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RE: Cripple creek/Pikes Peak

For a lesser known experience, take the Phantom Canyon Road (CR 67) south to Florence. This section of road is the original route of one of the railroads that serviced the mines of the Cripple Creek area. From Florence, continue south on CO 67 to Wetmore and catch CO 96 west. About 10 miles from Wetmore, head south on CO 165 for 12 miles or so to Bishops Castle. Free, the best price. An amazing castle hand built by one man over the course of around 50 years. Your kids will love this place. Search Bishops Castle to see images. You can return via the same route or extend your day by heading to Royal Gorge. There's a theme park and the bridge on top. Or there's an interesting railroad trip along the river into the gorge below the bridge that starts in Canon City. Another route back to Cripple Creek is the Shelf Road (CR 9). Note that both of the county roads are graded gravel roads but I've easily done both in small sedans.
4runnerguy 07/14/21 10:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cripple creek/Pikes Peak

I lived in Woodland Park for 30 years, and worked in Cripple Creek for most of the time. Just left in April for our full time adventure. Couple thoughts: If you're concerned about altitude (Cripple Creek is 9,500), consider Woodland Park (8,500) or Colorado Springs (6,000). Royal Gorge in Canon City is spectacular. Lunch/Dinner train or just visit. New Olympic museum in Colorado Springs is spectacular. Air Force Academy is something to see. Under the radar: Paint Mines (google it), about 30 min west of Colorado Springs. Victor Gold Mining tour, right next to Cripple Creek. Florissant Fossil beds. Have fun. It's beautiful!
MRC54 07/14/21 10:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What must we do in Colorado?

2. Upper Arkansas River Valley Leadville/Buena Vista/Salida This is an area we go to every year. Leadville is an old mining town with lots of mining ruins all around the town. The ~14 mile paved Mineral Belt Trail encircles the town and has plaques along the way describing what you are looking at, often with historic pictures for comparison. It's at 10,000' so you'll notice the elevation, but it's paved and not by a road. We combine it with doing some loops on the Timberline Mountain Bike Trails on the south side of Leadville with access off the Mineral Belt Trail. Generally easy trails through the woods with lots of short loops. Good views and we've even seen a moose in there. West of Leadville is Turquoise Lake. Fish there or head out in your kayaks. Above the lake is the Hagerman Pass road, which is an old railroad grade that eventually climbed to go through the mountains on a now closed tunnel. Interesting trip though. South of Leadville you'll pass the turnoff to Highway 82 and Independence Pass mentioned above. Near Buena Vista, check out mountain biking on the Midland Trail. An old railroad grade although definitely single track where the trestles have been removed. We ride up from the end of town (the first mile is the hardest) then up the Midland Trail to Bacon Bits, take it to Sausage Link and return to the Midland that way. Then it's off to find breakfast after hearing those names! Out of Nathrop, take the road up Chalk Creek to St. Elmo, a well preserved ghost town. We'll park there and ride our bikes up to Hancock along the old railroad grade (dirt). From there, we'll take the trail out about 3 miles to the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel (collapsed). If you don't mountain bike, drive up to the trail head and hike out to the tunnel. Several side roads to explore with 4x4 off this road. At Romley, turn left and go up past some old mining ruins. Lots of great mountain biking around Salida (S Mountain and Methodist Mountain). Adventurous? Shuttle to the top of Monarch Pass and take the Monarch Crest trail down to the Rainbow trail and then fly down the highway back to Poncha Springs. You'll be above timberline for quite a while with great views. But at 35 miles, bring lots of food and water and prepare for 4-5 hours in the saddle. World famous ride. Each of these towns has it's own personality. Leadville is old mining town at high elevation. Salida is now a really interesting place. Lots of great restaurants and art galleries featuring local artists. Concerts in the park by the river. Speaking of rivers, the Arkansas River has an amazing assortment of sections of varying difficulty. One could spend a number of days kayaking there. Heading down through the Royal Gorge is challenging but very scenic. There are just so many places to fish, whether it's in some of the lakes and reservoirs, to high mountain streams. The area around Leadville itself isn't so good because of the mine tailings that have resulted in some pretty sterile creeks and streams. Hiking? How about climbing Mt. Elbert, highest in Colorado. Not at all technical, but obviously takes a while. Spend a week in Colorado getting used to the altitude before attempting. We like the route out of Halfmoon Creek SW of Leadville. Avoid weekends to avoid crowds (hard to find trailhead parking). A number of other 14,000' peaks along the range are also technically easy if you start to like the view from the top. Either one of these suggestions can easily use up a week or two or three of vacation. LMK if you want more info on either one. I don't know what your camping preferences are, but reservations have filled up fast in the last week or two. Skiing is about over and people are now focused on camping season.
4runnerguy 04/10/21 11:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What must we do in Colorado?

Royal Gorge, Great sand dunes, Mesa Verde.
12th Man Fan 04/10/21 12:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Springs big rig RV park?

If you don't mind driving an extra 12 miles south on hiway 115 from Cheyenne Mt. State Park, Mountaindale RV resort is very nice. It is quiet and has nice large sites. We stay there quite a bit and have had several RV rallies there. It is about a half hour drive to Garden of the Gods, and 40 miles to Royal Gorge.
gwalter 01/30/21 11:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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