Colorado Journals

Exploring Colorado

A June 2004 trip to Colorado by Grasshopper

Aspen Mountain Lodge Photo, Aspen, Colorado More Photos
Quote: I'm spending most of summer this year in Colorado. I've made a commitment to explore! I've got my Colorado State Map (courtesy of the lovely lady at the Eagle Tourist Center) taped to my wall and I want to cover as much of the state as I can.

Aspen Mountain Lodge

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Hotel

Aspen Mountain Lodge Photo, Aspen, Colorado
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I booked a "garden room" at Aspen Mountain Lodge for this one-night scouting trip. Here's a tip: Do NOT book online. The rate is the same and they charge you a $20.00 "processing fee". You can call the hotel's 800 number and book directly without paying the fee. The "garden room" is on the bottom floor, actually a bit lower than ground level. Two high windows look out at the feet of people on the sidewalks. The room itself was extremely comfortable. It included a queen bed and a day bed with roll out trundle. Cable TV, a fridge, in-room coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and real mugs, a desk, high speed internet access available for a price. The bathroom was really great. Lush towels and v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2004

Aspen Mountain Lodge
311 West Main Street
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 925-7650

South Park, a restored 1880's Town

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Attraction

South Park 1880s town Photo, Breckenridge, Colorado
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Fairplay is more than a speed trap on way to Hoosier Pass (although DO take care, the Fairplay police lie in wait for unsuspected travelers who don't notice the huge drop in speedlimit!). Dating back to 1858, this small town has several restored log cabins and remnants of the mining days. Fairplay also holds the South Park (this is Park Co.... no relation to the cartoon) Museum, a restored 1880's mining town. South Park Museum is a restored 1880 Mining Town. 7 of the more than 35 buildings are in their original sites. The remaining was moved from other locations in the county. The buildings have been filled with all of the accoutrements that would have been found...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Georgetown Loop Railway

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Attraction

Georgetown Loop Railway Photo, Georgetown, Colorado
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Daughter Jill and I decided to experience the Georgetown Loop Railway, after driving past it for many years. Our first try was Sunday in August with no reservations; bad decision. We just poked around Georgetown (took this great photo from under the bridge) and came back on Monday, when all the weekenders were gone. The train runs from Silver Plume to Georgetown and back. Passengers can board at either end of the route. In Georgetown, buy your tickets at the Loops visitor center at the beginning of town, and then drive to the station, about a mile up the hill. The Silver Plume station is about a mile, as the crow flies, 4 miles as the loop railway travels, west of Georgetown....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Manitou Springs

Attraction | "Manatou Springs, Indian Cliff Dwellings"

Manitou Springs Photo, Colorado, United States
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Manatou Springs provides visitors to Colorado an up-close-and-personal opportunity to visit the old Indian Cliff Dwellings. While these certainly cannot compete with the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings, this much smaller version is a great opportunity to get a look and explore the phenomenon.

Visitors can walk through the "rooms" of the Cliff Dwellings, and imagine what it would have been like to live in those ancient times. Additionally, there is a pueblo that houses museum displays, exhibits and a gift shop.

The views of Colorado Springs and nearby Pike’s Peak are extraordinary.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Manitou Springs
Downtown
Manitou Springs, Colorado
(719) 685-5089

Garden of the Gods

Attraction

Garden of the Gods Photo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this 1,367 acre park is a great place to see flora, fauna and amazing rock formations. The park has many easy trails that meander through the rock formations. Most are wheelchair friendly.

There is a large visitor center and gift shop, a stable where horses can be rented to take out on trails. Picnic grounds are plentiful.

Keep your eyeballs peeled for climbers on the sheer rock faces. Climbing is a popular activity for locals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
(719) 634-6666

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Grasshopper

Grasshopper
Keystone, Colorado