Aston Martin Owners Club – Road Trip to Colorado The Red River Chapter of the AMOC has organized a 5-day, ~770 mile road trip event through the Colorado Rockies, and all AMOC members are invited to join! We meet in Colorado Springs on June 30th, and from there we make our way up to Estes Park where we will be staying at the historic Stanley Hotel over 4th of July. This event is entirely free – you just pay whatever it costs for hotels, gas, and food. There is a cap of 50 people and there are currently 42 signed up coming from California, Texas, and Colorado, so space is limited and hotel rooms are running low. The full, detailed itinerary is attached along with detailed information about the hotels and how to make your reservations.
This AMOC Members-only road trip starts in Colorado Springs on Monday, July 1st. Depending on how far you’re driving to get there you may have to leave Saturday or Sunday. From Colorado Springs to Estes Park, the road trip will involve ~770 miles / 15 hours of driving spread out over 4 days. It is imperative that you RSVP on the event event Evite since all communications and updates will be done there.
Our route takes us all over the central Rockies, so the scenery should be quite spectacular! We will be making stops in Crested Butte, Aspen / Snowmass, and Estes Park. Every day has a hiking / sightseeing option. 3 of the 4 hikes are morning hikes, so you can always skip that, sleep in, and meet up with us for the drive later, but these hikes are going to be well worth the effort, and are fairly easy and short.
Expect daytime highs to be 72-77º with nighttime lows of 39-46º. We will be at 6000-9000’ elevation most of the time, so those coming in from sea level should be careful the first few days. It takes a day per 1000’ of elevation change to acclimate.
You do not need to bring anything fancy. Just comfortable driving clothes, hiking clothes & shoes, and whatever you’re comfortable in for dinner. Temperatures will go from cold to warm, so take that into account.
The full details on lodging are in the separate Lodging document, but here’s the summary:
You will need to make your own reservations. You should make your reservations ASAP because we are *not* getting room blocks held for us – just discounted rates. Being 4th of July these rooms will book up sooner rather than later, so you should do this immediately while there is still availability! Here are the four places you need to make reservations:
Arrive at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs (just outside of Colorado Springs) anytime today/tonight. Manitou Springs is a fun little tourist town with lots of touristy shopping, so if you arrive early enough you can tour the town or tour the nearby Broadmoore Hotel area. Around 7:00 pm those who have arrived can meet for dinner.
DAY 1: MONDAY, JULY 1st
After breakfast at The Cliff House hotel we will head over to Garden of the Gods (5.5 miles away) for some easy morning hiking.
Set Waze to House Rock Kitchen in Buena Vista for lunch. Drive is 91 miles @ 1:46h.
Lodge at Mountaineer Square in Crested Butte $258.47 (inclusive)
Day 2: Tuesday July 2nd:
This morning we head to The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument for some incredible drives and views. Possibly some short walks to scenic spots, but no major hiking. Set Waze to South Rim Visitor Center. 92 miles @ 1:51h
Visit the Visitor Center & the Gunnison Point Overlook.
Now we drive down into the canyon. Head back to the Entrance Station – there turn left onto East Portal Road. It’s about 6 miles down into the canyon to the river.
Set Nav to The Stone House in Montrose for lunch. ~20 miles / 35 minutes.
Lunch at The Stone House
Set Waze to Hayes Creek Falls 93 miles @ 2:00h. Parking is on the pullouts on the side of the highway, and the falls are just 100’ from the road.
Set Waze to Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass. 48 miles @ 1:00h.
For those who want an early morning hike to see what is generally deemed the most scenic place in Colorado we will head over to Maroon Bells which is about 16 miles from the hotel. Plan on hiking & exploring for 2-3 hours. If we are lucky and get there early enough we may be able to park (public parking is cut off after 8am and may fill even earlier). Otherwise, we take the bus into the park. Those not hiking get to sleep in or go explore Aspen.
Set Waze for Butterhorn Bakery Cafe in Frisco for lunch. 98 miles @ 2:38h
Arrive at Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe for Lunch 2:30pm Set Waze to Berthoud Pass 59 miles @ 1:08h (pee stop)
Set Waze to Alpine Visitor Center 69 miles @ 1:30h.
Alpine Visitor Center short walk @ 12,000ft to see the overlook (pee stop)
Set Waze to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. 25 miles @ 0:40h
Today is the 4th of July and we have lots of options to choose from: hike, drive, relax, etc.
Hike to Emerald Lake
For those who are up to it we will meet in the lobby and head out to the
Bear Lake Trailhead. The trailhead is about a 1/2 hour drive from the hotel, and here we will be doing a 3.5 mile out and back hike to Emerald Lake. We must get an early start because this trail and parking lot gets packed!
Have lunch at the hotel before heading out because nothing will be open on the road.
In case you haven’t seen enough beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, here’s another chance to see more! Set Waze to US Forest Service Visitor Center on Poudre Canyon Hwy: 66 miles @ 2:05.
Pee stop at Visitor Center then turn around and go back the way you came.
We will be on the snow, man-made if necessary, from 10am-noon. The club is subsidizing the cost down to $15/person. Bring your family, bring your friends. If you have never “tubed”, you are in for a treat.
After the tubing, we will proceed to a top-drawer buffet brunch at the historic Colonial Inn in Concord MA (sample menu here). We will each pick-up our own check ($35/adult, $19/child-under-12 years).