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Old 02-05-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Colorado Mountain Towns in Summer

Hello! Vacationing in Colorado with a 13 and 17 year old in July. Wanting to keep them busy for 3-4 days without being constantly in the car. Trying to find the best town for the trip to base out of. Don't mind short drives to nearby towns, just don't want to spend a lot of the time in the car (we will have enough of that just getting there and back! )

Any ideas? Thought about Estes Park, but don't want to be in the crowds. Also thought Telluride, as I've never been there, but enough to do?
Any other ideas?
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:00 PM   #2
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Hello! Vacationing in Colorado with a 13 and 17 year old in July. Wanting to keep them busy for 3-4 days without being constantly in the car. Trying to find the best town for the trip to base out of. Don't mind short drives to nearby towns, just don't want to spend a lot of the time in the car (we will have enough of that just getting there and back! )

Any ideas? Thought about Estes Park, but don't want to be in the crowds. Also thought Telluride, as I've never been there, but enough to do?
Any other ideas?
Also wanted to mention, I know what Colorado Springs and Denver have to offer, but would prefer to be on up in the mountains.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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What abotu Winter Park?

My brother in law ans his wife have a place there and my 14 year old nephew spends as much of the summer there as he can. LOTS of mountain biking at all levels (you can rent bikes), an alpine slide, hiking, kayaking and river rafting, zipline, fishing, etc.

We hope to go back to the US this summer and if so the three teens (my two and my nephew) are hoping to have an entire week up there to kick around and enjoy everything.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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What abotu Winter Park?

My brother in law ans his wife have a place there and my 14 year old nephew spends as much of the summer there as he can. LOTS of mountain biking at all levels (you can rent bikes), an alpine slide, hiking, kayaking and river rafting, zipline, fishing, etc.

We hope to go back to the US this summer and if so the three teens (my two and my nephew) are hoping to have an entire week up there to kick around and enjoy everything.
I agree my sister has a place in Fraiser by Winter Park, plus there is Lake Granby.

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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Go to Aspen!

There is tons to do, a great town with lots of awesome restaurants, fantastic mountain biking, horseback riding, etc.

You CAN find affordable places to stay...even right in town with lots of bed and breakfast locations and smaller inns.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:36 AM   #6
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We live down the road from Breckenridge - love it! It is close to Frisco which has some cool small shops. Buena Vista is nearby and has awesome hot springs. Lake George has good fishing. We also like Aspen for its cool vibe and fun shops. Steamboat Springs is a little secluded as is Durango but they are both awesome!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:16 AM   #7
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We went to Estes Park a couple years ago and I didn't think it particularly crowded. We were there in August, so was certainly people walking around town and stuff, but I wouldn't call it crowded.

We only had two days there, but there was plenty more we could have done up there in and around the park.
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What are looking for in the 3-4 days activity-wise?
Rafting?
hiking?
horse-back riding?
rock climbing?
fishing?

all of the above?

some of the drives look long but aren't really that bad from one town to another. We stayed in Co Springs for 5 nights and drove to the Royal Gorge area 2x's...once for the park and another for rafting. We loved having Garden Of The Gods right by our hotel for climbing/exploring (for free) and hitting Manitou Springs / Air Force Academy/Pikes Peak. We started out in Estes for 3 nights and could have easily spent more. I know what you mean about the summer crowds, but really once you get into RMNP it isn't bad at all, so many hiking spots etc. I think Breckenridge a/o Aspen are great choices too tho. We were on a very tight budget so that dictated our locations...but really, CO is SO beautiful..enjoy no matter what you do!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #9
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Another vote for the Winter Park area! We've got a place in Frasier (just bought this year!) and the summers are great up there. Mountain biking, horseback riding, honestly, I could spend a whole day doing the alpine slide over and over!
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Another vote for the Winter Park area! We've got a place in Frasier (just bought this year!) and the summers are great up there. Mountain biking, horseback riding, honestly, I could spend a whole day doing the alpine slide over and over!
I love that slide.

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #11
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Vail is beautiful during the summer with lots of out door activities, Check out Trip Adviser forums for more info.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #12
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Another vote for Vail. We love it there in the summer
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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Estes Park is one of my favorites in the summer.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:32 PM   #14
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I love that slide.

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Just, if it looks like it's going to rain, don't go down it! It started to sprinkle one time and I went to hit the brakes because you're supposed to stop and walk down, and they didn't work, at all, I was just picking up speed! Now, I tend to go pretty fast anyway, but not being able to brake at all was a bit unnerving. My DH bailed out and got scratched up, I stuck the tennis shoes over the side of the sled and did the Fred Flintstone braking until I got to the bottom.

Both kids, thankfully, were able to stop and get off.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:17 PM   #15
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Be sure to check out Breckenridge. A GREAT place to visit in the summer. You will find plenty to do for 4 days. It is about a 90 minute ride from Denvers airport. Take a look at their website GoBreck.com. You will find some really good rates in the summer. Frisco is 9 miles away and Keystone is about a 20 minute ride, Copper Mountain is about 20 minutes away and Vail is about 40 minutes.
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