Denver to Kremmling next weekend..

Dec 4th, 2010, 06:59 AM
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If you've not already made your lodging arrangements, there are also some bed & breakfasts worth mentioning in Kremmling:

The next closest lodging will be found in Hot Sulphur Springs, 17 miles away. The Canyon Motel ( the Ute Trail Motel ( both basic mom-and-pop type, single level roadside motels.

I will strongly suggest that you spend some time at the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa ( to enjoy the 20 hot spring pools on a hillside overlooking the Colorado River, and the spa amenities provided. As the name implies, the smell of sulphur in the hot natural spring water is prevalent, yet not so overwhelming as to be totally obnoxious. You get used to it after about half an hour. Also, don't be put off by the color of the water, or the feather-like debris floating in the water of some of the pools - its the natural minerals in the water causing both, and it's supposedly very good for your skin. As much as I like soaking in their hot spring pools, I cannot recommend staying in their on-site lodging. In acccordance with their philosophy of providing relaxation without distraction, their rooms are clean, comfortable, but very basic, with NO telephones, radio, TV, food storage or WiFi. They are also all about 50 yards from a busy railroad track, and (not in accordance with their philosophy) in the middle of any given night you can be assured to be awakened anywhere from 2 to 5 times for 10 to 15 minutes by the whistle and steel-on-steel clanking and grinding of passing freight trains. Check their website for a $2 off coupon for admission.

The town of Granby is about 30 miles from Kremmling. Several mom-and-pop motels are there, as well as a few B&B's. There is also lodging just about a mile or two east of Granby on Hwy 40 in conjunction with the nearby Sol Vista ski area. Lodging prices will be higher in Granby due to its proximity to Sol Vista and Winter Park. As ski season has started, the closer you get to Winter Park (48 miles from Kremmling), the higher the price of lodging.

Grand Lake is about 14 miles from Granby in the opposite direction than Winter Park and has a number of lodging choices. It is also at the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Being 42 miles from Kremmling, a day trip to this side of RMNP may be within your purview for this trip.

Steamboat Springs is about 50 miles north of Kremmling. It has lots of lodging and is much livlier, but it will be more expensive and crowded with skiers, and in order to visit your uncle in Kremmling you'll have to drive over Rabbit Ears Pass every day. Although just fine on dry, clear days, Rabbit Ears can be treacherous and even closed when it snows.

Silverthorne, Dillon, and Frisco are about 40-45 miles south of Kremmling, and may be more lively, vialable alternatives for lodging, but they will be more expensive due to their proximity to the ski areas of Summit County.

Vail, Avon, and Edwards are just too far away IMHO, and like Steamboat they will be more expensive.

Check with the ladies at the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce Information Center on the main drag in the middle of town for info on things to see and do in the area at this time of year. They are very helpful and may come up with a few surprises. From their advice, the DW and I once met up with Colorado's renowned outdoor photographer John Fielder one evening at an intimate presentation he had at the local middle school, in part to thank the local ranchers for access to their properties for a new book he had just published.
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