Colorado Itinerary Help - 9 nights

Old Apr 10th, 2021, 08:09 AM
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It's been 20 years since I've been in this area that I hesitate to offer opinion but here goes . . . as a young/middle-aged adult, from middle GA, the July Utah heat was manageable. It's a very different kind of heat than humid south and very different landscape. Hat and water very important.

Camped at Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde several times. Mesa Verde coolest temperature wise.

Only visited Dinosaur National Monument once but it was very enjoyable, something different.

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Old Apr 10th, 2021, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by michellemorantez7694
We are flying to Denver and renting a van with 4 adults and 6 kids. We will be in Colorado for 9 nights. Our flight is supposed to arrive at 10:50 am. We are spending the last night in Denver near the airport. We definitely want to spend at least 3 nights in Estes Park/RMNP. We would like to go to either Mesa Verde National Park or Arches. I'm hesitant to go to Arches because we're going in July and I would think masks will still be required and it will be so hot. I went on the family trip as a teen to Arches in July and I remember how hot it was. Our kids range in age from 15 to 10. We have also thought about going to Colorado Springs and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Is this going to be too much driving? Also, I'm a little concerned about our group adjusting to the altitude because we're coming from New Orleans. I would rather see less and enjoy it than have grouchy kids because we're in the car too much. We enjoy easy/moderate hikes and may want to white water raft or zip line. Thanks for your help!
I've done the whole loop through CO. On a side note, Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte in that order are the 3 coolest towns to visit in the state.
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