Road trip
Road trip
Rob Thomas

The Colorado Tourism Office ( or 800/265-6723) is a good place to get maps and information on activities and road conditions.


Boulder Canyon. Popular climbing area, partly managed by city of Boulder. About 5 miles west of town off State 119; or 303/441-3440.

The Spot Bouldering Gym. Bouldering classes from $30, half-day outdoor climbing sessions from $40. 3240 Prairie Ave., Boulder; or 303/379-8806.

Rocky Mountain National Park. Five visitor centers have books and maps. Campsites at Glacier Basin and Moraine Park can be reserved (from $20; or 800/365-2267); those at Aspenglen, Longs Peak, and Timber Creek are first come, first served (arrive early on weekends). $20 per vehicle (for seven days). or 970/586-1206. 

Hi Country Stables. Guided horseback rides in Rocky Mountain National Park. From $40 per person for two hours. Two locations: Glacier Creek (970/586-3244) and Moraine Park (970/586-2327).

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. 100 miles of trails and dozens of peaks (including Castle) in Gunnison and White River National Forests. Free wilderness permit required to hike Maroon Bells; available from U.S. Forest Service (806 W. Hallam Ave., Aspen; 970/925-3445) and at trailheads.

Aspen Expeditions. One-day rock-climbing trips and guided mountain ascents from $150 per person. 426 S. Spring St., Aspen; or 970/925-7625.

Crested Butte Mountain Bike Trails. Pick up a free trail map at visitor center, bike shop, or the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame (12-7 daily; 331 Elk Ave., Crested Butte; 800/454-4505).


The Alpineer. Mountain bikes to rent, biking and hiking gear for sale. Bike rentals from $25 a day. 419 Sixth St., Crested Butte; 970/349-5210.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. A 149,500-acre park with giant dunes. Camping at Pinyon Flats ($12 per night). $3 entrance fee per person. 11999 State 150, Mosca; or 719/378-6300.

4 Corners Rafting. Single- and multiday floats on the Arkansas River. Half-day trips from $42. 22565 S. U.S. 285, Nathrop; or 800/332-7238.

Lodging and dining


Bácaro Ristorante. Italian dishes. $$; lunch Sat-Sun, dinner daily. 921 Pearl St.; 303/444-4888.

BookEnd Cafe. Soups, pastries, espresso, on the mall. 1115 Pearl; 303/440-6699.

Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites. Colorfully painted motel rooms; indoor pool and bouldering wall in main building. From $90. 800 28th St.; 800/542-0304.

Jax Fish House. Lots of seafood choices, lively bar. $$; dinner daily. 928 Pearl; 303/444-1811.



Hotel Durant. Small but nice rooms. From $135. 122 E. Durant Ave.; or 970/925-8500.

Hotel Lenado. Mountain lodge-style rooms with four-poster log beds. From $195, including breakfast. 200 S. Aspen St.;” “” “” “_new”] or 800/321-3457.

Poppycocks. Hearty breakfasts. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 665 E. Cooper Ave.; 970/925-1245.

Six89. Outstanding seasonal menu. $$$; dinner Tue-Sun. 689 Main St., Carbondale; 970/963-6890.

Specialty Foods of Aspen & the Cheese Shop. Deli with great sandwiches and salads. Closed Sun. 601 E. Hopkins Ave.; 970/544-6656.


Camp 4 Coffee. License plate-covered stand has a patio popular with locals. 402½ Elk Ave.; 970/349-5148.

Cucina of Crested Butte. Gourmet deli with great soups, lasagna, salads. $; closed Sun (open daily Jul-Aug). 425 Elk; 970/349-7174.



Bulow’s Bistro at the Beaumont Hotel. Roast chicken, grilled salmon, steaks; off historic hotel’s lobby. $$; lunch and dinner daily. 505 Main St., Ouray; 970/325-7050.

Cyprus Café. Greek and Italian dishes in a Victorian house. $$$; lunch and dinner daily. 725 E. Second Ave., Durango; 970/385-6884.

Jean Pierre Bakery. Lovely French pastries. Closed Sun. 601 Main Ave., Durango; 970/385-0122.

Leland House and Rochester Hotel. Two inns with large rooms, across street from each other. From $149, including breakfast. 721 E. Second, Durango; or 800/664-1920.

Mouse’s Chocolates. Coffee and sweets. 520 Main St., Ouray; 877/793-7447.

Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings. Low-frills lodge over natural hot springs with vapor cave and outdoor pool. From $120. 625 Fifth St., Ouray; or 970/325-4347.


First Street Cafe. Barbecued ribs and steak in historic building downtown. $$. 137 E. First St., Salida; 719/539-4759.

K’s Dairy Delite. Roadside stand with burgers and ice cream. 223 S. U.S. 24, Buena Vista; 719/395-8695.

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