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Valerie Salley

Burnsville, Minnesota

Choice between Steamboat Springs area or Vail for summer hiking and scenery

Not sure which way to head for my one week driving tour through the Co. mountains (never been before)...I love nature and easy hiking.  Not sure if I should head to Steamboat for the hot springs or Vail and Glenwood Springs area?  I'll be driving through Denver from MN.  I want to circle through the mountains and see some sites, maybe a little easy rafting trip then stop at Pikes peak area and Co. Springs to end my trip.   Is Telluride a must see?  Thanks!

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  • Kim Langelaar

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    I would choose Steamboat Springs. It has a very small town feel. It is a short drive to Oak Creek, CO, a very rural town outside of Steamboat. There is Taco stand on Main street called Lupita's Cantina. Tacos voted for best Taco Stand in the state. The tacos sell out by 3:30pm. While you are there, go have a beer at Elk's Tavern and say hi to Shirley. Shirley is the owner of the local bar for 32 years. If you are looking to get to know people from a true mountain community, interested in local mining history, it's worth a stop.


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      Thanks...this is the kind of thing I wanted to know! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Jen Dudley

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    Telluride is a must see! It is a 6-7 hour from Denver, so plan for that. It is the most amazing town in the country--you will be blown away by the scenery. I have been going there 2 times a year for 4 years and discover new things every single time. Skip Vail--it is not a historic town at all and is right off I-70. The scenery doesn't even come close to Telluride's in southwest Colorado and it is very pretentious. All the hiking you will need is in Telluride with the highest waterfalls in Colorado, Wilson Peak, Bear Creek Trail, Sneffels Range, wildflowers, 4x4-ing, mountain biking, small historic town with fun little local shops and great food scene. I would spend 3 days there minimum if you want to get some good hikes in and see the town. www.visittelluride.com has a list of all the best hikes and where the trailheads are. The drive to Telluride via hwy 24 to hwy 50 is gorgeous too! Skip I-70. You can also visit nearby Ouray and drive the Million Dollar Highway. That is where you will get a serious feel of driving through the mountains! Once back in the Denver/Colorado Springs are, I would recommend driving up Mount Evans instead of Pikes Peak--unless you plan on taking to cog rail up Pikes. You will see mountain goats and more beautiful tundra landscape on Evans than Pikes--and Evans road is paved, so if you aren't used to high altitude driving, this would be a better bet for you. Good luck! Would love to know what you decide!

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    • Valerie S.

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      This is awesome information and you have inspired me to go to Telluride....I wanted to but thought it might be too far. I am going to head there right after my drive through RMNP down hwy 24 as you suggested. Thanks for the tip on Mt. Evans instead of Pikes Peak too!! · (1 likelikes)

    • Jen D.

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      You won't regret it!! Enjoy and take lots of photos! · (0 likelikes)

    • Valerie S.

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      one more question...should I drive over Independence pass on my way to Telluride? Is that a must see? I may want to stop somewhere for the night between Grand Lake and Telluride, suggetions on that? · (0 likelikes)

    • Jen D.

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      There is now real way to get to Telluride (without going at least 150 miles out of your way) from Independence pass. But if you want to go over the pass, then I recommend staying in Aspen and visiting the Maroon Bells Mountains- the most photographed mountains in the world. You would hit hwy 82 from Hwy 24 south of Leadville, go over the pass stay in Aspen, then return back over the pass to continue onto Telluride. You can always hit I-70 north of Aspen then travel west to Grand Junction, then South to Montrose, then Telluride...but that is going way north to go way south. · (0 likelikes)

    • Jen D.

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      Halfway between Grand Lake and Telluride would be Gunnison and a good place to stop for a quick over night. Its a tiny college type town, so not a whole lot to see, but you could always drive about 45 minutes north from Gunnison to Crested Butte (beautiful) and spend the night there and the return down to Gunnison to continue on your way. Both Crested Butte and Aspen/Maroon Bells are worth an over night and the little bit of the "out of the way." · (0 likelikes)

    • Brew J.

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      Agree with this. The Ouray/Million Dollar Highway drive and area is pretty incredible. · (0 likelikes)

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    Both Vail and Steamboat Springs are great to stay and for hiking. Steamboat is more down to earth. Telluride is amazing. If you go stop and or stay Ridgway and there is a beautiful state park just out of town with easy hiking and amazing views.

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    Both Vail and Steamboat Springs are at the top of my favorite list. It depends on the vibe you are looking for. Vail is significantly higher end-expensive ships and restaurants, interesting people watching. But it also has a lot of charm! Steamboat is way more laid back and has an adorable old town area with unique shops and bites. The hot springs are fun as is a walk to the falls, very easy (wheelchair accessible). Both are well worth the visit, just depends what you are looking for!

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    Steamboat Springs is a personal favorite, so I'm pretty biased. Although, Vail is great for hiking, too. Steamboat (the town) has a much chiller vibe than Vail.

    Hiking Rabbit Ears Pass or the Devil's Causeway are great hikes in Steamboat (there are plenty more). And visiting Strawberry Park Hot Springs is always a great time.

    Telluride is fantastic, but depending on how long your road trip is, it can definitely be out of your way. If you head into Colorado from the north end, you could hit up Steamboat first, swing down to Denver (about a three-hour drive), then make your way down to the Springs. Telluride is around a seven hour drive from Denver and is in the SW corner of the state -- something to keep in mind.

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      thanks...lots of good info to consider...we will drive through RMNP from Boulder stopping in Grand Lake for the night. I could head to Steamboat from there. I would love to see Telluride but maybe on another trip! · (0 likelikes)

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    Vail is just off I-70 so the access is quick and easy. Steamboat is quite a distance from I-70. I would choose Steamboat because it is more remote. If you are driving along I-70 stop by our favorite bakery/cafe The Columbine Bakery in Avon, the west side of Vail for a meal and/or baguette sandwich for the road.

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      thanks....I will check out the Columbine Bakery! · (0 likelikes)

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    Steamboat Springs hands down. Cooler town, more to do, tube the river, its off the I-70 corridor.

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    Easy, Steamboat Springs it's amazing in the summer and the winter! Telluride is nice for sure and there are hot springs down there also.

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