I'm not quite sure where to post this...hopefully this is not the old fogey's forum, although I would appreciate some wisdom. I was born in Colorado, but moved to Texas before age 6. I've visited Colorado numerous times, but mostly in my younger days staying in Denver, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, and a few times in Pueblo and Snowmass. I will be departing on a roadtrip with the GF on the morning of Saturday June 14th. To get there we will set off from well east of Dallas and probably take the "scenic" (yeah right) back way of HWY 287 through Decatur, Wichita Falls, to Amarillo. The old backway that I know continues on through Dumas, Dalhart, and Raton, NM. She does not want to drive straight through. I am not stopping or staying in Amarillo. The more appropriate route would by West on HWY 40 into New Mexico. The indian trinket gas stations are a plus. There seems to be a more than decent amount of green on the map north of Santa Fe. I have a decent amount of camping and backpacking gear. I don't at the moment have GPS nor do I necessarily want to take a three day hike into the back country. We both enjoy the outdoors. I would like to spend the first half of the week camping or backpacking in Northern New Mexico and Colorado. I've never been to The Rocky Mountain National Forest, but that seems a little too epic and a little too far to the North. I normally don't enjoy lake fishing, but I do enjoy trout fishing with bait and a hook. I would like to spend the second half of the week introducing her to family mostly in Colorado Springs and Denver...maybe a hotel night of gambling and buttseks. I'm more of a wing it type person, she's more of needs-a-plan. I'm just a little worried about a lack of memory of area knowledge and changes due to drought, forest fires, closures, etc. Suggestions?