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Old 08-01-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Colorado Springs in November?

Planning our first long trip from S. Central TX to Colorado Springs in early November.

Any "must see" attractions? Anything to be aware of or stay away from? Any route suggestions from San Antonio up to Colorado? Any pointers at all?

I'm thinking Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, maybe Garden of the Gods... Still looking for family-with-young-kids friendly attractions and activities.

The drive will take about a day and a half. We're planning to take advantage of our 2-year old's sleeping patterns and get the first "day" of driving knocked out after he goes to bed. We'll stop somewhere and catch a few hours rest and grab some breakfast and hit it again early. The second day will be like a regular travel day for us, albeit a long one, to put is in Colorado Springs in the early evening.

Our schedule will be to have some kind of activity/destination planned for the morning hours, and have the afternoon to "freestyle". If we come across something we want to go see, we can head out and see it. If we want to just hang out at camp and rest, we can do that too. With a 2-YO along for the ride, we have to keep things flexible, but we must stick to his schedule or face the wrath of a grumpy toddler!! LOL!!

I'm still in the VERY early planning stages on this one, so any input is welcome!! And thanks in advance!!
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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Forgot to mention, the "meat" of the trip (non-travel time) will be about 4 to 4.5 days. The .5 day is the last day we head home after the boy goes to bed or during his long afternoon nap.
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Be prepared for snow.
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Be prepared for snow.
That's part of my concern. What do I need to "be prepared"? My truck is 4wd, but being that I live in S. TX, I don't deal with snow. Dirt? No problem. Mud? Easy. Rocky, barely-suitable-for-ATV hill country ranch roads? Piece of cake! Sandy beach driving? FUN!!

Snow? ... not so much...
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Be prepared for snow.
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We were in Denver mid October and woke up one morning to 7" and 17 degrees. As to Pikes Peak got snow up there in July.
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If you can, avoid Raton pass/Trinidad if snowfall occurs.
Go east till elevations drop enough that snow is clear. Then south towards Amarillo.
Raton pass is bad enough in good weather.
Daughter and sil lived in Denver for 6 years.
We got snowed in a few times. Traffic just stops at Trinidad.
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Road Conditions, Speeds, Travel Times, Traffic Cameras, Live Streaming Traffic Cameras, Road Closures and Road Work Information provided by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of Colorado Department of Transportation

Keep this link handy during your trip.
The live cameras are a real handy recource.
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7 Falls in Colorado Springs is pretty nice but a bit pricey. The Cheyenne Mountain zoo is also nice. The cog railway is awesome but maybe closed depending on the snow conditions on the peak.
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If you can, avoid Raton pass/Trinidad if snowfall occurs.
Go east till elevations drop enough that snow is clear. Then south towards Amarillo.
Raton pass is bad enough in good weather.
Daughter and sil lived in Denver for 6 years.
We got snowed in a few times. Traffic just stops at Trinidad.
Given that little tidbit, I'm thinking of altering my route to come straight North out of TX and hanging a left in Lamar and heading into Pueblo from the East. I was thinking going through the pass out of Raton into Trinidad would be kinda neat, but I've GOT to remember the time of year we're talking about. This ain't summer! LOL!
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We were there late June this year and there was still snow on Pikes Peak. You need to make reservations for the Cog RR at least in June you do. We did all the things you mentioned plus 7 falls and all are kid friendly. The private RV park we stayed in and all the ones we went by in CS really pack them in. So close with slide outs and awnings there are less than 1' between. Matter of fact we didn't need our awning because our neighbors was almost touching our rig and they took over the only picnic table we saw. Pikes Peak campground was closed because of issues with homeless people when we were there but I think they were close to getting it under control. We drove through Mueller State Park and it looked nice and fairly close to all the attractions at CS (maybe 30 minutes). We thought Cripple Creek sounded like a quaint old mining town but was mostly Casinos. If you never been I highly recommend it. If we go back we will stay in a State Park or research the private ones better.
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