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Unread 04-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Scenic places to take family in early May?

I have a WK2 Grand Cherokee.

Some relatives will be visiting in late April / early May. They've never seen Colorado before, and I would like to show them some scenic, pretty backcountry trails with huge views. It looks like a lot of the high passes, which are my personal favorites, won't be open by then.

Any suggestions where I should take them? I don't mind moderate trails if they're necessary to get somewhere good (e.g. 3 or 4 on the 1-10 scale), but I don't think they'll appreciate spending 2 hours in the passenger seat while I creep over rocks in some gulch with nothing to look at.

We will be starting in Colorado Springs, heading over to Aspen, and then making a detour to Rocky Mountain National Park before heading to Denver.

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Unread 04-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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I like the Leadville area in spring, you'll be close when headed to Aspen.
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Unread 04-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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Yup... leadville

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If you are in aspen you have to do the maroon bells. a low rider can get there, but for sure a must see.
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Unread 04-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #5
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I would love to take them to Maroon Bells, but it is actually not possible in early May. There is not enough snow on the ground to take snowmobiles, and the forest service does not open the road until late May. Maybe they will open it early this year, but that has been the case in prior years.

Anywhere in particular to go near Leadville? I am looking at CR 390 that goes up through a bunch of ghost towns, which looks quite scenic. Any actual trails open that early in the year?
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Unread 04-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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I seem to remember taking the wife's 2wd S-10 up Hagerman Pass from the Turquoise Lake side. Could be snow there in May though
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If you are going to rocky mountain national and go threw Estes Park you should hit up pole hill, not vary long trails with some incredible views and scenery.
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