We are a family of 4 with a 14 and 12 year old. We are traveling to Denver, Colorado in mid August and staying for 11 days. We have access to friends' houses in Denver and in Silverthorne (near Dillon). Our plan is to start in Silverthorne and do a bunch of day trips for 4 days in that area. Then on day 6 we will going to Telluride staying there for 2 nights. From the Telluride area we plan to start heading back to Denver and stay there for 2 nights. I know the drive from Silverthorne to Telluride will take about 6 hours and the drive from Telluride to Denver will take approximately 9 hours. I would love suggestions of areas to explore and stay overnight between Silverthorne and Telluride and separately a different area to explore and stay overnight between Telluride and Denver. Thanks!