Wish You Were Here…Pikes Peak

One view of Pikes Peak

O Beautiful for spacious skies…for purple mountains majesties…

Welcome to Pikes Peak

Today’s location is a continuation of the patriotic theme for July. What better place to do that than the very spot that inspired “America The Beautiful”. It’s also a tribute to our resident cowgirl. Every year there is the famous Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo to attract the best cowboys on the circuit.

Rider at the Pikes Peak or Bust rodeo

If you appreciate some magnificent western scenery may want to consider a romantic journey to Colorado Springs, home of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak.

Hotel on Pikes Peak

There’s plenty to do on the mountain. Hike 12 miles up the Barr Trail to the summit, hop aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or drive the 19-mile scenic highway and enjoy the view from the new Summit House.

Pikes Peak Train

Cliff House

Every July 4th, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb attracts top drivers from the motorsports world. Imagine the excitement of riding down the mountain on a bicycle, motorcycle or racecar. There are plenty of bad boys in this sports world to inspire a hero.

At the starting line

In addition to the mythic mountain itself, there’s more to see; The Garden of the Gods Park is known for its massive red sandstone formations, and it has a natural history museum that interprets the surroundings. Royal Gorge is home to the world’s highest suspension bridge. Outdoor adventurers have so many choices that they need to make sure there’s enough time to enjoy all the activities. The majors: river rafting, hiking, play golf, horseback ride, mountain bike, fish, and ski.

Where should you stay? If you believe that a fabulous view is the best setting for an intimate getaway, consider a cabin rental in the Garden of the Gods (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p212857) , There are also some 30 bed and breakfasts in the area, in addition to lower-priced motels and camping.

When’s the best time to visit? The area boasts a mild, dry climate and sun 300 days a year. The Rockies’ cool and dry mountain air are a great respite to summer humidity elsewhere; temperatures rarely climb above 80 in the summer season. Fall brings a blazing show of foliage, and the best lodging rates. (Off-season is September through May).

Before you book a trip, though, there’s one thing you need to know: Colorado Springs is 6,035 feet above sea level. There’s less oxygen at that elevation. Visitors are advised to give their body time to adjust to the change by drinking lots of fluids, taking it easy the first day, and avoiding alcohol at first (or else you’ll get drunk lots faster, on much less!). Of course, any respectable southern belle wouldn’t miss this excellent excuse to swoon into the arms of one of the bad boys of racing or a chivalrous cowboy.

Driver Micky Dymond

Rider Scott Montague

So on that note, since I’m feeling a little light headed and need to find some strong arms, wish you were here…

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6 Responses

  1. I’ve been to Pikes Peak and if you ever get the chance it’s gorgeous. I have a video of us driving up it(which takes for freakin ever) with my mom screaming for my dad to slow down before we go flying off the *%*@* side of the mountain. Great family fun!

  2. Laughing so hard at Sayde’s comment I hope I’m hitting the correct keys!

    Pike’s Peak is somewhere that could never fall into the category “Been, there; done that”. It’s a “When can we come back?!” or “Do we HAVE to leave?” sort of place.

    Wonderful post, Liz!

  3. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And swooning into one of thse guys’ arms? I’m there.

    Been to PIkes Peak and my most memorable thought is that I was freezing my tail off- IN AUG!!

  4. Wanted to let you know, I so enjoy Southern Sizzle I had to share your link at my own blog http://www.dandwh.wordpress.com.

    Keep it Sizzling ladies

  5. so there I am, taking a class on Savvy Authors, and what do I find but the Sizzle Chix? What a surprise!

    Love this — never been, but putting it on the bucket list!!!

  6. Oh, boy Pikes Peak. We lived only a few miles from it, when I was much younger. (cough! cough! not saying how much younger!)

    In those days (Lordy, now I am going to date myself) the cars wouldn’t make it up the whole way. The engines had to be modified back then. But there were roads in Colorado that definitely fit Sayde’s comments.
    Loved the road to Cripple Creek. It’s still bad.

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