadian Rockies. It is supposed to be spectacular.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:16 AM
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It has been a long time but spent a few days at keystone resort. In the winter the rooms/condo's were huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge money but in the summer reasonable.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:29 AM
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Afish, PM me, I've lived here for 22 years and can help you out. And, I can take for a ride on my dry CS. Seriously, pm me and I'll call you with the lowdown. I have a very good list of cool places to go and things to do. I'd be happy to help you out.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:24 AM
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colorado is amazing in the summer. we've enjoyed it so much that we ended up buying some property just south of breckenridge.

four corners area is awesome...use durango as your base camp and explore out from there. we did 2 weeks there this past summer.

it's the only inland location in the u.s. that has made me think about leaving the coast.


my 6 acres is at 10,600 ft elevation...it's about dead center of this picture, up-mountain from my lot is all national forest...

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Originally Posted by happyjack92 View Post
colorado is amazing in the summer. we've enjoyed it so much that we ended up buying some property just south of breckenridge.

four corners area is awesome...use durango as your base camp and explore out from there. we did 2 weeks there this past summer.

it's the only inland location in the u.s. that has made me think about leaving the coast.


my 6 acres is at 10,600 ft elevation...it's about dead center of this picture, up-mountain from my lot is all national forest...


Happyjack You have it right. THe four corners area of Colorado is among the most spectacular areas that I have been in the world. I lived in Durango for a year and I miss it terribly.

Afish - if you like to fly fish for trout PM me, I have tons of ideas. YOu might want to take the Durango Silverton RR also, Anasazi ruins to the south, its simply breathtaking.

While the northern part of the state is beautiful, the SE part of the state is just stunning, perfect for a vacation. My freind has a home there -it is a spectacular log home in the middle of the valley - this conversation makes me want to go back!!!!!
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Afish, Been doing the summer vacation thing in Colorado for going on 40 years. Be careful! Those mountains will get in your heart and your soul. Beyond beautiful. Awesome. We stay in Salida in South Central CO. In the Arkansas National Wilderness Recreation area. Incredible trout fishing. 14,000 foot snow capped mountains. Ghost towns. Antelope, Mule Deer, Elk, Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Lions and Bears. Old gold mines. Fabulous ski areas like Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge etc. The Great Divide. Jeep trails. Mountain biking. Spelunking. Rock hounding. Panning for gold. Wineries. White water rafting. Great restaurants. Western history. Cliff dwellings. Native American museums. Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Air Force Academy. Blue Mesa Reservoir. High mountain passes with snow in July. Head south to Taos, N.M. Visit the Pueblo. Taylor Reservoir, so high it's often in the clouds. San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Mountain Princetain hot springs. Leadville, where billions came out of the ground. South Park. I could go on, but you can tell I hate the place. Don't go, cuz you won't ever want to come home. It captured my soul all those decades ago. I go to visit it in the summer
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I own a condo in Snowmass Village just outside of Aspen. Most beautiful place in the world as far as we are concerned. Summer is just a fun as winter.

http://www.vrbo.com/255369
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The more I look the more I think it will be part of next summer. Going to do 2 weeks up in Thousand Islands NY around Labor Day (my 1st summer vaca outside of NJ), want to do at least 2 more somewhere West.... Seems the one different thing about visiting Colorado is, it is BIG. Need to pick a place and stay there. Unlike SanFran or Vegas, where I stayed in town and did day trips to see most everything I wanted to see. Am I right?
Happy & Plug.. Great picts... Looks like I leave the bike & boat home, and rent a Jeep.. I do have a flyrod!
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Originally Posted by Brett1 View Post
I own a condo in Snowmass Village just outside of Aspen. Most beautiful place in the world as far as we are concerned. Summer is just a fun as winter.

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Brett you want summertime fun, haul the bikes up there! CO has some awesome moto singletrack riding. We rode off the back porch everyday traveling miles and miles into the woods.
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I moved from the East Coast to Western Co. in 1969. I started out at 8500 ft. elev. building roads and cabins on 430 acres, no elect. no running water, remote and not very accessible but I was young.Moved to Crawford Co. and bought a 550 ac.sheep ranch (1200 hd), 150 acres alfalfa. Nothing but the best of memories. Colorado has been long discovered,but there is the Colorado experience. Towns like Paonia, Hotchkiss,Crawford, Montrose and even Grand Junction should not be missed. I never liked the Front Range, western Co. is the west. I've got a lot of info. about what life is like out there. Get back if you'd like.
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Afish- Me and my bride to be are heading there in May for our honeymoon. Everyone I have talked to have said the same thing as THT members, once you go, you may not come home. We are very excited and I will be starting a new thread on Colorado (don't want to hijack yours). There appears to be many things to do and see any time of the year. We can't wait to go.
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Originally Posted by adimice View Post
I moved from the East Coast to Western Co. in 1969. I started out at 8500 ft. elev. building roads and cabins on 430 acres, no elect. no running water, remote and not very accessible but I was young.Moved to Crawford Co. and bought a 550 ac.sheep ranch (1200 hd), 150 acres alfalfa. Nothing but the best of memories. Colorado has been long discovered,but there is the Colorado experience. Towns like Paonia, Hotchkiss,Crawford, Montrose and even Grand Junction should not be missed. I never liked the Front Range, western Co. is the west. I've got a lot of info. about what life is like out there. Get back if you'd like.
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Afish- Me and my bride to be are heading there in May for our honeymoon. Everyone I have talked to have said the same thing as THT members, once you go, you may not come home. We are very excited and I will be starting a new thread on Colorado (don't want to hijack yours). There appears to be many things to do and see any time of the year. We can't wait to go.
Congrats on the bride stuff...
If I may, what area did you choose? Why?
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Mike- Thank you. We are going to head to Denver and stay at one hotel for the week. From there we will go out to other areas either for the day or if we are several hours away from the hotel (Telluride or Aspen etc.) just spend the night there. We found a great deal on a Marriott so if we skip a night, it won't really cost much extra. We know we are going to Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Red Rocks but other than that, we are still exploring the guide books/websites.

We chose Colorado because we were looking for something different. Most people go to the Carribean or on a cruise. We thought about Europe but didn't have the $$ or 2 weeks to explore. My fiance was born in denver but only lived there for a few years. She has always wanted to go back and I've never been out west. We love the outdoors and both miss the mountains (I'm from NH), so the decision was made to go out there.
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Afish, If you can handle the fly rod there are some of the greatest trout streams in the USA there. They catch 30 lb trout in the Taylor River! My favorite author, a fisherman/philosopher/student of human nature, is John Gierach. He writes about trout fishing in the great Rocky Mountain rivers, many of which are in Colorado. Look up his books, you'll become addicted, as I did. In the summer you can find good lodging deals in the ski areas. Also, a guided float fishing trip on some of the great rivers is not all that expensive. There are lots of "family food" restaurants where you can eat well for a reasonable amount. Gasoline is expensive
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Originally Posted by Saltybrad View Post
Brett you want summertime fun, haul the bikes up there! CO has some awesome moto singletrack riding. We rode off the back porch everyday traveling miles and miles into the woods.
Maybe I should bring you this summer and we can rip some trails. An east central florida guys trip!!
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The bike and utilize the National Park system. It is spectacular and well run. The parks in Colorado,Wyoming and Utah should keep you busy for a few weeks.
Here's a pic to pique() the travel bug....

Grand Teton National Park.



Take the bike it's the only way to truly sightsee.
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Cam anyone comment on the weather in Mid May (16-23)? I see it is the rainy month (2"+) but that is not saying much considering we may get that one day in the summer in FL. What type of temps are there? Should I plan on 50s in the city and 30s in the mountains? Any chance of snow? My fiance wants to find snow.
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I was there last June and it snowed in the higher elevations so I'm sure you will have no trouble finding snow in May. You could most likely still ski at Arapahoe Basin if you choose to.
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Joe.. Great picture!
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