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telluride/ouray or rocky mountain national park please help us decide

telluride/ouray or rocky mountain national park please help us decide

May 6th, 2002, 01:11 PM
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telluride/ouray or rocky mountain national park please help us decide

planning a trip to colorado in AUgust. Originally planned to go to Rocky mountain national park. Have recently been hearing that the southwest corner of colorado is equally if not more interesting. Would appreciate help understanding how the two areas differ and suggestions about which area to choose. Thanks. We have two boys--5 and 10. We all enjoy the outdoors, hiking, swimming, fishing, etc. We loved Zion national park last summer.
May 6th, 2002, 02:19 PM
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First of all, you have 2 great choices; you won't go wrong either way.

Assuming you're flying into Denver, then RMNP will be much closer. Attractions in the park are also relatively close together. You can spend the night in the same place the whole time, and still see as much as you want in the park. There aren't lodgings in the park, but the camping is great. Be aware that the Moraine Park Campground doesn't have showers. I don't think you can fish within the park, but I'm not sure. I can't think of anyplace in the park to swim. The YMCA camp just outside RMNP on the Estes Park side would probably have many things to do for kids, and they do have showers.

The southwest corner of Colorado has loads of things to do, but they tend to be pretty spread out. If I had kids along, I'd probably choose Ouray over Telluride. There are some cabins along the Dolores River, south of Telluride, that look like a great place to spend the week.

I live in Durango, so I'm biased, but if I were to stay in the southwest corner, I'd probably choose Durango because it's a hub with lots of activites in easy reach, for example, the Durango-Silverton Train, the Bar D Wranglers cowboy show, Mesa Verde, rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, four wheeling up to mountain passes, etc.
May 6th, 2002, 02:35 PM
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I would also think with children especially it might be more fun in the southwestern part of Colorado. I've been to both areas and though I love them almost equally, RMNP was a little crowded even in May so August might be worse. Durango and surrounds does have a lot of activity to offer children. You may have to consider the fires this year as the drought seems to have taken it's toll on the area overall.
May 7th, 2002, 08:30 AM
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If you decide on southwestern Colorado, Southwest Airlines flies into Albuquerque (3.5 - 4 hours from Durango), a few airlines (like United) have shuttles directly into Durango, and one carrier goes into Montrose (convenient to Ouray ).
May 7th, 2002, 12:12 PM
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As pretty as RMNP is there really isn't all that much to do there.

I am a huge SW Colorado fan. Lots of different things to do and just awesome scenery.

We picked upmy sister in Alb and drove up to the area and that wasn't bad at all. Same sister once flew into Colorado Springs we it was a nice drive over through Gunnison then Montrose and down to wherever you decide to stay. I don't think you can go wrong anywhere in the area. You are making a big loop so anywhere is pretty central.
May 7th, 2002, 02:17 PM
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RMNP is a beautiful park, but it will probably be really busy in August. There are lots of opportunities for wildlife watching and hiking, but I'm not sure this will keep your kids entertained.
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