Getting Around Colorado

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    Mountain Driving rules for Colorado visitors

    by dolphingoddess Written Mar 11, 2005

    I know that many visitors to Colorado are what we lovingly refer to as 'flat-landers.' Meaning, that you are unaccustomed to driving in the moutains.

    IMHO, Colorado is the most beautiful state in the US. Breathtaking vistas and views abound in and around the Rocky Mountain region. That being said, should you choose to drive in the mountains, there are some basic principles that need to considered.

    Many mountain roads are only 2 lane roads, meaning one lane in each direction. With many switchbacks and blind curves, passing lanes are an all too infrequent occurrence. You will notice significant fluctuations in speed limits on a mountain road. Just because you just saw a speed limit sign of 20 mph for a curve, does NOT mean that the speed limit is 20 mph until you see the next speed limit sign. Typically when not negotiating significant curves, speeds average between 35-40 in the straight-aways. If you are not comfortable taking curves at or near the posted speed limit, please be aware of and courteous to other drivers who do not share your phobia.

    You will also notice that there are signs along the road for 'Slow vehicle pullout/pulloff.' If you look in your rear-view mirror and see a HUGE line of cars behind you, guess what? YOU are the slow moving vehicle and need to get out of the way.

    We understand that our state is beautiful and breathtaking and welcome you to enjoy the sights and natural wonders. However, you must also realize that we live here and have schedules and lives to lead and oblivious tourists are a danger to us all. Please stay alert for your sake and ours.

    :-)

    ~ Amy

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    Only by Car

    by Colorado70 Written Jun 1, 2005

    This is for all of you not from the US: Unless you are strong lunged and legged to go by bike (which some of you are I'm sure), you will need a car to get around Colorado. The distances are relatively large, i.e. from Denver to Colorado Springs, 1 hr or 60 miles, Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs, 5 hours or 280 miles. Distance tends to be measured more in time than by actual units of distance (km or miles).

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  • Rent a Car

    by phastphreddy Written Jun 2, 2005

    If you're coming from the East Coast, it's a very long drive to get to Colorado. I would suggest that you fly into Denver and rent a car there. It’s not too expensive and it gives you the opportunity to spend more of your vacation seeing the things that you want to see, and less of it driving across the Great Plains.

    Don’t get me wrong; I think everyone should make a serious, cross country, road trip at least once in their lives. It’s just that we often have precious little time and a lot that we want to do with it.

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    Parking Laws

    by ThePeekmeister Written Aug 9, 2004

    Warning - only park on the street in the same direction as the traffic is passing. Otherwise you may get a parking fine of $30, like my brother and me got. Money I'd rather spend hiring MTBs to explore the Rockies!

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    E-470

    by DrexelDragon Written Nov 19, 2004

    A good way of getting from one side of the Denver Metro Area to the other is to use E-470 instead of the major interstates. It's a toll road, but it's definitely quicker during rush hour.

    Denver Airport. It sure looks neat. It's out in the middle of no where. It sure cost a lot of money. And, it sure is difficult to navigate inside. Okay, it's not that hard once you make it through security, but where you need to enter the security area can make you look like you're completely lost. The other thing that I did not like about Denver Int'l is the baggage claim, or more rather finding the appropriate carousel. It's no problem following the baggage claim signs from the gate. Yet, once you get to the point where you can meet up with family and friends...good luck. At least the 5 or 6 times that I flew in, I could never figure out which way to go to find the right carousel. The electronic board that posts your flight and carousel numbers is too far away from the concourse exit, so be prepared to walk around searching for a bit.

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  • Transportation For Skiing

    by DrewE Written Sep 9, 2003

    We rented a car as soon as we got out of the airport. It worked perfect to get from resort to resort. Most of the resorts aren't that far from each other in the rockies so renting a car is the perfect solution.

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    Highway through the mountains

    by goingsolo Written Apr 27, 2004

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    Hwy 550 is referred to as the "Million Dollar Highway" and it passes directly though the mountains. This photo was taken north of that highway, along US 50, while looking back at the mountains.

    last look at the San Juans- Hwy 50

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    by plane from Europe to Denver...

    by ysio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    by plane from Europe to Denver operate BA, LH.
    there is a hub United Airlines.
    by train from others states
    by car or coach.
    by car

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    auto, or Denver Int'l Airport...

    by ViolinGirl Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    auto, or Denver Int'l Airport in Aurora
    On the mountian roads 4WD is very helpful, and essential if you plan to do any trails (high clearance helps too).

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    Horse Back Riding We enjoyed...

    by Koleno Updated Aug 24, 2002

    Horse Back Riding We enjoyed a several hour ride , located near the stables at the Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds.

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    Go Around By Car

    by Stephisknitting Written Aug 19, 2005

    The landscape is amazing so getting around by car is far the best way. Take a map too.
    You then have your own choice where to go, how long to stay and what to do.

    Colorado Landscape
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