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Road trip to Buena Vista for hiking/mountain biking/hotsprings!


Hi all,

I'm getting a bit tired of the shifting details too, so bear with me here.  With all the cancellations, it's changed our options for the negative, so we've had to reconfigure this trip.  It is no longer financially feasible to do the dorm onsite with this few people.

Talking to a member from Buena Vista, I was told that there's dozens of fantastic FREE campsites within a very short distance.  So, we will be camping in the National Forest (for free), which is a 10 minute drive from the hotsprings.  If you don't have tents/gear, I have three.  Anyone who wants to borrow gear, we can go through it all on Wednesday night at my house.  You will need to arrange with me to do this, as I have other options for that night too, so contact me ASAP.

Some sites have National Forest toilets, but most campsites don't have toilets.  There are no showers, but there is the stream/lake right there if you wish to hop in and take a stream bath—which I will do (with biodegradable soap).  If you need to shower, you could go to the hot springs.  In the changing area to the springs, there is a shower there.

These National Forest camping sites are within 15 minutes of the hot springs.  Access to the shower in the changing area (only ONE shower) is part of your hot springs day pass, which is $18 per person, per day.  That gives you access to the general pools, open to all guests at the hotel.

If it is preferred, there is a private pool at the hot springs that is $15/person, per hour if that is desired.  The main pools are really nice though.  However, if we wanted to just hang out as our group only, the private pool is an option.  Honestly, I don’t see hanging out in the hot springs for more than an hour, as I’ll be jello by the end of an hour.

Since we are scheduled to leave at 6pm on Friday, I'd like to know if anyone is willing to drive up early to find the camping spots during daytime?  I really don’t want to try to find a campsite at night. We could take anyone else's tent who wanted and set it up for them so it's done during daytime.  I’d be happy to leave any time after noon.  We could schedule to meet people at the hot springs say between 8-9.  We could then guide them in to the tent area?  I have trail marking tape for that part.

So, if you can drive up with me early, please email.  If you have a vehicle with a trailer hitch, call me. I have a small trailer that would hold all of our gear and all of the bikes too.

Location: Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, County Road 306, Buena Vista, CO.

Trails for biking and hiking TBD.

Duration: Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22.  It's a three hour drive, and so we'll leave Denver at 6pm Friday night, and leave to get home by 5pm Sunday.

Transportation: Carpooling.  Please note in your RSVP if you're willing to drive.

I'll be looking for level 4 or above trails for both hiking and mountain biking; so this will be pretty strenuous so please recognize your abilities.  Two roadies were interested, but have withdrawn.  If you are interested in road biking, note it and you may find others also.  The ride up Cottonwood pass is 15 miles, from 8500 feet to 11,500 or so.  The campsite is less than 5 miles from the highway.

There are many nice mountain bike trails in this area, I was told.  I will be getting the National Geographic map for the area, which has the best info on it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This is now a camping trip. We will find spots in the National Forest, which is within 10 minutes of the hotsprings. We will still be biking and hiking.

    July 16, 2012

  • Andrew D. H.

    I'm from Buena Vista let me know if you need any help or local knowledge with this :)

    July 3, 2012

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