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Night 26: Over the Rockies Today we drove 268 miles north out of the San Luis Valley and then east over the Front Range of the Rockies. The fulcrum of this line was the town of Buena Vista. Weather was in the 70's most of the day and was getting cloudier as the day wore on. Today we drove past some sights we haven't seen in many years since before …
... There was a sand beach on the other side of the lake where the kids were playing in the water. We climbed up on some rocks beside the lake and had our lunch. The Lake really deserves the name Gem.
After lunch we headed back down, which took a lot less time, but it was ******* my knees. I was really ready to get out of my hiking boots and sit in the car and let the wind blow in my face for a while. We decided to go back to Denver via US 34 ...
... to New Mexico. On the western horizon, just slightly to the southwest, lies the Collegiate Range.
We were allowed 30 to 40 minutes on the top of Pikes Peak. The reason for this is that most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude (slight nausea, headache) after about this amount of time. I did get a touch of nausea, but more light-headed. In the high season, the summit house serves thousands of people daily. ...
... The scenic grandeur led Kathy Lee Bates to write the poem "America The Beautiful" after a trip to Pike's Peak in the late 1800's.
We reached the summit you can see 4 states , the snow covered peaks of the Continental Divide, the cities of Denver, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs and the historic gold camps of Cripple Creek and Victor.
It was incredibly cold at ...
Great mountain views all along the way:
Chimney Rock, LaGarita Mountains, Great Divide/Wolfe Pass
The campground isn't worth the money--gravel roads that need fixing; sites need more gravel. Highway noise was terrible.
How has this motel rated in the past?
This was a good hotel. It is very clean with updated rooms and well worth the price we paid. The pool was closed due to renovation so we got a deal.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.