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Old 04-25-2016, 02:07 PM
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Easy 3-day trip in Colorado (north of Denver)


New to this forum, although I've been a member for awhile, but first time posting!

My wife and I have an opportunity for a 3-day backpacking trip in July. We're leaving Boulder, CO (east of Denver) on the morning of Friday 7/22, and need to be in Cody, WY (outside Yellowstone) by late-afternoon Monday 7/25.

We're looking for help in planning an itinerary that's relatively easy, but hopefully not excessively crowded...and which isn't too far out of the way from Boulder to Cody. This will be her first time backpacking so I don't want to overwhelm her with lots of difficult terrain or distance. Not having to worry about bears would be good for her sanity as well! A nice campsite or two would also be great, because we might consider doing a basecamp to allow for dayhikes on the middle day.

I've never planned a trip so this is all very overwhelming.

Can anyone recommend a 2-3 day trip that would work for us? I did look at RMNP and there are some remaining campsites, but the ideal ones are (of course) already reserved, which leaves us having to cover long distances or camp very close to the trailhead. If we do go to RMNP it would probably be to the west side, maybe the Tonahutu or North Inlet Trailheads? Beyond RMNP I'm not really sure what's out there.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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