Features editor Lindsey B. Koehler might just be 5280's most traveled editor. Join us at noon on July 10 to ask her questions about the best getaways in Colorado, must-see spots, and all things travel.

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Ari from Westminster

Hi! We love to go camping but nowadays it's hard to find somewhere that's secluded and doesn't have a park ranger driving by in his golf-cart every 10 minutes, or you're camping ontop of people. Do you know any camping sites that are pet friendly and have a good amount of room between spots so you don't feel like you're in the camping-tents-suburbs? Thanks, Lindsey!

Lindsey B. Koehler

I like Harvard Lakes in the Collegiate Peaks. Very dog friendly and not terribly crowded.

Andrew from City Park

L: do you have a favorite weekend getaway town with a hot springs nearby?

Lindsey B. Koehler

Steamboat Springs. If you haven't been to Strawberry Park Hot Springs outside of Steamboat, you're missing out.

Anna from Longmont/Boulder

Where are the best areas to camp on short notice (no March reservations) in the front range that DO NOT require I-70? I'm thinking car camping as well, with a dog, just like the Rachel and Katie above.

Lindsey B. Koehler

I would try heading out 285 to the Arkansas Valley and the Collegiate Peaks or go north on I-25 to hit the Cache La Poudre River Canyon outside of Fort Collins. There are plenty of spots to car camp (with a dog) in those areas of the state.

Katie from Denver

Hey Lindsey! We're looking to camp, near water, with a large group next weekend (nine people, five dogs). Ideally car camp since we've got a lot of stuff to haul in for two nights though glamping not necessary. Any suggestions?

vicky greer from lone tree

We are 3 "Golden Girls" coming to visit. One night stay...should it be Union Station or Boulder?

Lindsey B. Koehler

Wow, tough question. I love Lower Downtown in Denver, but there's still quite a bit of construction going on in the Union Station area right now. I might try the St. Julien in Boulder. It's just off the Pearl Street Mall; it's near some lovely hiking trails; and it has a great spa. Plus: There are tons of great restaurants in Boulder. You could try Oak, Cafe Aion, or Frasca.

Rachel from Cap Hill, Denver

Thoughts on the best dog-friendly weekend getaway location? Hiking trails, best hotels, dog-friendly patios, etc.

Katie from Denver

Hey Lindsey! We're looking to camp, near water, with a large group next weekend (nine people, five dogs). Ideally car camp since we've got a lot of stuff to haul in for two nights though glamping not necessary. Any suggestions?

Monika from Denver

What are your top recommended 14ers that aren't too technical?

Lindsey B. Koehler

Fourteeners are a rite of passage for Coloradans. I would try Quandary Peak, Mt. Bierstadt, Grays and Torreys peaks, Mt. Sherman, and Huron Peak are all great beginning peaks.

Lauren from Denver

Do you have a good recommendation for a weekend getaway with a one-year old?

Janey from Denver

Is there a trick to beating the traffic on Sunday when returning from the mountains?

Lindsey B. Koehler

I wish there were. I have found that using 285 to access south central Colorado -- instead of I-70 to hit the most popular areas -- is a good way to go. Maybe head to Salida or Crested Butte?!

Amber from Longmont

Best restaurant?

Darius from LoDo

Love Colorado, but hate the crowds on the weekends. What's the best mountain town without the fuss?

Lindsey B. Koehler

Mountain towns without the fuss? Man, tough question. I would steer you toward the following, which all have a more laid-back vibe: Steamboat Springs, Frisco, Leadville, Grand Lake. They're all beautiful and offer different recreational opportunities but slightly smaller crowds.

Jill from Denver

It seems like there are so many festivals going on.. any food and wine or music festival that I shouldn't miss?

Lindsey B. Koehler

You're right. Summertime in Colorado means festivals. I love some of the small festivals that are put on on the Western Slope like the Palisade Peach Festival and the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival. They're so local and downhome -- and the food is amazing. As far as music goes, I like Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs and, of course, I love Telluride Bluegrass festival (which was in June).

Sarah from Lakewood

Do you have a favorite camping spot?

Lindsey B. Koehler

I have several! I love Forest Lakes in the James Peak Wilderness because the hike in is short and mostly downhill. I also love the Lost Creek Wilderness just outside of Bailey, Colorado. Of course, backcountry camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is fabulous, too.

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