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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 10:43 AM
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I did go back and check and I guess I missed where MoBro suggested anything.
Personally I don't care much for Garden of the Gods and if someone is asking I say i could leave that in order to see something else.
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Old Aug 30th, 2017, 11:07 AM
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Thanks for keeping your eye on me, Gretchen.

My suggestion: do not go to Leadville. Period.

Not hard to find.
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We have driven a loop from Vail (70 west, 24 south, 91 north, 70 west) a couple of times. Beautiful scenery.

We like the drive to Leadville on 24 at least as much as the town itself and enjoyed the self-driving tour of the Camp Hale site. Maybe you have to be a train buff, but we enjoyed the Leadville C&S train ride. You can watch the ride on YouTube and decide for yourself. By mid-September, I think the trees will have changed color. Should be spectacular.

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Old Aug 31st, 2017, 02:40 AM
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Oh, you are right about the trees. The aspens will turn the mountainsides to gold!!
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I agree with MoBro's standard that Leadville is not much of a place to drive through. Like hundreds of mountains, driving through it is pretty boring. You really have to stop and look around to appreciate what is there.

I constantly tout the Mineral Belt trail as one of the hidden gems in the state. Leadville has done a terrific job with the trail. It is an open air museum but nothing has been moved or recreated with min restoration. The insight into what the mining life of a hundred plus years ago is very revealing. Life was harsh and only the tough survived.

The big drawback to the trail is you cannot see it driving by nor can you drive it. You have to walk it or bike it. Since it is a twelve mile loop is it best biked. But it is easy to do -- all paved and relatively flat except for one big downhill and obviously back up hill.

Sometimes you have to spend a little energy to appreciate what is there.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2017, 09:17 AM
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Thanks everyone. So far I have:
Leave Denver on Monday morning - drive to Leadville - spend the day touring.
I love the history behind the town.
Then drive to Aspen through the Independance Pass -have a lovely dinner tour the town if there's is time.
Tuesday go to see the Maroon Bells spend some time hiking and enjoying the views and outdoors. Thinking of going to Redstone or Carbondale in the afternoon. Has anyone been there?
Wednesday drive to Salida spend two days there. Any good suggestions on where I can stay other than Mt Princeton Hot Springs Inn?
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