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Old 07-14-2015, 05:41 PM   #1
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Colorado on the summer

Any recommendations for things to do and where to stay this August in Colorado. Looking for cooler temps

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Old 07-14-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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That is too broad a request to answer.

What type of park do you want?

What do you want to do?

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:12 PM   #3
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What area are you considering? RV parks, public parks, boondocking? Any special interests? 4-wheeling, hiking?
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:17 PM   #4
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RV parks, no boon docking . We are 77 years old so no hiking, etc. We have been to Vail in winter, and rode the silver ton railroad. But we did not see much else. Maybe I need to go to a web site for Colorado and then get back with you. Thanks
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Take a look at the web sites for Grand Junction, and Palisade. There are wine and peach festivals in the summer plus a lot of things close by (Grand Mesa, Colorado Monument Park, Dinosaur Museum). If you drive down to UT (100 miles or so) there are a bunch of national parks (Monument, Arches, etc) to see. Also Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and museum not too far from Durango but no steep curvy roads between it and Durango.
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Perfectly good question! Southern CO is beautiful, without being quite as rugged as further north around I-70. Durango is wonderful, but campgrounds are high dollar, if that's a consideration.

We spent over a month at Pagosa Springs a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. Very neat little town with a lot of sights to see, a great little library where we bought some books they were purging (something like 5 for a dollar, as memory serves me). It rains almost every day in the summer, but it's high enough elevation that it's quite cool, which I understand is what you're basically looking for. There were a couple of very reasonable campgrounds just a couple of miles west of Pagosa that seemed to have sites available.

Go to allstays.com and look for campgrounds along hiway 160. Great area, and you can't go wrong. The locals there at the campgrounds can line you up with more activities than you can cover!

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:17 AM   #7
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As others have suggested, there's a ton of things to do/places to go in CO that will fit your desires. If cooler temps are what you're after, that means higher elevations. We love Grand Junction/Palisade/Fruita, but they are around 4500 feet, and in August temps can reach 100 degrees. There's LOTS to do in that area.

Here in Pagosa Springs in southwest CO, we're at 7500 feet, so temps are lower. We have monsoon winds bringing moisture from the gulf, resulting in brief afternoon showers/thunderstorms beginning in July through August. There's LOTS to do in this area as well that doesn't involve hiking.

The more specifics you offer, the more suggestions we can pass along. Enjoy Colorado!
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:37 AM   #8
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Any recommendations for things to do and where to stay this August in Colorado. Looking for cooler temps
I'm only approaching 70, but I still enjoy white water kayaking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, hang gliding, ATV'ing and riding my Harley through the twisty mountain roads. I just do them a bit slower than I did years ago.
My summer CO home is at 8500 ft elevation and some days we hit 85 in the late afternoon for a few hours., which is too hot for me. But driving up the mountain a few thousand feet finds me a cool stream, lake or meadow about 10 degrees cooler.
I've lived in 4 different areas of CO over the years and they all have their individual high points. I've been here at least part of the year for the last 25 yrs and still find new activities & attractions. My least favorite areas are the ones that attract the most tourists.
It all comes down to your personal preferences. Pick an area to visit this year and then come back to a different area next year.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:48 AM   #9
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Some areas that might appeal to you are Gunnison, Buena Vista, Pagosa Springs, Durango, Montrose. These will be less congested areas compared to the Denver/Colorado Springs areas. They all have beautiful scenery and good things to do nearby. Have a good trip!
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Grand Lake and Granby are the two coolest places we have found, unless you want to drive up Pike's Peak
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I'll throw in Salida, Empire, Leadville and Silverton.

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