Hey all, Im a long term transplant from Idaho (Salmon) stuck in Oklahoma, im looking to make a week trip to Co in the 2nd week of Oct. I need some time away from the flatlands and some mountians and trees and rivers etc..
Im looking for advise on what to do where to go, plan on camping as much as possible, but ill probably want to stay the night in a hotel or whatnot once in awhile. I was stationed in Colorado Springs when I was in the Army and loved it but I had no car at the time and the other guys I was friends with werent very outdoorsy. Im looking at making a stayover in the Springs for about a day and then going to Estes park. Ill be in the Jeep with my girlfreind, can you guys reccomend some places to go, things to see, roads to drive etc.
Hey from a sooner transplant! We moved out from tulsa in 2010, to the springs, and do not miss that heat you are going thru right now. With the second week of october, the weather could be cold or warm, dry, wet, or snowy. Keep in mind that the first elk season is somewhere close to then, and motels may be full, but then again they may not. The trailridge road will likely be closed in RMNP by then, but it's still worth the visit while in Estes. There's likely to be some trails open still, and you may want to check them out. Take a look at bushducks.com. As far as what you can go see, sky is the limit on that, not sure what you are into.
yeah, i wanted to go in sept so itd be nice during the day and cool at night, maybe catch a bit of a snow dusting if anything, but my side job is nonexistant in august making the money thing tight, i dont even know if ill make it to Estes park. im planning a overnight in the springs but from what I understand the fires have made it less than desirable for a vacation spot this year, might try and do pikes peak again or GOG. I actually entertained the thought of putting my Softail Deluxe on a trailer to do some riding but probably not. Ive actually been looking into jobs in Colorado, but Police jobs arent all that common, unless you want to live in Denver..
Like I said i need mountians trees and lakes and streams and Colorado is alot closer than Idaho or Montana. I plan on trying to camp, but after my divorce a few years back my camping gear was sold off so Im going to have to get a few things anyway. I was looking for a nice easy trail or two with back country camping at the end.
The waldo fire damage is confined to the rampart road corridor, rampart resevoir, and a leg that went east into town north of GoGs park. Manitou is still every bit as wierd,lol, etc., so it really didn't have a huge impact unless you were to camp in that area.
Bushducks is a great resource for trail conditions, so definitely check them before your trip. There are dozens of trails that remain open all year in both northern & southern CO, so it really depends on what towns you'll be near.
As you mention Estes, the Pole Hill trail, close to Estes, is a decent, shortish trail. Make a stop at an overlook or two.
I asked a similar question on a local 4x4 forum for "which scenic trail" and this is a list that came up:
Wheeler Lake, Brody, Classic trail, can be bumpy & slow
Twin Cone, supposedly graded, stellar views
Bill Moore Lake
Mill Creek Loop
Grizzly Lake, pretty tame after the first challenging obstacle, pretty area
St John's Mine
St Mary's Glacier
I promote and like the FunTrek's books (have NoCo, SoCo, Moab) though www.TrailDamage.com is another good resource available.
Lol, cmon now man, you got that huge mountain range near ya down there, the Arbuckles. Theres a steep grade even, 4%,lol. I've been on the other side of redcone, via Geneva Creek, it has remnants of old mines, and a ghost town. Theres a couple of water crossings, but I made the trip in a bone stock Liberty. You can make that easily. Some nice spots to camp there too. Its SW of Denver off US285. Theres a number of trails in that area actually, you'll see them in the funtreks book. You can buy them locally here btw, if you need one when you get up here.
Go to Estes, stay at the Stanley (gotta do it at least once in your life) and enjoy the area. Should have elk rut going on in Rocky Mtn Natl Park, if I recall correctly. That is another of those "have to experience" things - standing on the side of the road in full dark, with no lights while a herd of horny elk walk past...pretty amazing.
Can understand the money thing, for sure. Down by where the wife is from, there is some pretty well known trails around Clayton. Right now, with that god awful heat, I wouldn't be out offroading, risking a breakdown, that's for sure. Theres a few trails off old stage/gold camp right here in town, as well as across southpark, and up by Bailey
So... just curious as to why you are stuck on the Springs area? I know you said you were stationed there for a while, and that it's hard to find a job on the police force unless you look at Denver. But maybe you SHOULD look at Denver. There are so many trails that are very near Denver and if you can manage to get on the force there, I think you'd be more than pleased. Denver has several suburbs that are even closer to the mountains and all the things we love. If you haven't spent much time in the areas outside of the Springs, I would suggest that you check it out before making a move here. Colorado Springs was the first city we considered when we moved here from FL. But after we went north a few times, we changed our minds.