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14th Jun 2010, 20:00
Off to Denver at the end of August, then on to Yellowstone.
Any suggestions on what to see and where to stay en route would be much appreciated.
I stayed in Denver many times but never seemed to get away from the United shuttle between Cherry Creek and United's simulators!
14th Jun 2010, 21:27
You might enjoy a trip in a glider at Mile High Gliding at Boulder. I got up to 17000' in thermal lift, looking down on the Rockies. Absolutely fantastic.
15th Jun 2010, 17:28
There is not a heck of a lot to see on the road between Denver and Yellowstone, but while you are in the area you really should try to go to Jackson Hole too. Apart from the fabulous vistas there are some river rafting trips which are fun.
17th Jun 2010, 18:59
Thanks for the tip about the road between Denver and Yellowstone being boring. I will look at a wider swing around Jackson and other places
28th Jun 2010, 16:23
Estes Pk, Georgetown, Aspen, Durango,Chama, Cripple Creek, yes I like steam trains, my wife likes cards. I will report back around the 16th regards Alan
5th Jul 2010, 17:02
Thanks Alan, I will delay booking anywhere until you report back. This reminds me of when Ward Bond used to send Rowdy Yates on ahead to check the passes!
6th Jul 2010, 00:35
I just had a two-night layover in Aspen, but we stayed in Glenwood Springs--highly recommended. There is a new Marriott Courtyard about one mile from the town center, but the Hotel Denver or Hotel Colorado might be a better choice to really take in the atmosphere, walk to town and see the springs. Juicy Luci's restaurant was great for dinner and charming. The Daily Bread for breakfast or the Bavarian restaurant. Glenwood Canyon drive on I-70 is stunning! A great overnight stop!
6th Jul 2010, 11:18
Thanks, Galaxy, just the sort of information that I need.
7th Jul 2010, 14:30
Ward Bond and Rowdy Yates in the same prog ? Surely not.
Wagon Train and Rawhide must have been a good few years apart ( memory not Google )
8th Jul 2010, 14:14
Maybe Ward and Rowdy were in different programmes...but I bet they met up at the pass/box canyon/river crossing etc!
10th Jul 2010, 12:06
:) Head 'em up....!
10th Jul 2010, 22:46
Rowdy's boss was Gil Favor. :)
As Galaxy says, the drive through Glenwood Canyon on I-70 is stunning - and a very impressive feat of engineering. Make sure your passenger has a camera at the ready as you drive - although there are some rest stops, there's not much opportunity to pull over to take pictures.
If you have a half day to spare, take a drive along Highway 82 from Glenwood Springs. It's a four lane road initially and then, south-east of Aspen, becomes narrower and starts climbing, reaching just over 12,000 feet at Independence Pass - which is on the Continental Divide. That section of SH 82 is one of the highest paved roads in the Colorado Rockies and is open only in the summer months. The scenery is spectacular.
BTW, as you're a western fan, a piece of 'Old West' trivia ..... Doc Holliday is buried in Glenwood Springs. ;)
16th Jul 2010, 17:27
Wow, I dont know where to start. The scenary makes you realise why Americans dont travel, it ranks with the Yeman, Equador, the Himalayas, magnificent.
I flew into Denver curtesy of the worlds favourite airline,the airport is easy to navigate and stayed the night at a hotel complex down the Pena Boulivard and collected the car in the morning. Did not expect a 4 wheel drive SV on a "cheap we choose deal" had doubts about this, but worth it to visit ghost towns etc. Stayed in a mixture of branded motels and B&B's from BandB online. Thought B & B's better value$150 against $90 as B&B's include fully cooked breakfast which for me negates having lunch.
In order of visit
Estes Park , has superb scenery, saw elkes etc in vicinity,good easy walking, many fishermen catching 20lb trout, river rafting, the national park is magnificent and very easy to navigate, the $20 fee lasts week
Grand Lake worth a night
Georgetown, again good historical value and easily walkable, staying in the B&B was a highlight especially the Joan Rivers like Innkeeper. Visited Breckonridge, Dillon, Loveland from there, forget the shopping experience at Silverthorne.
Aspen, very very expensive, full of beautiful people together with the scenery. Stay in Snowmass its half the price and endure the rush hour drive into Aspen.
The drive from Aspen, to Ouray via Carbondale, Crawford, Montrose, Ridgeway. is very quiet with some very obvious side excursions and stops.
Didnt like Ouray, though had a good meal at the Bulow hotel. Dark with only 1 street, a ribbon town, reminded me of some past TV drama "Twin Peaks" obviously vey good for off raos visits. Would have preferred to stay in Ridgeway.The drive on the main road toward the pass is not for the faint hearted and is thoroughly reccomended, and thats when I ran out of space in my memory card:mad:
Do Silvertown on the train, though its crowded then, there is not much to see except the silversmith on the same side as "Grumpies, "err in doors" loved it, she chose her Christmas present.
Durango is something else, a superb town full of charm and interest, good for retail therapy and the best eating at Ken and Sues, Would on hind sight have preferred the the Gen Palmer to the Strator. Gliding $100 a tow against mountainside with good thermals, thunderclouds developing in late PM. Take the train, Parlor Car is worthwhile, good commentary, nothing like the British presevation scene, not a bit of polished brass in sight. Went to the Theatre for the Hiss and Boo show plus Vaudeville, glad to see Abbot & Costello are alive and well in Durango.
Chama in New Mexico, I have to confess having one of the best days of my life on the train, the guide, the local vet was truely impressive with his knowledge of nature and geology. There is no need to book the Parlour Car as everybody goes into a large open wagon for the journey The big Motel is not as described in the online guides, we had a large cool large room, no breakfast provided but coffee in the room. Dinner in the roadhouse back towards the filling station was a lot better than expected. I didnt think much of Pergosa Springs, a smell of Sulpher hangs over the Town, but I did see some balooning early in the Morning
Cripple Creek is intesting as a base, to visit Victor, go to the viewpoint to see an amazing sight as the dig 0.3 oz per metric ton of gold out of an mountainside and leach it out of the ore with cyanide. The B&B in Cripple week is wonderfull. Eating is to be endured with Ruby Tuesday out of town the best of a very bad bunch
The Garden of the Gods near Manitou Springs is a must, well worth a day, you can hire Mountain Bikes or walk as you wish.
as an after though on every mountain pass one finds cyclists who are very agressive towards the car, Wher else can you see a £5000 on £500 old banger. I hope this helps.
Some warnings, apologies if the are too obvious. Hight, we never slept below 7000ft which even though I have slept higher old age caused us problems with shallow sleeping and short nights. Chip and Pin does not exist and your C/C is taken from you, the scope for fraud is enormous. Water, is it half a pint per hour per 1000feet? drink plenty of it, the long drop dunny is alive and well in Colorado.
Again hight, means you sunburn very easily, factor 25 is a must, and moistureriser used at night, ok I had 3 nasties taken out of my face last year, but having a face like an old boot and having taken no care in the past it ,I deserved it. I hope this helps and you enjoy yourself, if you want any more specifics PM me. Regards Alan Forgot Fairplay superb museum of rural life and good motel. Also avoid cashless Toll Road E470 car hire charges exhaurbitent sums for thingme to use road. Easy to avoid with map
17th Jul 2010, 10:32
bigal1941: Many thanks,cracking info. PM on its way for your detailed interrogation!
18th Jul 2010, 02:21
Let us all know how the trip turns out, please.
18th Jul 2010, 03:19
Some time ago on a lay over in denver a couple of us had a look round the Colorado State Capital Building. We found it very interesting indeed & were given reasonably free access to both the House Chambers. Set into the concrete on one of the steps leading up to the main entrance is a silver dollar coin exactly at the 5 mile high point.
All Staff, Security & Admin most helpful indeed, just a thought if you have a couple of hours to spare.
Enjoy your trip.
18th Jul 2010, 10:54
Thanks for that. I will be leaving at the end of August and thanks to these contributions can now start to plan the trip. I will certainly report back.