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Colorado - Estes Park/RMNP

Old Apr 21, 17, 12:00 pm
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Colorado - Estes Park/RMNP

Hi all, I am currently planning a September trip to Colorado, both for the desert and Rocky Mountain National Park. Half of the trip will be at Gateway Canyons resort. I know this is a long shot, but are there any relatively decent places near Estes Park/RMNP that I could/should consider? We are avid hikers so staying in Denver and driving in every day is not an option to allow for very early hiking starts. Any help is appreciated.

(I did a search but was unable to locate anything. If there is already a similar thread, please feel free to merge)

Edited to add: This trip is just my wife and me, both in mid 30s, so a family-only type place is not what I'm looking for. Thanks!

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Old Apr 23, 17, 4:55 pm
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IMHO, there is nothing like Gateway Canyons near RMNP. The closest property is The Stanley Hotel, but service can't compare to the Canyons. I would suggest finding a really, really good travel agent with experience in the park.
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Old Apr 23, 17, 10:09 pm
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The St. Julien Hotel in Boulder is a favorite of mine and less than an hour to Estes Park. Nothing else up that way that I would consider nice enough.
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Old Apr 24, 17, 7:49 am
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Originally Posted by katesy View Post
The St. Julien Hotel in Boulder is a favorite of mine and less than an hour to Estes Park. Nothing else up that way that I would consider nice enough.
Thanks! I'll definitely check it out.
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Old Apr 25, 17, 10:34 am
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Agreed, the St Julien is nice. Keep in mind, though, you'll still have a bit of a drive before you get to the park. Honestly, if you're sole goal is hiking within the park, the Stanley (or elsewhere in Estes) is probably your best bet.

However, given it's CO, you've got a plethora of great hikes/climbs to choose from - even plenty of 14'ers - so you may want to have a think over how critical it is you only hike in RMNP.

Regardless, should be a fabulous trip.
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