I am planning a trip this summer starting and ending in Denver. We will have 14 days total (the 14th day can be used to travel to Denver).
We want to do outdoor activities and would like to have some time to explore and hike in each park we stop in. We'd also like to have a day of guided canyoneering/rappelling and white water rafting. We are a family of four with two kids ages 13 and 14. We likely will not camp.
Here are my initial plans but I'm trying to work out timing - adding something else to the trip or spending more time in certain places - suggestions welcome. Especially helpful would be "not to miss" suggestions at these spots.
1 Glenwood Springs
2 Moab - visit/hiking (4 nights)
3 Moab tour of some sort
4 Canyonlands - hiking
5 Arches - visit/hiking
6 Drive to Mesa Verde - Stay in Durango 2 nights
8 Silverton or Ouray
9 Gunnison -explore (3 nights)
10 Gunnison explore (rafting)
11 Crested Butte
12 Salida climb a non-technical 14er
13 Salida (raft)
14 Drive back to Denver - 4 p.m. fliight