Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe
My wife and I are going to head out to Colorado for 4 days this summer. Tentatively, we're going to stay in Breckenridge for a day or two, and Vail / Beaver Creek the other days.
As a must do, I want to do some rafting. She's only up for a half day. I was looking at the places on Clear Creek, as well as the places out of Glenwood Springs. Neither of us have been whitewater rafting before. I'm up for a challenge, but her not so much. Where's the best spot to go that will be fun for me, but not scare my her so much.
My other must do is a good hike. So far, I think Mohawk Lakes near Breckenridge is the winner from my research. I'd also like to do Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon if time allows. Crowds don't bother me at all, as long as there's parking at the trailhead.
Her must do is that she wants to go ziplining. Where is the best spot for this? Some of the rafting outfitters have raft / zipline bundles... This would probably be the best since we can do both in a day. If the ziplining were a lot better at a standalone outfitter though, we'd reconsider.
Is there any must-do's that we're potentially missing out on? We'll probably spend some time in the towns / villages poking around and we're definitely up for some relaxing by the pool if its nice enough.
Food-wise we're also looking for recommendations. Steakhouse / nice Italian is about as fancy as it gets for us. We're more into the Diners, Drive-In's and Dives type places... the local must eat joints... and possibly a Mexican restaurant too. We're not really interested in any Asian / Eastern restaurants either, as we can simply drive into Toronto and be in the world epicenter for multi-cultural cuisine.
Thanks for reading!
What specific time this summer is critical for rafting. Clear creek has a very limited season- unless you are going to be there early in June, it is probably no go.
From where you are talking about staying, I think the two obvious rafting calls would be Glenwood Canyon or Browns Canyon on the Arkansas. Glenwood is ~ 1 hour away from Vail and it sounds like you want to go there anyways. Browns is about 1 1/2 hour South (Buena Vista).
Glenwood Canyon is short and intense- many trips give you 2 and 3 laps.
Browns is 1 time through, with either a half or full day. It has several miles of calmer water to get used to things before the canyon. This is one of the premier and most popular trips you can take. Depending on the time of year, the water ranges from rowdy to massive, but not terribly technical. There is one hydraulic on the full day trip that can sometimes be daunting, everything else I'd take my grandmother along.
Are you planning on biking? The Summit County trails are really, really good. Honestly, if you aren't, I don't know what one would do in Summit and Vail for 4 days in the Summer and not get bored. Without biking or hiking every day, I don't really know what one would do to occupy 4 days.
Since you are already talking about venturing out as far as Glenwood, have you considered staying there? You can fill 4 days in that area really easily.
1 day rafting/zipline
1 day biking canyon and hanging lake
1 day drive up the Crystal River to see Marble and hike out to the Crystal Mill. This area is one of the most beautiful and most undisturbed areas of CO.
1 day in Aspen, or alternatively drive out to wine-tasting in Palisade.
Nights can be spend in the Hot Springs lots, of really good restaurants (Rivers is one I would highly recommend- I proposed to my wife there) and good shopping type stuff.
Regardless of what you choose to do note that weekends on I-70 are more congested in the Summer than the Winter.