Be sure to check out the first day of our trip.
The second day of our Colorado adventure took us to Pikes Peak and the Pike National Forest. We had a quick breakfast then headed back to Colorado Springs. The weather was gorgeous and the views were incredible along our drive.
Once we got to the forest, we decided to enjoy a little hike. The guide that handed us a map after we paid the park entry fee told us that due to the snow we wouldn’t be able to get to the top of the summit, which was fine.
Our first stop was the Crowe Gulch picnic ground. We hiked and we able to get the most incredible views of the peak. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. It was the most magical experience and nothing really compares to seeing something like this with your own eyes.
We kept driving and stopped along the way. The lake was beautiful and the views along the road up the peak were insane. Each turn was more scenic and beautiful than the last.
The Mr. and I kept watching the signs and the altitude knowing that we wouldn’t be able to get much farther than mile 13/14 of 19 because of the snow.
It was so weird seeing the snow and not being super cold. The sun was so incredibly bright and warm that we almost didn’t realize it was in the 30s.
After driving as far up as we could, we headed back down the mountain to the Cliff Dwellings.
We didn’t spend more than about half an hour here. It was cool to see, but a lot smaller than I thought. It was still a really neat experience even though it wasn’t what we originally thought.
I noticed that we passed a turn off for Red Rocks Canyon Open Space on our way to the Pikes Peak so we stopped later in the afternoon.
It was so fun! We hiked for a little bit, took a lot of awesome pictures. The views were amazing and the sun was so warm.
Then we headed into downtown Colorado Springs for a later lunch/early dinner. We had beer and burgers at Odyssey Gastro Pub. The flight of beer we ordered was really great and everything was Colorado brewed. I ordered a beef burger for the first time in over three years. It was Colorado raised, super fresh and served with bacon, cheese, green chili and a fried egg. Needless to say I inhaled it. The Mexican corn it came with wasn’t bad either.
After a long day of exploring we headed back to our hotel in Denver and went to bed early.
Have you seen Pikes Peak?
What’s your favorite place to visit?