Post # 1
My husband and I are thinking of taking a vacation this summer and I get to pick the place. Well, I’m sure he will have to agree, but I was thinking of Colorado. I think it seems beautiful there and there’s so much to do outdoors! I don’t ski, that’s why we would go in the summer.
1. Where is the best place to stay? (City, town, etc.) I would LOVE to stay in a B&B or hotel on a lake.
2. What fun activities are close to a certain city, or are they all over?
I would love to hike, swim, horse back ride, go white water rafting, etc.
Post # 3
one of my students recommends Hot Springs – there’s a resort there that looks gorgeous (we were looking into a honeymoon there). It’s surrounded by swimming pools and actual hot springs, and looks like a lodge. I’ll see if I can find the picture again.
Post # 4
I would consider going to Canon City. There is white water rafting there and it’s beautiful! I’m not sure exactly where to stay there but I’m sure there are places nearby!
Post # 5
Hot Springs sounds nice…anyone else know anywhere?
Post # 6
We went to Pagosa Springs a few years ago. The hot springs were fun for about a day and then I was bored lol. You could then drive over to Durango for some snow sports or hiking though.
Post # 7
My mom lives in Colorado Springs, and I love, love, love Grand Junction. We went there last summer and had so much fun in the Wineries (got a little crunk) and the orchards (best peaches in the world!)
If you go there, you have to go have this peach pie at this tiny little store that is out in Palisade in the peach fields….The pie there is the greatest in the world.
Post # 8
There’s lots of hot springs in colorado–I have a book called Colorado Hot Springs which you could look up on Amazon or at the library. Of all those listed, I’ve been to Glenwood Hot Springs (Glenwood, near Aspen), Indian Hot Springs (Idaho Springs, close to denver), Hot Sulphur Springs (town of same name, just past Winter Park and the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park); Ouray Hot Springs; Orvis Hot Springs (just outside Ridgeway, near Telluride); Strawberry Hot Springs (steamboat), Valley View Hot Springs (near Sand Dunes National Monument, have to be a member on the weekend), Conundrum hot springs (11 mile hike in the wilderness, near Aspen), and Cottonwood Hot Springs (near Buena Vista). Of all those, Orvis is my favorite with Strawberry a close second. Just as an FYI, you should know that some springs are clothing optional. 🙂
So, if you’re into hot springs, I’d say figure out what area of the state you want to be in, and then look for some hot springs nearby! I’ve always thought this place sounded neat—rent a rustic cabin, get a hot spring filled tub out back: (never been there, though)
Post # 9
If you want hot springs, rafting and 14ers I’d highly reccomend Mt Princeton hot springs. The hotel includes access to the hot springs and its sort of an 1950’s vibe place with a nice restaurant. Nearby beuna Vista has some pretty popular rafting options. You are also along the collegiate peaks which provides a ton of hiking. If you are not active this is not a good option. There are not a lot of activities other than camping, hiking, rafting, hot springs type of things. Its a bit of a drive but its a great spotOtherwise if you are looking for more of a city and activities I’d suggest Boulder or Ft. Collins. Both have awesome hiking trails but also great restuarants and city activities. Both are close drives from the airport and quick access to things like rocky mtn national park.
ETA: as the previous poster mentioned Steamboat is also fun with strawberry springs but its clothing optional after dark but Steamboat would have a lot of a activties like hiking too but more of a town than Beuna Vista. I personally love hot sulpher springs but don’t stay in town, its not that nice, stay in granby, or grand lake. Oh grand lake, very cool place. Go there my all time favorite, no rafting but you have a lake and stay at the Grand Lake Lodge, thinking dirty dancing.
Gosh I really love my state!
Post # 10
I was thinking of Winter Park and then going to the Rocky National State Park. What about that, anyone know anything about WP?
Post # 11
I have lived off and on between boulder, denver, and winter park for years. So yes, its awesome and I love it and still have a home there. Its about 45 mins to rocky mtn national park and Grand Lake, 40 mins to hot sulpher springs. Its a great place. Let me know if you have any specfic questions about Winter Park and that whole valley and I’d be happy to help!
Post # 12
Colorado Springs is beautiful! If you’d like to be somewhat close to Denver, too, you might consider Estes Park or Golden. Estes Park is further north, but is stunning any time of year and adjacent to the national park. Golden is lovely and offers the best of everything, and is nestled right in the foothills. Denver of course is a delightful central location to start from!
Post # 13
My home town is Pagosa Springs. It is beautiful there!!!! Small town not as expensive as places such as Vail, Aspen, Ect. And personally I think the people are much nicer! 🙂 They have BEAUTIFUL natural hot springs. If you stay at the hotel they are free otherwise they are kind of expensive but so worth it. There is also a small wildlife park with bears, mountain lions, ect. Its a lot of fun. If you want more infor on the place let me know!!
Post # 14
I am pretty new to Colorado, but i am getting married at a B&B in Fraser (near Winter Park) called The Wild Horse Inn. It is beautiful and only a few minutes from Winter Park. The couple that owns the Inn are terrific and they have “Fireside Dinners” some nights where a private chef cooks an amazing meal right there at the inn. I would highly recommend staying a night-or more- there on any trip to the Rocky Mountains!
Post # 15
canon city is really cool. we stayed at the koa every few months to visit my dad and you can go to royal gorge and the bridge and there is a western town in the mountain plus a train that takes you through the gorge and you can raft. there is a lot to do and its not a far drive to other things like pueblo and kripple kreek
Post # 16
You must check out Estes Park or Steamboat Springs. I am a Colorado Native and these are my go too spots for a quick get away! All of the outdoor activities are available in both locations: hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding and shopping. Rocky Mtn. National Forest is located in Estes, it’s amazing and you are pretty much guaranteed to see elk every time you are there. Both Steamboat and Estes have a small town feel but plenty to do. You can find a lot of great B & B’s around the state. Winter Park in nice, make sure to avoid driving up there on weekends unless you go really early in the mornings, the highways have terrible traffic jams. They are worse during ski season, but a lot of times they still jam up in the summer. Summer in Colorado is a great time for festivals: music, wine, food. I suggest if you do come to Colorado make sure to see Boulder (it’s near Estes Park by the way). Summer is a great time to get a good deal on a room here too, it’s off season for tourists. Good luck, I hope you enjoy your trip!