Family next summer: Steamboat or another?

Old Oct 10th, 2020, 04:37 PM
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Family next summer: Steamboat or another?

Like everyone else, we are trying to find a place to meet our daughters for a little vacation together. There would be 6 adults and 2 children (4 yrs and 1 yr). Want somewhere that has nice outdoor recreational opportunities like hiking, parks, wildlife (?), etc. Considering Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, or anywhere else that is relatively easy to get to, even maybe Utah? Some of us are coming from Oregon, some from midwest. I would appreciate any help with figuring this out. Group will have varied interests and abilities so a pool or swimming lake would be good, as well as access to other fun activities. Thank you!
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Old Oct 10th, 2020, 05:40 PM
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"... or anywhere else that is relatively easy to get to..."

You should check flight options for everyone. The closest airport to SS is Eagle County (about 2 hours' drive), but I don't think you'll find any direct flights in summer. Denver Airport is about 3.5 hours away. Breckenridge is about 2 hours from Denver, but I haven't spent enough time there in summer to know the range of activities. Our neighbors spend several weeks a year there, so obviously you wouldn't get bored.

I'd look into the various towns/resorts/state parks in Utah. Park City is hard to beat, and it's only an hour from SLC airport. But I have a soft spot for Sundance in the summer. Much more low-key compared to PC, the scenery is stunning, and I like the range of activities.

https://www.sundanceresort.com/summer-activities/
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Breckenridge would be my choice for your group and children. Wide range of activities for everyone -- gold/silver mines, old jeep trails, narrow gauge railroad, playgrounds, etc. Good hiking and biking trails. Lots of condo options aat reasonable summer prices and great dining. It is two hours from the DIA. All on interstate. Steamboat is nice but a bit more isolated and 3.5 hours from Denver. And interesting side trips to Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood canyon, and some float trips. Serious whitewater rafting through Browns Canyon is available about an hour south but whitewater rafting season can be over by end of June middle of July.

And you want a place with a pool. Any lake is going to be very cold as most of the water was snow a couple days earlier.

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Breckenridge would be my choice for your group and children. Wide range of activities for everyone -- gold/silver mines, old jeep trails, narrow gauge railroad, playgrounds, etc. Good hiking and biking trails.
Here are a couple of great hikes around Breckenridge with varying difficulties.Sapphire Point Trail: A short yet very scenic trail that is suitable for all ages, this beautiful hike is located at the top of Swan Mountain Road. Itís a gentle loop less than a mile long offering views over Lake Dillon, Breckenridge, the Frisco-Vail Pass, and Wildernest-Silverthorne. A favorite with bikers as well, if you prefer a longer experience, it offers many access points in which you can extend your journey (by foot or by pedal).

McCullough Gulch: A great place to catch a waterfall or two (or three or four), the two main trails are just a little over a mile long. But miles from the ordinary. If youíre a fan of pristine white water, bubbling its way down the mountainís streams and brooks, youíll want to visit this area first.
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The world's largest hot spring fed swimming pool is in Glenwood Springs. Since this summers fire that area is not as beautiful as it was last year. There is a great hiking/biking trail east of GWS along the Colorado River.
The people from Oregon should be able to come up with something in Oregon. If the people from the midwest have never seen the ocean, try someplace on the Oregon coast. I live in central Oregon and took a hike

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I find both those odd choices for someone who wants a place that is easy to get to. Not sure how you are defining "easy". Breckenridge is a 1.5-2 hr drive from DEN airport. And it's a very expensive place, I don't know why you would want to stay there for routine desires like you have. You can find pools literally about anywhere in the US, but an outdoor pool isn't going to be that enticing in some northern places, of course.

I just don't know what you mean by easy to get to.

I'd vote for South Lake Tahoe over Breckenridge, it's a much shorter drive from the airport, and if you don't want to rent a car (depending who is coming), they have an airport transport bus that runs all day. Rooms are a lot cheaper than in Breckenridge, also, because it isn't just some expensive resort town, the gamblers and casinos kind of keep room costs down.

That's just one idea, I just think if all you want is hikes, a pool, wildlife and parks there are a lot better places than Breckenridge. Or Steamboat Springs, I just don't understand these choices.

Park City area isn't a bad idea, very easy from SLC airport. I'd also prefer NM (say ABQ to Santa Fe/Taos, lots of ruins/national parks in that area, it isn't even a very bad drive to/from ABQ and Durango, I know because I've done it.

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