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Road Trippin’ - Southwest Colorado

Posted by Doug Eldridge on Mar 15, 2016 1:03:33 PM


Southwest Colorado

As the snow continues to blanket the mountains and valleys of Colorado, it's the perfect time to take the family out on a Colorado road trip. Southwest Colorado has it all, from beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air to extreme sports. Getting there isn’t the easiest, which is part of the allure.  The ruggedness of the region is exasperated by the solitude that comes from the closest major city being 100s of miles away.

Getting Ready To Go – The weather can change in the blink of an eye in the mountains, the spring can produce heavy, wet snow that is measured with yardsticks, not rulers, but that doesn't mean you have to stay home. Grab your warmest clothes, boots, skis, tubes and sleds and get ready for some winter fun and pack a picnic and hiking clothes, because there’s just as good a chance that warm spring weather will welcome your visit. Before you head out make sure you have the proper gear, including sunglasses.  Whether it’s sunny or snowy the proper eye protection is a must!

Below are some must-dos on your trip to Southwest Colorado…mobile phone charger

Royal Gorge Zip Line Tour – If you have a family full of adrenaline junkies, you absolutely cannot miss this amazing zip line tour. Dress like you're going to hit the slopes and get ready for the ride of your life. Flying at speeds up to 45 miles an hour, on one of nine zip lines over a mile long, takes around two hours. It's one of the coolest and most exhilarating ways to see the Royal Gorge and the surrounding area.

Monarch Mountain – Just a short drive away from Denver or Colorado Springs, a trip to Monarch Mountain is a great day trip or weekend getaway. Spend the day on the slopes of one of the most beautiful mountains in the state and take in all the natural beauty. Ski lifts are located just off the parking lot, so there's not a lot of hiking to get to the fun. Whether you are a beginner in need of lessons or you are a seasoned pro, you'll have a fantastic time playing in the snow.

Salida Hot Springs Pool – Right in your own backyard, Salida Hot Springs Pool is the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country. Getting outside in the brisk winter air is exhilarating, but it's also nice to soak up some natural warmth from the hot springs. When the day is done and it's time to warm up and relax, grab your swimsuits and head over to the public pool or relax in your own private soaking pool.

Ride The Divide – One of the best ways to experience the backcountry of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is on a snowmobile. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride through breathtaking scenery or something more adventurous, you won't be disappointed. Rent a sled and all the snowmobile gear you need or bring your own, but don't miss out on this opportunity!

So, now that you know what’s there, get going!  Don’t forget your shades and the proper attire; look the part and enjoy the road!

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