Category: Colorado

Rocky Mountains: Cottonwood Pass

Colorado is known for it’s winding ways of dangerous roads and high passes. I’ve driven on a couple of them: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Million Dollar Highway going between Silverton and Ouray. But on this last road trip I had the opportunity to visit a couple more. After a

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Hiking the Alpine Tunnel Trail

From St. Elmo we backtracked a little down the road and took to turn off for the ghost town of Handcock and the Alpine Tunnel Trailhead. This is an out and back trail, it is also part of the CDT and we did briefly speak to a couple of thru-hikers. The road to this trailhead

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Rocky Mountains: St. Elmo, CO

What is better for October than a ghost town? Maybe pumpkin spice and hot tea but it is a close call. To get to this town please note that you will be driving on dirt and gravel roads. St. Elmo is an interesting ghost town for a few reasons: It was abandon essentially overnight when

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Browns Canyon National Monument

Our first big hike on this road trip was to Browns Canyon National Monument. Browns Canyon is a relatively new national monument as it was established in 2015. This area caters to all adventurers without being too crowded – at least the part we were in wasn’t. There are hiking and dirt biking trails and

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Rocky Mountains: Buena Vista Restaurants

We visited Buena Vista a couple of times over the course of the trip and both were for food although we did enjoy the river walk area near South Main Street also. Our first visit was after a long day spent visiting: Colorado Mountain Lavender Phantom Canyon Victor, CO Keltin and I needed food and

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Rocky Mountains: Phantom Canyon

After visiting Colorado Mountain Lavender, we headed down to Canyon City to find the turn for Phantom Canyon Road. This road starts north of Florence, CO and ends at Victor, a mining town. This is approximately 35 miles of unpaved road that takes a minimum of 2 hours one way. The area is beautiful with

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Rocky Mountains: Salida, CO

I love little mountain towns and Salida is one of my favorites so far. Overlooked by the Collegiate Peaks and on the banks of the Arkansas River this beautiful little town was a joy to visit. Since we were staying with family near Salida we did get the opportunity to know this town better than

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Colorado Mountain Lavender

While stretching our legs in Westcliff and letting the dogs use the restroom we wondered over to the visitor center, it was closed when we were there but in the window was a sign for a local lavender farm, Colorado Mountain Lavender. A quick internet search told me it was still open for the season

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Rocky Mountain Road Trip: Texas and New Mexico

Day 1 – Texas The first day’s drive was fairly short and needed to be because we left after work to spend the night with friends in Amarillo. We have both made this drive often as we went to college in the Texas Panhandle. The most direct way to get from DFW to Amarillo is

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