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Denver / Aurora Area Day Trails???

Discussion in 'South West' started by UMBCrew, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Jun 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    Hey guys (and gals) I'm gonna be visiting the Denver / Aurora area from California July 7-16 with my girlfriend. We will be in her FJ so i wanted to know if there are any easy trails for a short day drive that would lead to some amazing mountain views . Shes only mall rated so I'm thinking more along the lines of fire roads not much more, nothing hard wheelin'. Any other advice from all you locals would also be greatly appreciated, i.e. where to eat, what to do, what to see, good bars, good music. Thanks again.
     
  2. Jun 28, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    The closest you'll get to Denver is maybe Lookout Mountain above Golden, or maybe up near Boulder. Not sure how you are heading in (I70?) but there are some great views to be had near some of the 14ers. Mount Evans has FANTASTIC views, and the road is paved to the top. But I'm not 100% sure if it is open yet due to snow. Oh, and it is a pay-to-drive road, but well worth it. If you go further south you could also do Pike's Peak, but same applies... not sure if it's open yet. Crazy, right? :)
     
  3. Jun 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    I cant believe i forgot that pikes peak is in CO. i will definitely check that out. sorry for my tourism but what are the 14ers. im sure we will be around golden and boulder at least one or two days.
     
  4. Jun 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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    14er = a peak that is more than 14,000 feet in elevation. Pikes is one, Evans is another. We have a few more too :)
     
  5. Jun 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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    Drive down to Colorado Springs and drive up the 1 hour drive of gravel roads and no guard rails up Pikes Peak to the tourist trap at the top.
    Leave in early morning.
    They just had the Pike's Peak Race, and set a new record in numerous categories.
    Drive up to Estes Park and drive up the mountains in the park, to 12,000 feet and still 8 feet of snow on each side of the road.
    Drive North of Boulder and go up lefthand canyon drive, where it turns to gravel for a while, after some really twisty roads through the mountain canyons.
    Drive West to Lookout Mountain and go up to the tourist trap with Buffalo Bill's gravesite. Great view of downtown from there.
    Have Fun!
     
  6. Jun 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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    garden of the gods is pretty cool drive too if ur going up to co springs
     
  7. Jun 29, 2011 at 5:11 AM
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    Forgot about Rocky Mountain National. Great drive!

    As for Lefthand Canyon... It's on fire again! Hopefully it'll be contained by the time you get here, but for now I think it is closed.
     
  8. Jun 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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    it seems like mt evans is the closest and seems pretty cool. If you guys had one drive to pick that was both a fun drive and good views which would it be. is pikes peak really all that touristy?
     
  9. Jun 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Any restaurant suggestions??
     
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    Speaking of Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs... if you don't want pizza I HIGHLY recommend Tommyknocker Brewery and restaurant right down the street. Fantastic food and good beer to boot.
     
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    I just took my motorcycle up to Mt. Evans last weekend. Road is open all the way to the top and most of the snow has melted. Costs like $3 to drive up there vs. the $20 per person for Pike's peak. Better views at Mt. Evans as well IMHO. Another perk... that Tommyknocker brewery is along the route, although I would recommend hitting it up AFTER driving the world's highest paved road ;)

    The mother-in-law is visiting us for the first time since we moved out here a few months ago and gonna take her up into the mountains so I'm gonna be doing the same thing as you... although I may "accidentally" lose her somewhere in the mountains :)
     
  13. Jul 5, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    As an FYI, the $3 is for motorcycles only. It costs $10 for a car or truck. But that $10 is still well worth it :)
     
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