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  1. Default Yellowstone to Durango, CO

    Ok, we have friends who spend each summer in Durango, Co.
    The first year we flew into Alburqueque and spent most of our time in Durango and the surrounding areas ( Ouray, Silverton, Mesa Verde SP, etc.).
    The second year, not wanting to repeat the same trip, we flew into Las Vegas, then hit all the major parks in Utah ending at Moab, UT. We crossed over and stayed a few night in Durango and then the groups of us went to Telluride for a few more nights and then flew out of Grand Junction.
    This year we would like to fly into Jackson Hole and head down to Denver (where we have a different friend who lives there) hit the surrounding areas and work our way down to Durango.
    This would all take place mid August and we have 10-14 days to do it.
    We are very interested in outdoor activities like hiking and biking. We are marathoners and tend to do most of the hikes in half the normal time ( just to give everyone a feel for how much time we might need).
    Any suggestions?? Is this a doable trip??
    Everything I see on the web are trips originating in Denver and doing a loop. I dont think we have time to do a loop type trip. Trying to max activities and beauty in a about 2weeks.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default A few of many to consider.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    I would say that your trip is easily doable and a one way trip makes perfect sense. Of course you have a lot of options open to you and at this stage it might be worth digging around the RTA site for some ideas. The Map centre is great for creating routes and finding attractions along them.

    One option would be to drive to Yellowstone via the Grand Tetons and then head East towards the Black hills, Mount Rushmore, Custer state park and possibly Badlands NP. A trip to Denver and a visit to Rocky mountain NP, either on route of after visiting Denver. From 'there' you could make your way to US 50 and over Monarch pass, through Currecanti National Rec Area to the Black canyon of the Gunnison. To get from Denver to US 50 at Poncha springs you could go direct through Fairplay on US285, or you could head South to Manitou Springs for 'Garden of the Gods', 'Cave of the Winds' and Pikes peak to name a few options. A third option would be to head West on I 70, from where you could detour over Loveland pass, which is very scenic and located on the Continental divide at close to 12000ft in elevation and to Leadville, which happens to be the highest incorporated town in the USA and past Twin Lakes.

    You will have to 'pick and mix' depending on how long you want to spend in any one place but it's a start.

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