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Suggestions for mid Oct trip with NP closures in mind

Parker, Colorado
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Suggestions for mid Oct trip with NP closures in mind

Thanks in advance for any recommendations you may provide. I started researching this trip a couple of months ago, have read so many TA posts in preparation, and now with the NP closures am feeling that my trip needs help! We are coming from Denver, two adults and two dogs. We rented a cabin on the Grand Mesa for Thurs - Sat nights. Were planning on taking several day trips including the Colorado National Monument and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I know about Lands End, know we can visit wineries in Pallisade, know we could drive down to Montrose and maybe even Ouray - although it isn't close. What else can we do on the Mesa? Are the fall colors still in tact up there? How about a trip home to Denver via Gunnison and Salida? Any must stops? I wish I had a different itinerary now... thanks for any recommendations.

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Windsor, Colorado
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1. Re: Suggestions for mid Oct trip with NP closures in mind

Forest service hiking trails are still open. There are no rangers or facilities available. Wear hunter orange in areas where hunting is permitted. Trail brochure for Grand Mesa

…usda.gov/Internet/…stelprdb5365425.pdf

BLM lands are also open during the shutdown. Check out Dominguez Canyon.

blm.gov/pgdata/…20Canyon.pdf

For additional ideas - museums, other hiking and biking trails, etc. See things to do at www.visitgrandjunction.com

There are several Colorado State parks along your route.

www.parks.state.co.us/Map/Pages/Map.aspx

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