We stopped at the Visitor’s Center before hitting a trail. View from the parking lot at the center above.
The Visitor’s Center above looked like what you would expect from a Colorado park.
A few of the critters at the top of a trail. I see yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Florida in the winter but this was the first one I had seen in his summer breeding colors. NOW I know why they call it a “yellow-bellied” sapsucker.
Heading down the trail, we only walked for about an hour. It was late in the afternoon and we didn’t want to drive back to Colorado Springs in the dark. There’s over 55 miles of trails here. All have stations to sign in and out when you are hiking the specific trail. It is bear country. The visitor center had a sign that one of the trails was closed for the day due to a bear on the trail that morning.