I finally got some time to head into the mountains and have a tough choice. I will either go into the Rockies in Colorado by San isabel national forest with the Colligeint Range and the Fourteeners or the long drive up to Glacier National Park in Montana. Any one been to both? Any opinions which is better, i.e. more beautiful, less people, greener, more wildlife, better hikes ect...
Any help would be awesome.
You need to go to both!
I lived in Montana for many years and have camped at Glacier. The Mission Mountains are majestic, the sky is incredible and the wildlife abundant. You'll definitely have to travel across the Going to the Sun road that runs through Glacier from wast to east. Depending on where you're coming from, if you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend taking the drive on Hwy 93 from Glacier heading south all the way to the Idaho border through the Bitterroot Valley (south of Missoula). There are seven small towns between Missoula and the border and the valley is draped by the Bitterroot mountain range to the west and the Sapphire mountain range to the east. It has grown a lot over the years but it is still beautiful. If you like hiking, Glacier has wonderful trails but remember to pay attention as they do have grizzly bears. The Bitterroot mountains offer a multitude of hiking opportunities, with many glaciated granite-walled trails that lead into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. On the average, you only have to hike about 3-6 miles before you enter the Wilderness boundary
I now live in Pueblo, CO and haven't camped in the Collegiates but have driven by them. Want to talk about another incredibly beautiful sight! As you drive to the west through the mountains you come to a point where you crest over a hill and there they are like a mural painting. They are striking when they are snow-covered against a bright blue sky. I was heading over to the town of Salida for a meeting and when I saw the Collegiates for the first time, I had to pull over and shoot some pictures. I pieced together four pictures and have an awesome panoramic picture of a ranch house, barn and cattle in the field in the foreground draped by the Collegiates. If you go to www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/recreation.shtml, there is a link on that page that lists Forest Service campgrounds.
Hey thanks alot man. Good stuff! Do you remember how busy Glacier usually is? Like I hate it when its over crowded with tourist like Yellowstone is. But then again I guess it just depends on where you go in the park too.
anyways thanks agian.
I prefer the Rockies in Colorado, but its a personal choice. Glacier has the better single drive (The Going to the Moon drive, I think its called), but there is just so much more land and space with high mountains and good hikes and good scenery and great ski resorts and "kickback" resorts and "high-end, upscale" resorts, and spas and hot springs and wild west towns and gold mines, old steam trains, etc. etc. in the Colorado Rockies
Enjoy yourself, whichever you choose.