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RMNP here we come

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Hello! We're heading to the Rockies at the end of July and had a few questions to finalize our plans. Our flight arrives at noon and were heading straight to Estes Park, where we'll stay for 4 days before heading to Grand Lake on the west side for 3 days. My questions are as follows :
1. Is it doable to head to Estes from Denver via the peak to peak highway? How much time would this add to our drive? If taking this route, where would be a good place for lunch ? Or would we be better off heading straight to Estes, and if so, where should we stop for lunch.
2. Is a stop in Boulder feasible on our way up to Estes?
3. We would like to fit in a rafting trip, but not sure if we'd be better off taking one from the Estes Side of the trip or the Grand Lake side. Some of the companies I've talked to say it doesn't matter as the drop off location is equal distance from both ends of the park. Does anyone have any of experience with any of the rafting companies?
4. On our way to grand lake would we be able to take old Fall River road, being that we will be in a 15 passenger van?
5. Not sure why, but am not having an easy time finding sites to research hikes. In trips to other NPs, have found information readibly available , personal accounts of hikers trips, for RMNP, I've found descriptions, but no maps or information on loop hikes other then the ones around the lakes. I've ordered some books, but while I'm waiting for them to arrive, Can anyone recommend any moderate 3/4 hour loop hikes in both the east side & the west side? Or any sites that have detailed descriptions of hikes.
6. Should I fit in a day trip on either end of the trip to any particular place I shouldn't miss or will I have just enough time in 7 days for Estes and Grand Lake?

I think this covers all my missing pieces. Sorry if its too long, Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!,

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