Since our Mexico vacation was cancelled due to the Swine Flu outbreak, we decided to do a family vacation roadtrip through Colorado and Utah.
We started by driving to Glenwood Springs, CO and staying in a cabin along the river in Glenwood Canyon. We did some mountain biking along the river trail and also hiked the “most hiked trail in Colorado” to Hanging Lake. This was a beautiful lake on the side of a mountain. The hike was just over a mile to the lake, but the trail was steep with an average grade of 33%!!!
Next we drove to Ouray and stayed in a hotel along the river. Ouray is known as “America’s Little Switzerland.” This is an amazing place known for some of the world’s best ice climbing and jeep trails.
From Ouray, we drove around the mountain to Telluride, my favorite Colorado mountain town (and where I will probably end up once the kids are grown). We stayed at the base of the gondola in a hotel that normally costs about $1200 per night in ski season for only $129 per night. The gondola connects Telluride to Mountain Village by crossing over the top of the ski mountain – see the picture above from the top of the Gondola. We just relaxed, ate good food, and enjoyed the laid back town of Telluride.
Finally, we headed west to Moab, Utah. We had no idea how the kids would like the desert, but they loved it. In fact, we stayed an extra 3 days. The best part was that the kids conquered Slick Rock, the world famous mountain bike trail. It is basically a solid world of exposed rock along a 12 mile trail. Before we left town, the kids had to get in one last ride. Debra and I were shocked how great they did.
Family road trips are great and this one was one of our favorites so far.