The aspen trees were in full yellow during our quick walk in Mueller State Park in late September. It was one of the few times we saw the sun during our week in Colorado so that made it even more pretty.
On our drive back to Colorado Spring, we could see the drizzle started to appear the closer we got back to our hotel.
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.
Passed all of the exciting sites. The tour guide did have some great stories about the old mining days.
The scenery was beautiful but it was a short ride. Thirty minutes out and then we turned around and came back. We stopped several times along the way to hear stories about each of the local mines and the history of the area. The ride went by really fast.
Cripple Creek was exactly what I thought it was going to be. A sleepy little town far from the big city. Except for the big casino that looked brand new. Not sure how old that was. We walked around a little bit before catching our train ride.
The white building was the oldest building still intact. The original town “parlour house”. Now it’s a museum. Love their motto “Where the customer always comes first.” You can read some history about it here.
The usual things you find while waiting for your train ride are above. The little bird is a junco. They were very skittish.
A lot of fun in a tiny little town.
And then off we went on our train ride. More to come….
All above were taken on the road to Cripple Creek. Once you pass the city of Divide, you start driving around the other side of Pikes Peak and getting in the mountains were the aspen trees had all turned yellow. It’s a long winding road but there were many sections were you could pull off and take pictures. I think we stopped at every one.
The entrance to the cave at Cave of The Winds. I took a lot of pictures inside the cave with my phone but the pictures just don’t tell the story of being inside. It was fairly easy to walk through (you have to go with a tour guide) but there were a lot of metal stairs up and down. I don’t really have problem with claustrophobia so the spaces didn’t feel that tight to me.
No, we did not climb that ladder.
Sign on the way out. It was a fun way to spend an hour out of the cold and rain. It was interesting to hear the tour guide tell stories of the old days when people would crawl around on hands and knees with only a lantern.
Woke up to another dismal morning at the hotel in Cheyenne Mountain. What to do when it rains? The lady at the front desk when we checked in said there was a pretty scenic drive that we could drive to get on a train for a short ride. At least we would be in the car.
Off we went to Cripple Creek, about an hour from Colorado Springs. About 20 minutes later we saw blue skies.
There was so many cool things to see on the road to Cripple Creek. We started to see the yellow aspen trees. I kept making Brett stop so I could take pictures. It took us over 2 hours to get to Cripple Creek with all of the stops. So glad I paid attention to the lady at the front desk.