i just found out i need to go to Arvada this weekend for work. I will be in the Denver area Sat Sun Mon working (12 hour days). I decided to take the rest of next week as vacation days. I have to fly out of Denver Friday.
I have never been outside of the Denver area and am not sure what to focus on.
I am 50 year old will have a rental car.
I would like to see Rocky Mt NP.
I would like to do scenic drives but not more than about two or three hours away from Denver.
I would like to do some hikes. not long or strenuous as i has knee surgery in july.
i would like to find great photo ops with fall color and mountains. (maybe this is everywhere??).
I dont know whether to spend all of the time (3 nights) in Estes Park/national park area or venture out to such as Vail, Aspen, Tellerude, Summit County towns, St Elmo or the Pikes Peak area and just a day drive through the park. Looking at photos I think the Pikes Peak area is not as scenic as the areas more west?
i would appreciate any help with how to best utilize my time from late Mon until Friday. Im excited that this trip came up during fall when colors and weather are nice so trying to make it good without overdoing it too.