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Old Jul 1st, 2010, 12:03 PM
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need some suggestions as to what to do between Aspen and Denver.

Mid July we will be in Aspen then have 3 days to go back to Denver to catch our flight. What can you suggest for us to do? Fit 60 year olds.
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Old Jul 1st, 2010, 12:44 PM
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1. hike Maroon Bells area
2. drive Independence Pass
3. Visit Leadville, rent a bike and take a ride.
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To avoid us suggesting something that you already may be doing, please let us know what you have planned to do while in Aspen.

You could bike down Glenwood Canyon.
Whitewater raft the Arkansas, Colorado, or even the Eagle River.
I know some great (and easy) wildflower hikes.
Take a fly fishing lesson.

With 3 days to do it, the one thing I'd suggest is staying off the expressway. Backroads all the way.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:32 AM
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We've done this many times, also in July. There are many resorts along 70, Vail is my favorite. If you want more of a scenic drive, try going north to Estes Park, drive through from the west entrance. Or go South to Colorado Springs - Garden of the Gods, Fluorossant Fossil Beds, we may try this route this year.
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On a recent trip we really enjoyed the beautiful area near Buena Vista. Lots of outdoor activities, spectacular views of the Collegiate Range. We stayed at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort in Nathrop. You could then go NE toward Denver or head east on Rte 24 to the area described in the last post. Florissant National Monument is very interesting, Manitou Springs is an interesting spa town and Garden of the Gods is beautiful
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I'm afraid that in July there are too many options here in Colorado!! It all depends on what you enjoy doing, and everyone here has already made great suggestions. That being said, I second Glenwood and Buena Vista and add to the list Carbondale and Basalt for outdoor activities -- rafting, biking (mountain and road), fishing, camping, etc. The area also has some fantastic farms to visit if that interests you.

Or you could dip down a bit further to Gunnison to visit the spectacular Black Canyon. And while warm, Denver itself offers lots of interesting summer options (Rockies game, anyone?).

And if all this seems like a lot to digest at once, Aspen-Snowmass could serve as a good base for visiting a few places as daytrips -- Glenwood and Hanging Falls, the hot springs at Glenwood or the more rustic (I mean, really rustic) Penny Hot Springs; the Maroon Bells; rafting/fishing/biking/horseback riding, etc. Personally, I could stay in the area for days and only check a few things off the list because there is so much to do.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 03:12 PM
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Any good places for lunch in Vail?
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For lunch in Vail there are lots of choices. We like the Sonnenalp resort's Bully Ranch restaurant for its outdoor pair and great menu. It is in town, across from a very cute chapel, and net to the river.
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We loved Up the Creek in Vail. So much, we went back for dinner twice!
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