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.
We were sitting at lunch after a rainy cold walk around Garden of the Gods and were deciding what to do next. We still had most of the afternoon open but the weather was not cooperating. Brett said “Let’s do something inside”. We decided on Cave of the Winds nearby. You explore the inside of a cave on a tour. The drive up the mountain area where the entrance to the cave sits was beautiful. We took our time and I took a ton of pictures spending more time outside than in.
The views from the visitor’s center at the entrance to the cave was breathtaking. You can also get strapped to a seat and get launched 150 feet off a cliff. I did not want to lose the lunch I just ate so I passed. These guys seemed to have be having fun though.
Time to go back down the mountain and on to the next adventure.
Our view from the hotel. The first morning was the only time we saw Cheyenne Mountain. After this it was completely covered in fog.
We spent a morning walking around in the drizzle at Garden of the Gods.
An afternoon at Cave of the Winds. The view from the parking lot is above.
The above were on the road to Cripple Creek.
Spent a short time walking around the grounds of Glen Eyrie Castle. You can stay here but they book up fast. Maybe next year.
Helen Hunt Falls in Cheyenne Mountain Park.
It was hard to believe that just two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed through our area we were waking up in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain just west of Colorado Springs. We had planned this trip back in early spring and there were a lot of hurdles to get through before we could relax on our vacation including a 7 hour flight delay getting there. Relaxing wasn’t high on the list for the vacation though. We spent every day outside in the rain and drizzle walking around. Even in the fog and rain, the area was insanely beautiful. Or maybe it was because we aren’t accustomed to seeing the mountains on a daily basis. I guess some of the people who grew up here would say the same thing about our beaches in Florida. We hit most of the places on our wish list but due to weather missed a few as well. All the more reason to go back in the near future. I took a ton of pictures and am just starting to edit them. More later.