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Colorado road trip itinerary- all opinions welcome

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Hello ! My husband and I are planning a road trip to Colorado in July from Shreveport, LA. We are in our late 30s (ahem, almost 40..) and we love the outdoors, gorgeous views, and good food and good beer. We are thinking about relocating to Colorado, and already know we love Fort Collins, but being from the south, we want a feel of the southern part of the state. However, this road trip is not really about scouting a place to live...we know we would need more time for that.

Our whirlwind possible itinerary right now:
Day 1: drive from Shreveport to Trinidad...crash
Day 2: Trinidad to Durango to Ouray - stay the night in Ouray
Day 3: Take the train ride Ouray to Silverton- have heard this is super cool and worth it. Truth?
Day 4: Leave Ouray for Black Canyon. Hike around for about 1/2 day here. Head out and drive to Leadville for the night. (Cool town? or cheesy touristy? any other recs?
Day 5: Leadville to Boulder. Stay the night in Boulder as we have some friends there.
( We have spent time here in the past, so not wanting to linger overlong)
Day 6: Boulder to RMNP by way of the Peak to Peak drive. Spend all day in the park, and end up in Fort Collins that night.
Day 7. Fort Collins- head out to see Horsetooth Reservoir as last summer it was burning and we did not get to see it. Hang out and have good beer.
Day 8. Leave Fort Collins for Colorado Springs, do Pikes Peak and see the Garden of the Gods. Night in CS.
Day 9. Heading home

I know it is not much time in any one place, but we are really looking for good drives where we will see a lot of the state. Any suggestions on places to stay, places to avoid, or alternate routes would be welcome.
Thank you!

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