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Re: Road trip to Colorado.........what are the must sees and dos?

We loved our trip to Colorado...

We stayed in Denver for a convention and then rented a car for 10 days to travel around the state....

As the other poster said, if you can,  ride the Durango & Silverton railroad...

The scenery  will take your breath away....

In the town of Durango, right down the street from the train depot, is the General Palmer Hotel..

A lovely hotel with old west charm...

There is another railroad, in the southern part of the state, called the Cumbres & Toltec, that takes you into New Mexico and back into Colorado..

It is a railroad that is not as well advertised as the Durango & Silverton, but is a scenic ride nonetheless...

Mesa Verdes was mentioned as was the Garden of the Gods..

We took a horseback ride through the Garden and it was beautiful...

Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy should be on your list...

Colorado is a beautiful state..

We met so many East Coast transplants who swore that they would never return East...

We have been tempted!

 

So enjoy your trip!!!!

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Here is a quote from the D&SNGRR site..the trip has been modified because of mudslides due to heavy rains in the fire areas..DW

 

"The D&SNGRR sustained severe track damage between Hermosa and Rockwood as a result of a severe thunderstorm which swept through the Four Corners area on Tuesday, July 24.

Because the aforementioned section of track cannot be used at this time, the D&SNGRR will resume passenger service with slightly modified daily excursions to the mining town of Silverton.

Amended Schedule

There will be two daily train excursions to Silverton beginning Sat. July 28. Guests will be transported from the Durango depot via Highway 550 past the damaged section of track to the railroad's Rockwood station just north of Durango where they will board the train. The train will depart from Rockwood to Silverton and then return to Rockwood and Durango in the same manner. This modified trip includes the iconic Horseshoe Curve, High Bridge and all of the Animas River gorge including the spectacular views from the High Line. These amended trips will remain in place through at least Saturday, September 15, while the track repairs are ongoing and other erosion prevention structures are installed.

Guests booked on the 8:00 a.m. train will now depart the Durango depot on the 8:00 a.m. bus, and guests on the 8:45 a.m. train will now leave the depot on the 9:30 a.m. bus. During this time, the railroad will not operate bus service to Silverton. For those passengers who booked bus service to or from Silverton, the railroad will convert their excursions to round-trip train service. The layover in Silverton will be 2.25 hours."

 

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I will say because of the fires and mudslides tourism in Durango is down...but...it's a plus to anyone coming to town...it's not as crowded..the restaurants have less wait time...the roads aren't as crazy....it's actually the best time to come visit....DW

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The road from Ouray to Silverton is called the Million Dollar Highway for a reason.  We drove the entire distance from Durango to Silverton and also did the train on another trip.  I liked the road trip the best.  The area around Gunnison is also worth seeing.   I think Maroon Bells just north of Aspen is another great spot.

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I love Estes Park, CO, where the Stanley Hotel has a nice dining room.  This is where "The Shining" was filmed. Elk.  Estes Park has multiple, happy looking Elk. I love Telluride, CO, too, because when I was there a while ago there were really nice antique shops.

 

ETA:  And Colorado Springs, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods.

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If you drive to the summit of Pikes Peak, nice road btw, you can actually see Kansas from up there and if you drink a six-pack of beer at that altitude you might not remember the view...LOL!Woman LOL

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I love Estes Park. Elk walking down the streets of town, like they own the place. 😂
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@dancingwoman.  Wouldn't you hate to be the person who has to drive a big bus over that road to Silverton?

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Colorado has a wide variety of weather conditions all year long. If you are going to be spending time outdoors, especially at the higher elevations, bring a warm jacket. It snowed on Pikes Peak yesterday and they had to shorten the foot race up the mountain because of it. 

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@Kachina624 you know the drive to Silverton from Durango isn't that bad....we are used to it...but...driving a bus full of people is another story all together....

 

Its going  over Red Mountain and especially back that gets to me...we've done it hundreds of times...and it still gets to me a little..

 

DH and I always say can you imagine the fear of those people driving those humongous motor homes for the first time over the passes.  We have friends that have a fifth wheel...they've lived in Colorado for over 40 yrs and 4 wheeled extensively...they won't go over Red Mountain in it...they take Lizard Head...so tourists gotta be peeing their pants...

 

Colorado is a beautiful state....if only we could get some rain...or snow...DH and I took a drive to Vallecito and Lemon reservoirs and they are scary empty.  You can walk across at some places...hopefully we'll get some moisture this winter....DW