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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    Base your trip in Durango. You can't go wrong, it's all there.
    +1 I love that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    ...My favorite place to visit is southern Utah, next favorite is southwestern Colorado. ...
    Modo, if your trip is in spring, the canyon country of S. Utah is well worth considering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgodave View Post
    Modo, if your trip is in spring, the canyon country of S. Utah is well worth considering.
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    thanks.....we're just trying to find a vacation for next year...I'm really liking the idea of a white water rafting trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    thanks.....we're just trying to find a vacation for next year...I'm really liking the idea of a white water rafting trip.
    Depending on how long your trip is, SW Colorado (Durango, Silverton, San Juan Mountains, etc) and SE Utah (Canyonlands, Arches, etc) can be done really well in one trip.
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    I've been a couple of times to the Denver area. We went to the Garden of the Gods. Also took the cog railroad to Pikes Peak. There's a dinosaur fossil trial that you can do from your car (I can’t remember where it is exactly). Denver has a pretty nice aquarium. Estes park was great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Thank God for snow. It keeps the Texans out for at least part of the year.

    You've never gone skiing here in CO???
    I hear a *lot* of Texan accents on the slopes.

    In the late 80's I was doing college co-op work terms at General Dynamics / FW and there were SIX ski shops in the DFW area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post

    You've never gone skiing here in CO???
    I'm hear a *lot* of Texan accents on the slopes.

    In the late 80's I was doing college co-op work terms at General Dynamics / FW and there were SIX ski shops in the DFW area.

    Texas ski country goes way back

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    +1 I love that area.
    Yep, Durango is great in winter too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDYz...ature=youtu.be
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgodave View Post
    Modo, if your trip is in spring, the canyon country of S. Utah is well worth considering.
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    I could map out a week long route through that area that would be unlike anything anywhere else in the world- 4 national parks, 2 national monuments, 1 national recreation area.

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    ^^ i see your utah and i raise you with the canadian rockies slew of national parks & provincial parks in surrounding british columbia & alberta. you could add either (or both) arizona or colorado and i'll still take the canadian rockies. just not in the winter. =)

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    +1 on Estes Park, even better try Steamboat Springs!

    If the timing is Memorial Day, hit Durango for the Iron Horse Rally, but stay in Lake City, Crested Butte or Fruita. Then again, I prefer Mountain Biking and fresh air. SW Colorado gives the best chance to get remote, hike a handful of 14ers and avoid lightning strikes.

    SE UT and the Grand Staircase in UT are great hiking areas. Try some Fry Bread on the reservations. You will see the "Natives" selling it roadside when crossing the reservations. It is awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    thanks.....we're just trying to find a vacation for next year...I'm really liking the idea of a white water rafting trip.
    Newbie to the site, but for what its worth... my NPS eagle pass always liked Phantom Ranch & their rafting on the Colorado (book early-I had 1yr in advance). Historic, Educational, and well Hell, no other hole on earth like the Grand Canyon. Colorado State feeds all our river sources, so start with the experts. Discovery also listed the top 5 US rafting experiences. Links provided... cause facts are best.

    http://www.coloradoraftingassociation.com/index.html
    http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/w...locations.html

    My dream is biking Yosemite with a pal, but I have a long long way to go before I get there. So after this vacation, you might think of taking your best friend (er... the wife) to the breathtaking views, rafting, & biking experiences of Yosemite. She will definitely love the squirrels ~ Super friendly like the prairie dogs <3

    Cheers & Have Fun Planning Together ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricLynn View Post
    My dream is biking Yosemite with a pal, but I have a long long way to go before I get there.
    What do you mean by "long way to go"?

    Being in LV let me suggest that you take your bike(s) to Zion National Park. From the visitor center to the end of the canyon is not a long distance. They close that road to automobiles most or all of the year and only run shuttle busses so it is great to ride your bike to the various stops, get out and hike, etc. No cars to get in your way and no parking problems.

    Many years ago I did a bike/camping trip hosted by Backroads company. It was a lot of fun, biking during the day, camping at night. That company provided the bikes, fixed the food and carried our camping gear from campsite to campsite, all we had to do was ride but it was a lot of miles each day. We went through Cedar Breaks, UT, Bryce Canyon national park, Grand Canyon, Zion national park. They have trips in places like Vermont but I realized that a couple of people could plan their own trip in places like Vermont. They could pick out inns and B&B's that were close together and carry their own clothes from place to place. Even if they only did 20 or 30 miles a day it could be a great trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    What do you mean by "long way to go"?

    Being in LV let me suggest that you take your bike(s) to Zion National Park. From the visitor center to the end of the canyon is not a long distance. They close that road to automobiles most or all of the year and only run shuttle busses so it is great to ride your bike to the various stops, get out and hike, etc. No cars to get in your way and no parking problems.

    Many years ago I did a bike/camping trip hosted by Backroads company. It was a lot of fun, biking during the day, camping at night. That company provided the bikes, fixed the food and carried our camping gear from campsite to campsite, all we had to do was ride but it was a lot of miles each day. We went through Cedar Breaks, UT, Bryce Canyon national park, Grand Canyon, Zion national park. They have trips in places like Vermont but I realized that a couple of people could plan their own trip in places like Vermont. They could pick out inns and B&B's that were close together and carry their own clothes from place to place. Even if they only did 20 or 30 miles a day it could be a great trip.
    it is approx 5 miles one way from the visitor center to road's end in the main canyon. imperceptible rise in elevation. one of the best places to cycle as it is closed to cars. only open to shuttles and they will not pass you unless you stop to the right side of the road and put a foot down. views are breathtaking and the local deer wander in the road. not to be missed. yosemite valley is a blast and a must do as well but there is more traffic (pedestrian, car, other cyclists).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
    it is approx 5 miles one way from the visitor center to road's end in the main canyon. imperceptible rise in elevation. one of the best places to cycle as it is closed to cars
    The only time I biked in the canyon was over 20 years ago, with the cars in the canyon. The cars weren't a problem for us and the beauty of the bikes was that we didn't have to search for parking places at each attraction. We rode in from the east entrance and they let us ride through the mile long tunnel if we had a vehicle to escort us, then down the switchbacks to the valley floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post

    You've never gone skiing here in CO???
    I hear a *lot* of Texan accents on the slopes.

    In the late 80's I was doing college co-op work terms at General Dynamics / FW and there were SIX ski shops in the DFW area.
    My neighbors are Texans. Great folks, retired schoolteachers. They're only here in the Summer. They leave before the snows.
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    Coming kindof late to this thread wonder how the discussion moved to Utah and AZ when Modo asked about CO. Anyway Modo lots of great places to go... if you would ever be interested in doing bike trips through CO I suggest Backroads for road and Western Spirt for mountain. Did the CO passes with Western Spirit several years ago - one of the hardest things I have ever done but well worth it. As to just being a tourist... try and get out to Telleride, Ouray and Aspen... ride the Silverton train. Climb up Loveland pass if you bring a bike... lots of beautiful places to explore in Colorado (even though I also prefer Utah - less crowded).
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    Hey modo, my sister just posted pictures of a bald eagle in her backyard. I guess it was just hanging out in the tree. She lives in the middle of a 150,000 person city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Hey modo, my sister just posted pictures of a bald eagle in her backyard. I guess it was just hanging out in the tree. She lives in the middle of a 150,000 person city.
    sweet! I'll check it out tonight (blocked at the office).
    We have some red tailed hawks and a hoot owl that hang around our yard.....if I had a decent camera, I'd try to get some pics to post too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
    The only time I biked in the canyon was over 20 years ago, with the cars in the canyon. The cars weren't a problem for us and the beauty of the bikes was that we didn't have to search for parking places at each attraction. We rode in from the east entrance and they let us ride through the mile long tunnel if we had a vehicle to escort us, then down the switchbacks to the valley floor.


    those days are unfortunately over. i cry discrimination, especially when you have lighting/blinkers. grrr. still, the main canyon of zion is a great ride and über-family friendly.

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    12 people in my bike group spent 8 days this spring, with Frisco, Co as our base. Funky little town. Fantastic bike trail system with spectacular scenery everywhere. We biked to Vail, Vail Pass, Silverthorne, Dillon, and drove over to Glenwood Springs and rode the Rio Grande trail to Aspen, with a stop at the Woody Creek Tavern, a famous cycling hangout. We also hiked one day to Mohawk Lake. Everyone fell in love with Frisco and we would go back in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkansasgal View Post
    12 people in my bike group spent 8 days this spring, with Frisco, Co as our base. Funky little town. Fantastic bike trail system with spectacular scenery everywhere. We biked to Vail, Vail Pass, Silverthorne, Dillon, and drove over to Glenwood Springs and rode the Rio Grande trail to Aspen, with a stop at the Woody Creek Tavern, a famous cycling hangout. We also hiked one day to Mohawk Lake. Everyone fell in love with Frisco and we would go back in a heartbeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arkansasgal View Post
    12 people in my bike group spent 8 days this spring, with Frisco, Co as our base
    The I-70 corridor is one of the last areas of CO that I still need to check out. I want to go now but I'll have to wait for some other day.

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