Thanks for all the input guys! It really is a massive trip for us, and every little tip helps
I will definitely look into flying straight into Tucson - the flights I looked at as an indication were a fair bit more expensive, but I might be able to snag a sale. Like I said - I don't mind the drive at all, but happy to save the time too.
Mikayla, thanks so much for the heads up about fuel prices, I didn't really think if that. I can't believe how cheap fuel seems to us. We pay $1.45 per liter (so roughly $5.80 per gallon). $2.80ish a gallon is a-ok with me!
Thanks for the great reviews of Cripple Creek too - Colorado is one of my all time dream locations to visit. Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods are must-do's for us. I am still kinda hoping we will see snow - even if only up in Independence Pass. Hubby has never seen snow at all, and the last time I did I was 7.