We planned some great stops on our trip out West. After our Texas adventure, we decided to make a couple stops in Colorado. Our first stop in Colorado was in Colorado Springs. This is a sweet little town. One of the reasons we chose this destination was elevation acclimation. It’s about a mile above sea level at just over 6,000 feet.
We made a great choice with this stop. There was no shortage of cute cafes and restaurants to eat in. Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak which rises just over 14,000 feet above sea level. We visited the Garden of the Gods, one of the most beautiful parks in the USA. It’s a national natural landmark, with sandstone rock formations and incredible views of Pikes Peak as a backdrop. It was a site to behold. We stopped at the visitor center which had lots of helpful information then we drove across the street to through the park entrance and into the first parking lot we encountered.
We arrived early in the evening so we could experience the sunset. We were able to walk around and scope out a great spot to take photos. The colors are unreal. It feels as though you are seeing it all through some photo filter app. The views will take your breath away. If you are daring you can get a permit to climb the formations. We saw several climbers on our walk.
The next day we stopped at the Air Force Academy. Keep in mind when visiting this “college campus” you are visiting a military base. You will need to clear the security checkpoint. They clearly take this very seriously, asking for ID for all passengers and asking to look in the trunk of each and every car that crossed its barriers. The “college campus” is a very small part of the property. One of the popular attractions aside from the football field is the chapel. It is certainly the distinguishing feature on campus. I was surprised to find that there were several worship areas within the chapel, including protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buhddist. It was stunning both inside and out. A true work of art.
After our stay in Colorado Springs our lungs were ready for the trek further up the mountain. We drove up to Breckenridge which is about 10,000 ft. above sea level. We checked into our time share resort the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. We booked using www.skyauction.com. The resort was just what the doctor ordered. We had a nice little condo with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room with great views of the forest. We got an unbelievable deal on this condo since ski season was set to start the next weekend. They were making lots of snow each day. We took advantage of the spa and indoor outdoor pool areas.
Breckenridge, the town, was quaint with many coffee shops and local restaurants. We shopped at the City Market to be able make meals on some nights too. You can take a gondola into town from the resort. If you are looking to relax and enjoy the mountain views, this is a great place to stop and smell the roses. We cut our trip short by a day due to an impending snow storm, we were concerned with the road conditions. It ended up being awesome as we added to our St. George, Utah to our journey and enjoyed a day in Mt. Zion National Park. Check out our blog about our day trip here.
Colorado is a lovely state with lovely people. They were kind and easy going. If you like the outdoors, Colorado is the place for you. So many outdoor activities to enjoy. Hiking, biking, skiing and so much more Colorado has it all for you to enjoy.