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Tours for first timers?

West Monroe, LA
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Tours for first timers?

In early May, we will be taking our first trip to Colorado and plan to stay two nights in Estes Park. We have taken off road jeep tours at other locales and really enjoyed them. I see there are a couple of different tours we might try, but really would like to hear some recommendations from forum users as to which might be the best fit for us at this time of year. We are in our fifties, and reasonably active, but not able to hike for long distances. I know that early May is not ideal for scenery, but would like to try to find and enjoy what opportunities are available. We will have a rental car, but hubby doesn't like to drive too much. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

Edited: 09 February 2017, 04:59
Atlanta, Georgia
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for Road Trips
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1. Re: Tours for first timers?

We are heading there later in May and doing a wildlife tour with Yellow Wood Guiding.

Windsor, Colorado
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for Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
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2. Re: Tours for first timers?

There are no off road tours of Rocky Mountain National Park. Tour operators can not drive any road inside RMNP that you can not drive yourself. In early May, Trail Ridge Road is still closed for the season. It is only open as far as Many Parks Curve - maybe Rainbow Curve snow permitting. Old Fall River Road is closed to vehicles. Please note that off road tours in nearby Roosevelt National Forest do not begin until later in May because the roads are still snow covered and/or too muddy in early May.

www.rockymountainrush.com/Price-Table.html

If your primary interest is scenery and not to gain the information a tour could provide, I would skip the tours offered. If you want to learn more about RMNP, then a tour like the ones offered by Yellow Wood Guiding or the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (not Rocky Mountain Rush) would be worth it.

For scenery and great chances to see wildlife, from Denver, drive through Clear Creek Canyon and north along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to Estes Park.

https://goo.gl/maps/nad17EhQptv

This is a very scenic winter drive from Estes Park through RMNP. All of these roads are open year round weather permitting.

https://goo.gl/maps/ubvLnChYN642

You can read more about this scenic winter/spring drive here.

visitestespark.com/blog/…

RMNP routinely seems to get one last good size snowfall around Mother's Day.

Edited: 09 February 2017, 07:12
West Monroe, LA
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3. Re: Tours for first timers?

Thanks so much for this info. It is greatly appreciated!

Los Angeles...
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4. Re: Tours for first timers?

Love this info, thank you! Any recs on things to do in downtown Estes Park? I'm visiting next weekend. Thanks.

Windsor, Colorado
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5. Re: Tours for first timers?

daysiees, see my reply #2 at this recent topic.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g14304…

Los Angeles...
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6. Re: Tours for first timers?

Thanks!

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