How do I get to this place?
Directions from the Denver Airport to the Wild Horse Inn. One thing to look out for is that Google Maps inserts a bunch of extra streets into what's really a simple route. Wild Horse Inn has more concise directions.
Which Airport should I fly in to?
Denver International Airport (code: DEN) is the closest.
If you're concerned about going over Berthoud Pass, get info on delays and conditions. You can also call the hotline for lane closure and information:
1 877 315-ROAD (7623)
Extra points if you bike.
Wild Horse recommends Home James for shuttles.
Map of the Fraser Valley
coming, as soon as Stacey gets a topo.
Recommended Pit Stops
- Grocery store on the way from the airport... We were in need of one of these on our way from DIA to Winter Park. After we stopped at a Chiptole (eww!), we then saw a Wild Oats natural market off of 70. Our loss is your gain, we recommend Wild Oats, highly. Unless McBurritos are your thing.
- House from Sleeper: Off I-70, to the south, look quickly. Yours for only $7,950,000
- Donuts!: Sunrise donuts in Idaho Springs is a must stop. As you might guess from the name, there are hot springs in the town, in caves. If you're keeping track.
- Empire: really cute town on 40, just after you take Exit 232 for Empire/Granby... worth a stop for some snax.
And the Fraser Valley is at what elevation now?
Well, some HAM-radio, amateur meteorologists say 8560 feet (2609m to the Canadians)
Weather.com says that the average is around 74 deg. F. But in May when we visited, it felt a lot hotter than that... maybe because it's bone dry, and in the mountains the sun feels more intense.
A special message from Jonathan, to the flatlanders
Make sure to bring these high altitude essentials: sunglasses, some sunscreen, chapstick, and a hat. Also, drink lots of water, because you're at elevation, it's very dry, and if you're anything like Jay Patrikios, you'll have a Miller in your hand at all times.Altitude Sickness (not to be confused with attitude sickness)
I got this once at Rainier, which is at 14,000, but still, here's some info:
Altitude sickness is caused by the lower level of oxygen available at high elevations. Headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath and nausea can mark altitude sickness. At the Inn and in Winter Park, you'll be at about 9,000 feet above sea level (see above FAQ about HAM radio). Remember to drink lots of water, and pack ibuprofen or aspirin as you may experience headaches. On the plus side, Billings will be getting drunk off of less beer!
Schreiber is a wikipedia junkie, and they (it?) recommend eating carbs.Diets high in carbohydrates may make people suffering AMS feel better.
Dining around Fraser/ Winter Park
Chris from Wild Horse recommends:
- Basecamp Bakery (her favorite)
- Wild Rose
WikiTravel has some suggestions about Winter Park dining
Well, this is a tricky one... as Stacey and I keep trying to find the hidden gourmet gem along Hwy. 40. I can tell you that we didn't really have a stellar meal at either:
- The Shed: ho-hum steak, chicken or fish...
You might find a favorite place, but I think that a burger is the best bet.
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