Whoa, two blogs in two days?! Who even am I?! Answer: Someone REALLY excited to hit the road in one short month to explore Colorado (and Utah) west of the ski resorts. After a summer of buying a house, moving my horse cross-country, and general craziness that kept us close to home, we’re taking an entire week to really kick off summer and see the West we’ve yet to venture into.
**POST-ROAD TRIP EDIT** It was 110 degrees in Utah, so we headed back to the mountains after sweating it out in Grand Junction. We camped outside of Telluride, stayed in Dolores, and then went on to Durango. We also got homesick on the second to last day of the trip, skipping Sand Dunes for the straight shot back to Denver from Gunnison.
We’re skipping the central part of the state and making our way straight to Grand Junction, where we’ll camp in Colorado National Monument and tour some Palisade orchards and wineries (other suggestions welcome). From there, we’ll start a tour de National Parks – Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde before ditching the tent for an AirBnb in Durango (hello, shower and laundry). We’ll be conquering our fear of heights on the Million Dollar Highway on our way through Ouray and Silverton before hitting the hay at Black Canyon the Gunnison National Park. From there, it’s Great Sand Dunes or bust before we head back to Denver.
I’ve been kind of frustrated by the lack of information about just how beginner-friendly some hikes are, and which ones offer the best views at some of the national parks we’re stopping at, so get ready for plenty of new and improved OB content for Colorado national parks!
And now, people of the interwebs, I ask you to do what you do best. Tell a stranger what they should or should not do! We have never been to any of these places before, so please let me know what your can’t miss hikes/adult beverages/weird roadside attractions are.
We’ve been told not to pass up the Alamosa Gator Farm, and now that I have a coupon for free gator chow I definitely can’t turn down that sort of entertainment. But if there’s a roadside attraction that teeters too far into weird territory, help a sister out and let me know that too.
Let the countdown begin!!