So a little over a year ago, I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in the Golden area for training for work. I didn’t have a ton of free time during the week, but I was able to hike a couple trails after work. The intervening weekend, I did a whirlwind tour with a meandering drive to Colorado Springs on Saturday, and a day at RMNP on Sunday.
I absolutely loved it and have been looking forward to going back.
Well, my wife and I didn’t really have a honeymoon, so we figured we’d take a trip for our 5-year-aversary, which is coming up next spring. We were going to go someplace ocean-y, but I would rather go back to the mountains, and she’s never been so she wants to see them.
We plan on spending 6 nights, and I’ve come up with a tentative itinerary that I think lets us see and do what we want. I’d love to hear opinions from locals or frequent visitors if I’m on the right track.
We are looking at one of the first weeks in June, which I understand is a little bit before the bulk of the tourist season, not that I expect it to not be busy in some places.
Day 1: Drive to Colorado Springs from Kansas City.
Night 1: CO Springs
Day 2: Hike Manitou Incline, maybe a little bit of the Barr Trail. Garden of the Gods.
Night 2: CO Springs
Day 3: Drive towards Leadville, doing a hike on the way. I think I’d like to hike part of the Leadville Trail 100 course…Hope Pass, maybe. Or Crystal Lake. Hang out in Leadville and ‘re-hydrate’
Night 3: Air BnB or something in Leadville.
Day 4: Drive to/near west side of RMNP. Short hike etc.
Night 4: Maybe Grand Lake Lodge? Anybody stayed and have input?
Day 5: Do east side of RMNP all day, drive to Boulder
Night 5: Either Estes Park, or somewhere between RNMP and Boulder, or in Boulder
Day 6: Chill day. Check out the Celestial Seasonings plant and Fat Tire brewery. Head down to see Red Rocks. Probably not catch a show there since the next day will be driving back.
Night 6: Somewhere Denverish.
Day 7: Drive home.
Open to destination, lodging, food etc. suggestions. I figure that we probably should make reservations if we’re going to be in/near RMNP or Estes Park pretty soon. I assume they get filed up pretty fast. Air BnB type places are a possibility any night.
I made a loop to see everything we want to see, but I could re-arrange or reverse it if it makes more sense.