If anyone wants to run some trails with us, that would be cool, maybe someone with some experience on Black Bear Pass. I hear its intense!
I have some family up by Paonia that I have not seen in a while, so that is one of my three full days in CO right there.
The plan is to leave on Friday afternoon August 26, get to Provo UT mid day Saturday and see a friend. Sunday we are driving into Arches and hiking and staying in Moab that night. Then two nights in Canyonlands. Wednesday the 31st we are heading out from the Needles District via Beef Basin and the ruins there.
We can get to Ouray or Silverton by the evening of the 31st. We need Labor Day and the Sunday before it to drive back to WA, so three days max, but I am only giving myself two so I can see some family. Quite the whirlwind tour really. Labor Day Monday helps a little, but I really wish I had more than a week, and more time in CO. Its hard trying to get 8 people on the same page about how to spend our week.
I want to prioritize our short time there, but not plan an unrealistic itinerary. I was thinking one full day could be Ouray down 550 to Black Bear, Imogene Pass, and Yankee Boy / Governor Basin, and back to Ouray. Does that seem like way too much for one day?
Second day I wanted to do Poughkeepsie and California, but not sure what to hit after that. Maybe something that would take us down to Silverton so we could check out that town.
Thanks for all the input and ideas everyone.