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.
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?