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Hello all!  Brand new as of today to this forum!  My wife and I are planning a trip to Colorado in either June or July and wanted to get a little help.

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1.Would it be okay to camp the week of June 3rd?  There is  big show at Red Rock that we would love to go to on June 2nd (Edward Sharpe & Alabama Shakes).  

2. Where would be a good area to spend 3-4 days in the mountains?  I have done Longs Peak about 10 years ago and LOVED that trip.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Normally, July would be better, but if snow levels lag like they are so far, June might be doable.

The west side of the Sangre de Christo's would be my choice at this time of the year.
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I'm with LB for number one. Crestone is IMO arguably the most beuatiful town in Colorado and the trails above it among the best I've ever done in the world.

1) Overnight or two to Willow Lake, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Weekdays preferably. Car camp a night at the Trailhead and dayhike South Crestone Lake too.

2) Shuttle to Crestone from Westcliffe and go over the top up North Crestone Creek and down the Phantom Terrace. Truly special.

3) Two nights camping at South Zapata Lake. More incredible country.

A bit closer although not nearly as spectacular the Tarryall can be pretty awesome too. May be a bad choice if it is really dry and warm.

Yeah, I'm far more a fan of Southern Colorado. There's some great stuff up North and hopefully Swims with Trout and Go Bllue will chime in.

Without a lot more snow you're going to have a whole lot of choices.


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Thanks everyone!  

I have been talking with the rangers up in Apsen regarding the 4 pass loop, nad they said it still may be tough that first week of June.  Said there could be large snow drifts.

We are looking for that 3 day trip and I am concerned that we would be pushing it there.  

I feel that I am more lost than I was 2 months ago.  :(
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Yes, if you go high enough you will be "pushing it" in early June, unless you want to take snowshoes and be prepared to use them.  July will be much better if you want snow free trails.

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Any other suggestions?  I am really getting worried about my current trip.  My flights are already booked so I can not wait till July:(
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Any other suggestions?  I am really getting worried about my current trip.  My flights are already booked so I can not wait till July:(

Are you flying to Denver?

If you look though old threads -- there are dozens upon dozens of suggestions for early season trips.


If you have the gear and skills, you can get out in early June.   But, the mountains have been getting a lot of new snow this month... probably still not above average, but winter up high is not over yet.


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I have to agree, while our snow pack is still quite a bit below normal, the numbers are steadily climbing, and unlike last year, our temps have been colder than normal, so what little precip we've gotten, is not melting.

You've not said what date your June confirmed reservations are for.

The first/second weeks of June are a no go anywhere except for the west slope Sangre short in/outs already given to you.

As dry as it's been trending, even with the below normal temps, if things don't change there might be several options by the last week of June.

Normally, our BP'g season doesn't start until early/mid July.


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