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If you think it's going to backfire, it probably will.
Or i just need to convince her to go snowboarding every day...

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Probably your best bet.

Rocky Mountain National Park will be open, but it's a long drive to get there from spots like Summit County or Vail. Plenty of foo foo day spa type places up there.

If she is active and wants to get some sort of recreation in, hiking up the East Face of Quandary is a good one. You can follow the ridge line, making the avy danger pretty much nil. It's a relatively easy hike for a 14er. She might want snow shoes, but most seasons you can do it without them. Of course you are going to want a nice spring day to do that. If there is any weather in the forecast, forget it.

There are always mine tours at the Climax mine in Leadville.
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Yeah, she's pretty active and likes going on hikes - we climbed a lot out in maine a few summers ago. I see RMNP is open year-round. If we stayed in Winter Park locale, I know there are some hot springs near Granby. Is there a back road to Estes area (34, I think?) or would we have to make the long trip back around and through Devner to get to RMNP?

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The High Ridge Trail road from the Granby side to the Estes park side will still be closed and impassable at that time. I wouldn't be surprised if the Granby side of the park is open (never really hung out there) but you won't be able to get to the other side. So it would probably mean a trip down through Boulder to get there.

The Quandary hike is a worthy one and can just be spectacular in April. I've been up there snowboarding the east face and saw hikers in shorts up there. The views are outstanding and it's pretty dang easy route finding to the Summit. I'd guess 5 hours probably less from door to door to do it.

Grays and Torres are fairly accessible during that time frame too. Though you would want snow shoes for those. The nice thing is you can easily bag both of them in a day. They share a saddle. It will be a bit longer of a hike as the road will be impassable to the main parking. You'll want to park right at the bottom of the access road. Trying to get higher will probably get your vehicle stuck. I see it every year. It adds two or three miles to the hike, the ability to pick off two fourteeners in a day is pretty sweet though. 6-8 hours door to door.

You can also hike up a thirteener, Grizzly peak is off of Loveland Pass and is very straight forward. Just take the Continental Divide trail on the south side of the pass. Grizzly is the tall peak just lookers left of Arapahoe Basin. The trail goes right over it. Lot's of people bag that one in the spring. Probably 4 or 5 hours door to door to do that one.

All of these are hikes you'd want to do on a day with good weather predicted. High winds, snow, can make it range from miserable to down right life threatening. With decent weather though, it's just magical.
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awesome again, thanks for the info!

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