need Colorado/ Denver help please!
Ok, I started a thread a long time back asking...and was gonna bump but it is in the kayak forum after the site re-arrangement so I'm asking anew with my revised agenda. I just spent a week on the Chesapeake bay-and have another vaca the week after next..and then this a few weeks after, so i need to do this CHEAP!
I will be in Denver for the first time Oct 8-11 while my GF is at a conference. Once the conference is over we were hoping to either a) Tent camp a night or two or b) rent a Rustic cabin for a night or two. Something cheap (free), no more than 2ish hours from Denver, scenic and something near some trout fishing preferably.
I was really hoping to just drive to a roadside campsite near water, park, pitch a quick tent and fish that eve and next morning-maybe 2 nights. Here it is not so hard to do on National Forest land (some NPS) and I hope it is the same there on NF, BLM and NPS. I know it is the beginning of hunting season, so cheap cabins will likely be booked? It would be nice to be pointed to an area with options in case one spot is taken and specific directions appreciated. Thought about RMNP but many campgrounds are closed and there is no distributed camping (right?). Was mainly looking at Clear Creek RD, Arapaho NF, Routt NF and Pike NF. Any suggestions???
After this we will prolly lay up in a cheap motel for a night or two before flying out but I'd like for there to be something for us to do nearby. So maybe in Saluda, Colorado Springs, Boulder...somewhere not too far from airport (and prefereably between airport and campsite)
And some random questions:
-Any floatble water left in those parts? I have decided to leave my boats at home, but if something epic is running (whitewater or scenic) we might hafta do it by renting or going with an outfitter. (float and fish would be awesome!)
-Any fishing suggestions (float or wade)-would love to get a cuttthroat or into some of those invasive brookies y'all got!
-Feel free to make other specific suggestions- breweries, bars, point of interest, live music, streams, parks restaraunts
We're handy on the river too if someone is gonna overnight and needs some help rowing, shuttling etc!
Thanks in advance guys and gals, I am in desperate need of some help on the campsite stuff, otherwise I will be driving all over Co. for days with a pissed of girlfriend!