Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs

Take a short video walk through the park.

     Colorado Springs is filled with parks. Monument Valley Park is one of my favorites for long walks. Its located in the Old North End of Colorado Springs. It is full of paths to give you variety. Stunning trees that flower in June bringing a wonderful aroma to the forest like atmosphere on some of the inner trails.

The Best long walk in Colorado Springs.

     The park is filled with friendly people that don't mind saying hi and waving as you walk by. There plenty of joggers as well as people on bikes. As you stroll through the park they will let you know they are coming so you don't get ran over. The park is dog friendly as long as you keep your best friend on a leash.

What a cute brave bird

      If you do decide to walk the outer trail Monument Creek runs below the trail. Monument Creek runs at a decent pace when there has not been very heavy rains. When we have heavy rains or long periods of rain it can get deep and run rapidly. The creek makes the walk quite enjoyable.

The creek that runs along Monument Valley Park

     The park has a couple of play areas for the kids. The park offers a place to play Tennis and Pickle ball if you need a place to practice up on your skills. The demonstration gardens located in the park offer a nice sanctuary. The park runs from Monroe to Bijou. The Demonstration Garden are located in about the center of the park on Mesa Rd. Just a small walk away on Glen Ave., you will also find the beautiful Heritage Garden. There is a pond between the gardens that has ducks and geese leisurely swimming around. It will be well worth the steps to stop and enjoy both gardens.


     Monument Valley Park is part of the National Register of Historic Places. We shall have it to enjoy for many generations to come.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

For The Love Of Pikes Peak

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Beautiful view of Pikes Peak from Colorado Springs

    Pikes Peak is filled with breathtaking views, if you don't mind the drive to the top. Along the way there are great places to stop and admire the scenery for as far as the eye can see. Do you like fishing? The lakes are stocked and the fish are jumping. Don't forget to bring your pole in the event you decide to fish on a whim. Just in case you forget the snacks there is a a quaint rest stop as you ascend. You can find coupons off the cost of admission if you search online. Tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance.

     If you are into racing Pikes Peak hosts  a race every year around the end of June. The Pike Peak International Hill Climb has been around since 1922. Camping is permitted for the event. If you're a die hard fan it's a great way to try and get the best seat. If you are interested in attending you can check out ppihc.com/tickets.

Hiking by the water
Hiking by the water. Frank Loves it!

      Pikes Peak offers great hiking trails. The motivated hiker can take a serious hike up to the first lake. Plan on spending half a day at least. You will want to bring snacks and water. Of course you can do just a short hike. My favorite short hike is by The Incline. Take the Barr Trail and cut down by the water. It is a difficult hike with small amounts of climbing.

     When it is time to run you can watch or register to join America's ultimate challenge. The Pikes Peak Ascent and  Marathon happens every summer since 1956. The runners race there way to the top on day one and spend day two on there way back down.

Race to the top and back down.
Top of Pikes Peak during the marathon

     There is a great option to see a wealth of beauty while you sit on your bum and sip from your water bottle. The Cog Railway will take you to the top on a casual trip. You will get the bonus of a history lesson on the ride up. The views are every bit as awe-inspiring as the drive. During the summer seats can fill up fast so you may want to purchase your tickets in advance. The Cog Railway is located in Manitou Springs just outside of Colorado Springs. A trip to Pikes Peak is a vacation must, and for those that live here a perfect way to fill your time on a lazy Saturday.

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View of Pikes Peak as you enter Manitou Springs
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