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Two days in Laramie, WY

We didn’t do a whole lot in Laramie. It’s a sleepy Old West city, home of the University of Wyoming, a couple breweries, a charming little crossroads of a downtown, and not much else. Except for the first hour we were in town,...

buena vista

Five days in Buena Vista, CO

Buena Vista, a pretty little town with a special flair for river activities, sits in a valley surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in Colorado. Before you visit, you need to know that it’s pronounced “Byoo-na Viss-ta,” or just “Byoonie.” Don’t...

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Two days in Montrose, CO

Originally, we had wanted to spend a couple nights at Ridgway State Park, exploring the trails there and around Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but the snow event that forced us to reroute through Moab and Grand Junction kept...

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park does not offer extensive hiking; it is mostly about the views and tours of the ancient cliff dwellings. We did a few short hikes and one of the scenic drives, stopping at overlooks to ogle the artifacts. We did not tour any...