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Oct 2, 2019 - Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge is impressive however it is highly commercialized. There is a hefty charge for admission to the area, a restaurant & gift shop on both rims, a tram ride, a zip line, and aerial coaster, a children's play area, a shuttle tram around the area and a movie house. There was a catastrophic fire a few years ago which destroyed most everything but the bridge itself. The ride that took you down into the gorge was destroyed and not rebuilt. Now you an pay to hire guides to climb/repel down into the gorge. There is also a train ride...

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Oct 1, 2019 - Holy Cross Abbey & Winery

Heading east to west across Colorado our next stop was in Canon City, CO staying at another Harvest Host free night of camping winery. This time it was at the Holy Cross Abbey & Winery. We actually stayed two nights here so we could check out the nearby Royal Gorge & Bridge. We will post the Royal Gorge separately. The Abbey is no longer functioning as an Abbey. It was a boy's school at one time in addition to housing priests and some nuns. Weddings are still conducted in the Abbey's Chapel however. There are tours of the entire building...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Canon City, Colorado

We headed back out on Hwy 50 up over Monarch Pass of 11,000+ elevation. Little spooky, but Dale is a good driver and we made it to Royal Gorge KOA. This is absolutely the nicest KOA we have stayed in and had an amazing view. This is a big recreation area and you can travel into Royal Gorge where a LARGE bridge spans the gorge. Only problem is that this is private land and they have incorporated an amusement park into this area and charge you to get in ($28) even if you just want to see the gorge. We spend enough money on these trips and do...

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Fall 2019

Jun 8, 2017 - Day 40 - Fairplay to Canon City, CO

Today’s ride to Cañon (pronounced canyon) City, Colorado was a downhill and WINDY 66-mile ride with 2,149’ of ascent. From Fairplay, elevation 9,953’, to Cañon City, there was a large amount of downhill. The end-point of today’s adventure was Cañon City, Colorado, population 16,400 at an elevation of 5,331'. Cañon City straddles the easterly flowing Arkansas River and is a popular tourist destination for sightseeing, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. The city is noted for being the location of nine state and four federal prisons and...

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Jul 5, 2016 - Pike's Peak

Just outside of Colorado Springs in the village of Manitou Springs is the COG railroad to the top of Pike's Peak. The train is standard gage, but there is a cog track between the normal tracks and cog teeth on the train which allows it to pull at a steeper incline than a regular train. The trip takes around an hour and half each way and goes from the base at around 6,300' to 14,100' at the peak. It was right around 90 degrees at the base and 46 degrees at the peak with a wind chill of 40 degrees. You spend about 30-40 minutes at the top,...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Garden of the Gods

Within the Colorado Springs city limits (in a residential area) lays a city park called "Garden of the Gods." The park is a series of unique sandstone formations which you can either drive or walk around. We chose the former, since it was 93 degrees. The Visitor’s Center has several exhibits and a video which explains how these rock formations were created over the past 500 million years.

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Jun 26, 2016 - Florissant Fossil Beds

North of Canon City and west of Colorado Springs about an hour is the tiny town of Florissant. The beautiful valley surrounding this town holds petrified redwoods and detailed fossils of ancient insects and plants. About 35 million years ago, enormous volcanic eruptions buried the valley. A lake formed, and the fine-grained sediments at its bottom compacted into layers of shale, preserving these delicate organisms as fossils. The National Monument has yielded over 50,000 museum pieces of over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The most...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Peterson Air and Space Museum

Another stop in Colorado Springs was the Peterson Air and Space Museum. The base on which the museum sits and the museum were named for Lt. Edward Peterson who was killed in a crash. A portion of the base was once the municipal airport for Colorado Springs until WWII when it was repurposed to be a training ground for a photographic reconnaissance squadron. One of the hangars which now houses exhibits was once used by the Broadmoor hotel for airplane storage for wealthy clientele. The museum exhibits include some personal artifacts from Lt....

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Jun 24, 2016 - Colorado Prisons Museum

Canon City is the home of a Colorado Territorial Prison (a medium security institution) and a museum of CO prisons. It was housed in one of the old cell blocks, and each cell displayed some element of prison life – what a typical cell looked like, shackles used, punishment methods, items created by prisoners. One of the more interesting items was a table top made of weapons confiscated from inmates. It was almost eerie to step into a cell - even though they did not have doors, you did not want to hear something closing behind you. But the...

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Jun 23, 2016 - US Air Force Academy

We took a day to visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It is a huge campus at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The buildings (one with a tail like a plane) and Cadet Chapel are certainly beautiful and a very modern design. Like West Point, the campus was immaculate – no paper or beer cans lying around. Unlike West Point, the campus and buildings do not ooze with US history and a who's who in our military history. The Air Force did not become a separate branch of the military until 1947, and the first graduation was in 1960. While...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Royal Gorge

We left Mancos headed for Canon (pronounced “Canyon”) City which is about 50 miles west of Colorado Springs. The drive included driving through Wolf Creek pass which is 11,300' high. The coach climbed the winding road at a steady 40 MPH and on the way down the engine brake held us at a steady 45 without a foot on the brakes. A great thing! Once again, the mountain vistas are just awesome. We settled in at a nice park just outside of Canon City. Steph has a full list of activities for us including the Royal Gorge Bridge. The Bridge is an...

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May 6, 2016 - Canon City, Colorado

It is a less eventful day. There are no great pictures to post. I spend time talking with our KOA host. We decide to go to Cripple Creek. The travel time is a little more than we enjoy by motorcycle. Also, it is windy and there is a good chance of rain. We try taking the RV. We head north on Route Nine. We are definitely climbing. We turn toward Cripple Creek. We are now on a two lane road with a thirty-five mile speed limit. We climb nonstop. We have soon climbed two thousand feet and we are still forty-five minutes from Cripple Creek....

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