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There are many things to see and do on our mountain including experiencing spectacular views as you ascend to 14,115 feet, encounter Mother Nature on our hiking trails or watch for wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep or yellow-bellied marmots...more
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This is a half-to-full day hike from the Barr Trail. Not for the untrained, however. The loss of the Cog Railway is disappointing but it should be rebuilt (hopefully) in the next two years. If you drive, it is not fully paved and a lot...More
We got into the park a little late and it was quite overcast. This made for a different view, kind of kept things more intimate as the focus was closer. However, even in clouds, driving a 14er (14,115 feet) is still not for the weak...More
Took some family. members that had never been here, took our four door 4x4 truck and went all the way to the top the views were amazing, though it was rather cold that time if the year everything was great.
Pikes peak is the most amazing view I’ve ever seen. The ride up was great w the expection of the last 15 mins. Several sharp turns which you can’t see. It looks like your riding straight into the sky. Little nerve racking at first but...More
It's a great adventure with the family. Several stopping points for pictures and snow play. Such an amazing view from the summit. Beware of the altitude - but this should not stop you from visiting! 10/10 would recommend.
Due to wind and icy roads, we were only able to go 13 of the 17 miles, but it was breathtaking! Checked out a gift shop, but mainly just drove and enjoyed the views. It was 57 degrees in town and 28 degrees at the...More
Any problems with roads, etc. due to rain? (13 Replies)
Will be there this weekend. Any problems in COS area due to rain? We want to try and see Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. I suppose we should do those on Sat. The weather looks OK for Sat. but 60% rain chance on forecast again for Sunday. Any suggestions for other things to see and do? Thanks
September 12, 2013|
Thanks for the info. Will that impact our travel from our hotel on Academy Blvd to Pikes Peak?
Help with Colorado trip with kids (18 Replies)
Hi, We are looking for some help with our vacation plans. We will be in Colorado for 10 days and we have 4 and 7year-old boys. We are flying into Denver and then driving to Durango. Our final destination will be Castlerock (family there). We plan on spending a few days there at the end of our trip. We have plans to take the Durango Silverton train. We want to go to Mesa Verde for a day. Our 4 year-old probably will be afraid to climb the ladders there. Well Mesa Verde still be a good...More
July 02, 2015|
You don't have to climb any ladders to visit Mesa Verde. The only ladder climbing is on the ranger guided tours of Cliff Palace or Balcony House. The ladders at Cliff Palace are very wide and and it is more like going up steep stairs than climbing a ladder as they are against a rock face. The rest of Mesa Verde is a drive around short walks. It is an easy day trip from Durango. About 45 minutes to the park and another 30 to 45 minutes to Chapin Mesa Sites. Colorado National Monument is...More
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Planning itinerary for 4 days of vacation in Colorado. (5 Replies)
I will be in Colorado for Labor Day weekend from Thursday till Monday. I will fly in and be in DIA Thursday by noon. My plan is to take train to downtown Denver, have lunch there and then rent a car and stay 2 nights at Estes Park. I already booked hotel there. I plan to get up early and explore main sights in RMNP such as Bear Lake, Sprage Lake, Grand Juction. I also plan to ride Trail Ridge. Then after sunset, go back to Estes Park where I will stay last night. Will I have enough time...More
August 21, 2017|
I'll give a tip on Garden of the Gods. You can park on Chambers Way (residential)off NW 31st and just walk in from there. I think you would have time to drive up Pikes Peak but the cog would already be booked.Another option is to take in the views from the parking lot of Cave of the Winds. Royal Gorge is another 45 min drive south of CS (very doable). Any other free time can be spent walking around Manitou Springs or Old Colorado City.