We went to Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago for a little family vacation with my husband’s sister, her husband, and their daughter. Their son lives there, and we all went out to visit him. They’ve been trying to get us out there for a couple of years since he relocated there, but the timing has just never been right. It all worked out this year, and I kinda hate myself for not going sooner! I loved absolutely everything about it. But rather than bore you with details, I’ll dazzle you with photos!
PIKE’S PEAK – We couldn’t get all the way to the top of Pike’s Peak the day we went. From the bottom it’s like 19 or so miles to the top, but they had it blocked off at around mile 16 because they had just gotten a heavy snow and didn’t have it plowed.
GARDEN OF THE GODS – I’d like to go back and spend more time here and hike more of their beautiful trails.
MOUNT CUTLER – We all (dogs included (not ours–our nephew and his girlfriend’s) drove to Mount Cutler to do another short hike. It was short, but it was challenging because of my hip. Going up was fine but coming back down the steep parts really hurt. But the view was totally worth it!
COLORADO WOLF AND WILDLIFE CENTER – This was hands-down one of my favorite things we did while we were there. This is an amazing facility offering refuge and sanctuary to these beautiful creatures. It was very educational about the fur industry and the impact of wolf hunting and how it’s harming our ecosystem. It was amazing to be standing so close to these animals. And when they all started howling? OMG. Goosebumps.
THE MANITOU INCLINE – This “trail” is known for being one of the most extreme and difficult trails in Colorado. It’s slightly less than a mile long, but in that mile you gain 2,000 feet. It was brutal, but it was amazing. It starts off at a fairly low grade, as you can see in the first picture from the bottom looking up. But once you get about halfway, the incline grade increases dramatically–up to 60% at times. We hiked up the incline but rather than go back the way we came, we hiked down a section of the Barr Trail. This is a must-do for anyone visiting the area looking for a challenge!