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My wife and I are going to be in Colorado next summer for a backpacking trip with our daughter and grandson. We will be spending a few days in Colorado Springs with our son and his family
and then going to Ridgway for some car camping and fly fishing. For the backpacking trip we are looking at the Chicago Basin with the train ride or 4 days for the Maroon Bells and a 2 day to Conundrum Hot Springs. Which would be the best way to go?
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Everyone should do the train to Elk Park to Chicago Basin back to the train at least once in their life.

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Ben,
How many days should I allow for the trip?

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I would recommend at least 5.  6-7 would be better if you have time.

It can be done in 4 (or 3 if you don't like to stop).

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Ben,
We will plan on 6 days. I have a map and book ordered. Thanks. Looks like you live in Durango. A beer and burger might be in order.

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Planning the same trip. Haven't finalized dates and or details yet.
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There's a darn good reason that trip is so popular, you'll have a blast. If you head through the San Luis Valley at all dayhike or overnight Willow Lake, you'll be quite happy you did.

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Be prepared: the train ride is expensive.
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Hi Dave,

Other than the scenery, history, and great people; Durango is known for its beer.

5 breweries in a town under 20k people is tough to beat.  I'm always up for a burger and a good beer.

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Ben,
I'll let you know when we get our dates set.

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