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May 5th, 2012, 06:31 PM
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Estes Park to Aspen

We'll be flying into Denver this summer, staying two nights in Estes Park, then heading toward Aspen via (I think) Glenwood Springs. Should I alot one day to go from Estes Park to Aspen or two and dawdle? And f I want to spend the most time in Aspen but be at all economical (and time savvy), would it be any better to stay in Glenwood Springs and drive into Aspen from there? Thanks!
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May 5th, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Depends on what and how much you want to do or dawdle between the two.
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May 5th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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On that leg of the trip, I'm mostly wanting scenery rather than hiking et al., but if folks think there are "must stops" (towns or otherwise), it would be great to know.
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May 5th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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Glenwood Springs is only 41 miles from Aspen. Right next to the Colorado River and I-70 is the lodge with the world's largest hot spring fed pool. http://www.hotspringspool.com/x.php?p=theLodge
You could also ride a gondola car up to the Glenwood Cavern which is also within walking distance. There is also a bus service that connects Glenwood with Aspen.The Glenwood Canyon east of town is very scenic.
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May 5th, 2012, 07:39 PM
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First off, in the summer, it is shorter to Aspen via Leadville and Independence Pass and the scenery is terrific especially over the pass. However, return via Glenwood Springs and I-70 so that you go through Glenwood Canyon. Aspen is not that far so you would really have to dawdle to stretch it into two days. Aspen is expensive even in the summer. It is about a 45 min drive between Aspen and Glenwood so I don't know if that is exactly the best option. Leadville has some interesting things including the Mineral Belt trail. It is a hard surface 12 mile trail that takes you into the old mining territory. Reasonably level for the mountains. In between you have Georgetown and the Georgtown narrow gauge loop railroad. There are lots of things to see and do.
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May 6th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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The loop sounds perfect -- thanks. As does the gondola ride. I'll copy down the info on both!
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May 6th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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But I believe you will want to drive through RMNP on Trail Ridge Road and then drop back down to I70.
Leadville is a terrific little town.
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May 6th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Trail Ridge Road is probably the best, but if you can drive the Old Fall River Road too. Both are very good.
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May 7th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for the tips. We'll be staying in Estes Park and leaving from there, if that makes any difference. We'll be plotting this out on a map very soon.
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May 7th, 2012, 05:23 PM
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Then again, that could probably have been gleaned from the post's header....
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