Re: Colorado Tour Suggestions?
I presume you're probably already on the road by now, given that your original post was on the 5th, and you planned on leaving in the next 10 days or so, since.
Did a quick short loop of Colorado with a colleague from work, over Labor Day weekend. Left Saturday morning around 6am from Lawton, OK going through Tucumcari and towards Las Vegas, NM on to Santa Fe and up towards Chama, Pagosa Springs and into Durango. Always great riding north of Durango to Silverton, Ouray, and you can make a loop from Ridgeway towards Telluride, Cortez if you would like to return to Durango. Else, you can continue towards Montrose and head east towards Gunnison and down towards Lake City, Creed and South Fork. Or go north from Montrose towards Grand Mesa and head east from there to Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Buena Vista, Leadville, Estes Park.
Like you said, it is hard to do Colorado justice without having a couple of weeks riding time IN the state on hand. Otherwise, your best option depending on what you'd like to do (ie, ride the twisties or go from point to point, staying in each location and smelling the proverbial roses as you go). Would love to see what route you ended up taking when you return.
Ride safe and have a great time!