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Old 09-15-2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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Things to Do & See In Colorado

My wife and I are leaving VA for Colorado on 10/9. We plan to spend about three weeks in Colorado before heading South to Phoenix, AZ. We are thinking about spending most of our time in Telluride, Crested Butte, and Ouray and are looking for suggestions of things to see and do in those areas. In addition we would like suggestions of other places at lower altitudes in CO to to visit. One of our concerns/fears is snow. We plan to arrive in CO about Oct. 16th and at the elevations of the places that I mentioned I assume that we could encounter snow which we don't want to be near pulling our AS. So although those are places that we are thinking about we may opt for places at lower altitudes to avoid snow. Any advice from those of you who know the area would be greatly appreciated. Are we in danger of snow from mid Oct to the end of Oct at the places that I mentioned above?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 09-15-2016, 05:32 PM   #2
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Re: Late-October camping weather in Colorado

Projections from historical weather data:
  • Crested Butte, CO (elevation 8,900 feet): Temperatures (day/night) = 50/20 F. Possible snow showers.

  • Telluride, CO (elevation 8,800 feet): Temperatures (day/night) = 50/20 F. Possible snow showers.

  • Ouray, CO (elevation 7,800 feet): Temperatures (day/night) = 55/30 F. Possible rain.

If you watch the weather closely, you may be able to visit these areas between storms; as weather changes fast in Colorado, especially in the mountains and during this time of year.

If the weather doesn't cooperate, there are lots of things to see and do in New Mexico, which may be a little bit warmer.

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Old 09-15-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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the hot springs in ouray and orvis hotsprings near ridgway co
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:58 PM   #4
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Check into Durango to Silverton RR, Cortez area w Mesa Verde NP and Hovenweep not far from there.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:31 PM   #5
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If you find yourself heading north, I vote for visiting Estes Park. If there's a god and he takes vacations, Estes is one of his stops.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:35 PM   #6
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Just left CO and you need to watch roads closer in those area, the road from Durango north will close when it get bad. Second, I would not drive in the winter to Ouray from Durango, there is NO road guards or shoulder, its straight DOWN what we call a white knuckle drive in bad weather.

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Old 09-16-2016, 12:40 PM   #7
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Ed... absolutely beautiful towns. In October... bring skis.

- Having a 4x4 tow vehicle is a big plus.
- Snow boots.
- Extra layers of clothing.
- Extra covers for your bed.
- Plenty of propane to keep the frost off the inner walls.
- Keep your upper vents open a little and a window cracked open to keep the humidity in check.
- RV Park with power.
- Avoid filling your fresh water tank.
- Avoid using your black water tank.
- Avoid using your grey water tank.
- Open the door to keep your trailer's water pump from freezing up.

... and you will have the best experience of your lifetime. Beautiful in the Summer and in the Winter just as dazzling. Enjoy your trip and... well, bring a snow shovel too.

And, take some photographs for everyone to see. I am just too chicken to take a chance leaving Castle Rock. I do not want to miss our annual October blizzard... it can really be a doozie.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:42 PM   #8
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Your timeframe is pretty late for the weather here. I live further north in Winter Park (9000'), and we have already had four snowfalls above treeline (it was 29 this morning at my house). The aspens are peaked right now, and we are preparing for winter. I would suggest staying further south along the CO/NM border. Think Mesa Verde NP and the Natl. Monuments in the Four Corners region: Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge, Canyon de Chelly. When you get close, you could check the weather for Durango and make a stop--it's a pretty cool town. FYI, the Durango-Silverton RR stops for the season mid-October. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:51 PM   #9
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We live in Monument CO which is on the east side of the front range of the Rockies south of Denver. There are a number of places to visit in Colorado Springs and this area tends to get less snow in mid-October (including Pikes Peak on the COG Rail line, Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy, Cave of the Winds, etc.) Just Google things to do in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Estes Park (as noted above) is a wonderful place to visit and it is not very far into the mountains from the plains, so less snowy travel if it snows. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are also beautiful in south-central Colorado and there tends to be less snow there in October (try Alvarado Campground for some nice hiking or Great Sand Dunes NP). Also mentioned above is the Durango area with less snow in the October timeframe with Indian cliff dwellings, hiking and beautiful scenery. Just remember, anywhere you travel in the CO mountains from October through May, you can run into snow, so watch the weather forecasts.


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Old 09-16-2016, 01:40 PM   #10
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Ditto for our Colorado neighbors!

If you're into breweries Colorado is the premier destination (Ft. Collins, Golden, just about any mountain town).

We also just came back from Pearl Lake outside of Steamboat Springs if you decide to head further West. Beautiful spot and one of the top 25 kayaking lakes in the U.S., though again, may be a bit brisk in October at times, + snow.
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:02 PM   #11
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South Park

We really enjoyed the South Park museum in Fairplay, where the 9 and the 25 meet. It's an outdoor museum (they even allow dogs!) that is all the different buildings from an old mining town. It's a lovely town (mountains, trees, etc.) and we learned something. And we loved being able to take Mali, the dog.
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:09 PM   #12
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We camped in Durango this summer and drove up for a day trip to Ouray. You might think about that as an option. The Colorado Monument National Park is really nice also. We stayed at an RV Park in town and drove up and around for the day there as well. Mesa Verde is super nice also and the cliff dwellings are really cool. We do love Colorado Springs as well. A little bit of cautious, creative thinking will allow you to see some really cool sites and stay out of the snow but you do have to watch the weather carefully. We tend to think that the element of adventure in "making it work" is a lot of fun for us.
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:30 PM   #13
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In addition to Colorado Springs...

Buena Vista - 7,966 feet
Salida - 7,083 feet
Golden - 5,675 feet
Boulder - 5,430 feet

...are all areas that are lower elevations with things to do. They would make a good "home base" to shoot for with 1-3 day trips to your higher elevation destinations, weather permitting. If you are going to be here for three weeks in October, you will most likely get some snow. The good thing is, that time of year it doesn't stick around long in the lower elevations - if it snows a day or two, it'll be sunny the next. The key would be to be flexible, plan your travel time in the warm part of the day and avoid wet, mag-chloride wreaks havoc on aluminum.

Enjoy! Late fall is one of my favorite times of the year! It's not the "prettiest" time (fall color is over - it's less green, more brown and the beautiful snowy vistas haven't really kicked in yet) but it's an in-between season for tourism so less crowded....which makes it awesome!

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Old 09-16-2016, 03:34 PM   #14
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I agree with Alvarado campground in the Sangre de Cristo area. Absolutely beautiful there....the pic on my avatar is from there.

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