Now that we’re in Colorado Springs, the road trip is really starting to feel like a true vacation, and not just a daily 6 hour drive. We first went to hike Pikes Peak, but the top (best) portion of the private park was closed due to the recent snow.
Sadly, there was no proration of the entrance fee, even though you could only get about halfway up, so we looked at the beautiful, snow covered peak from afar.
So our next stop was the nearby Manitou Cliff Dwellings. These are Native American Anasazi pueblo structures approximately 800 to 1,000 years old. The museum is geared towards school groups, but provides quite a bit of interesting information and has artifacts and dioramas.
Since we didn’t get much hiking in this morning, next we stopped by Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
This is a very cool local park! Very dog & mountain bike friendly, but still fun to hike as well. Add this to the list of great, unexpected places we visited.
So many great views just within a short 3 mile loop, although this park likely has over 12 miles total.